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Maximum Overdrive (1986)


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Release Date: Jul 25, 1986 Wide



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Writer-director Stephen King falls short in his debut at the helm with Maximum Overdrive, an absurd tale about a radiation storm that somehow animates machines across the world, causing them to turn on their makers. The film focuses on a group of survivors held captive at the Dixie Boy Diner by a group of bad-tempered semis. Led by Emilio Estevez, the diner-goers do their impression of Ten Little Indians, waiting their turn until each gets bumped off one by one. There are holes in the plot big


Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics

Apr 10, 2001

Lorimar Home Video

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Stephen King has admitted himself that he was coked out of his mind during the making of this. Well... duh!

May 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

Truck stop attacked by mechanical objects, including trucks, gone awry! Based on Stephen King story.

March 14, 2009

This is why other people usually direct King's writing.

March 1, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Maximum Crap. It sorta revived AC/DC, if that matters.

June 18, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Most of the characters are so annoying that you want them to die ... a recipe' for a railroad-spike lobotomy migraine

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source:

A suitably schlocky Stephen King story.

February 10, 2003
Sunday Times (Australia)

" 'Maximum Tedium' -- the year

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

When Novelists Direct!

July 25, 2002

Audience Reviews for Maximum Overdrive

Whilst earth travels through the tail end of a comet trail all the machines in the world go haywire and start to turn violently on their human creators with anything from electric knives to ice-cream vans seeking blood, but it's the big rig trucks that play the lead villains in this film as they trap a group of survivors in a remote truck stop and won't let them leave. Funny, bloody and thrilling for the most part, but I thought things dragged towards the end, it could have done with being 10 minutes shorter. It's enjoyably camp and makes for a good nights viewing, and all with a rocking soundtrack by ACDC. It's similar to the movie 'Tremors' but without the "graboids".
April 16, 2011
Lee ?

Super Reviewer

One of my favourite machines gone haywire movies ever! First of all it's directed by King himself, not just written by him! It's got Emilio Estevez, who gives a nice performance, as does the rest of the cast. Plus, an awesome heavy metal soundtrack from ACDC! I highly recommend this movie.
January 21, 2011

Super Reviewer

What can I say Maximum Overdrive is a major guilty pleasure and it is one of my favorite movies ever! It?s so sad to see that Stephen king never Directed anything else but this I mean this movie is so cool who could hate it? I first watch this movie when I was really young it was my dad?s favorite movie and I guess I watched it so Meany times it just grow on me even though I had no idea what was going on. But you grow up and realize how much better things are when you can understand it. And I have to say but this movie was the first ever DVD I actually bought because I love it.

So the movie begins with a comet passing earth called REA-M and all machines on the planet start coming to life and trying to kill us Humans from everyday Objects to cars and trucks and Lawn Mowers. Because of this crisis it leaves a grope of people trapped at a truck stop anyone who tries to leave are run over by the circling trucks. They are planning to use these Humans to there advantage if they need fuel.
Again I won?t ruin the story so I have left things out.

What is the best part about the movie of course it is the Music by AC/DC Who made Who at the start is one of my favorite intros but sadly I am not an AC/DC fan this movie is really the only thing I have heard by them. Another part I love most about this movie is the Trucks because there awesome. The special effects are good but not great there seems to be more Money put into blood and gore then anything else but I still like it. The acting was great but it can get very average but still good. I really like Emilio Estevez in this movie I might be the only one who says that.

Anyway Maximum Overdrive is one of my favorite movies and I hope you do watch it I don?t really find it to be a horror more of an action. And am I the only who sit?s throw the ending credits?

Keiko?s score 91-100
September 8, 2010
Keiko A. --Samurai--
Keiko Aya

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This is Stephen King Directorial debut and also his last. This film plays out more like a comedy horror film. I personally enjoyed the film simply for the fact it tries too hard to be a serious horror film, except it isn't. The film, upon it's release, grossed a mere 7.5$ million at the box office. It has since retained a cult following amongst horror fans. If you want a prime example of tongue in cheek horror, then this film is for you. I couldn't stop laughing. My favorite part is when the little league kid gets crushed by a steamroller. It's really a guilty pleasure, and pretty fun to watch, just don't expect anything 'scary'.
August 13, 2010
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

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