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Maximum Overdrive (1986)

Maximum Overdrive
5.8 Rating
(153 ratings)
5.4 IMDB rating

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Emilio Estevez

Emilio Estevez

Bill Robinson
Pat Hingle

Pat Hingle

Bubba Hendershot
John Short

John Short

Curtis
Ellen McElduff

Ellen McElduff

Wanda June
J.C. Quinn

J.C. Quinn

Duncan Keller
Christopher Murney

Christopher Murney

Camp Loman


Written by
Stephen King

Stephen King

(short story Trucks)


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3 weeks, 6 days ago at Jul 31 19:53
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Stephen King is better known for writing classic horror/thriller novels that have been adapted into the big screen. So went it came down for him to direct a feature based on one of his short stories, fans were pretty stoked. But then "Maximum Overdrive" hit theaters and critics and audiences were not pleased with how the end result turned out. King eventually revealed in an interview that he was g... read more
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When a comet passes close to Earth, machines all over the world come alive and go on homicidal rampages. A group of people at a desolate truck stop are held hostage by a gang of homicidal 18-wheelers. The frightened people set out to defeat the killer machines ... or be killed by them.
Release date: 25 July 1986
UPC: 013131138498
Horror (5), Sci-fi (5), Stephen King (4), 1980s (4), 1986 (3), Action (3), Thriller (3), Supernatural (3), Usa (1), Steamroller (1), Truck (1), # Eng (1), 97 Min (1), Technology (1)
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“Stephen King is better known for writing classic horror/thriller novels that have been adapted into the big screen. So went it came down for him to direct a feature based on one of his short stories, fans were pretty stoked. But then "Maximum Overdrive" hit theaters and critics and audiences were not pleased with how the end result turned out. King eventually revealed in an interview that he was going through a nasty cocaine addiction at the time during shooting and declared this film as a "moron movie". Needless to say, this flick is pretty awful but it is entertainingly bad. There are a bunch of unintentionally humorous moments ranging from the death scenes as well as the subpar acting from the likes of Emilio Estevez and Yeardley Smith (Lisa Simpson herself). It is no wonder that King h” read more

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"When asked why he hasn't directed a movie since "Maximum Overdrive", Stephen King responded "Just watch Maximum Overdrive." The Happy Toyz truck is a 1981 Western Star 4800 (supposedly). AC/DC was selected to make the music for the movie by Stephen King himself. The "Dixie Boy" truck stop was a set constructed 10 miles outside of Wilmington, North Carolina. It was convincing enough that several truckers tried to stop in, and eventually the producers had to put announcements in local papers"


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