Maximum Overdrive (1986)

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After radiation from a comet showers the earth, inanimate tractor-trailers come to life and terrorize a group of people trapped in a rest stop. The manager (Pat Hingle) and a prisoner on parole (Emilio Estevez) organize the defense of the group and engage a counter-attack.

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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 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Mar 14, 2009 | Rating: 3/5

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

Mar 1, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

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

Jun 18, 2003 | Rating: 0/5

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

Mar 19, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A suitably schlocky Stephen King story.

Feb 10, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Maximum Overdrive

Fun and funny until it totally isn't, "Maximum Overdrive" is a brutal, gory, and unnecessary film that strives too hard for a shock rather than focussing on a consistent story. It is odd saying that about a film written and directed by Stephen King, but seeing as this is the only film he has ever directed, that is not a surprise in the slightest. He has now found his footing elsewhere, but quite honestly, he had a rocky start to his career with this film. A series of freak occurrences during a Comet affecting the planet, causes trucks and other inanimate objects to "come to life" and terrorize the town and all the people in it. Bonding to stay alive, the majority of the cast locks themselves in a gas station surrounded by trucks circling around them, waiting to pounce. Again, the first 30 minutes of this film are so over-the-top and fun that I was having a blast; However, the film slows right down, confining it to one space with not very much happening, and I found myself pretty bored. In a film with not a very interesting premise to begin with, I was hoping for a lot more shocking moments than what was presented. Overall, it's a fun movie for a bit, but the it stops being that and becomes a borefest. A very forgettable movie.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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½

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".

Lee ?
Lee ?

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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.

Aj V
Aj V

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½

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

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Keiko Aya

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