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Maximum Overdrive (1986)

Maximum Overdrive
5.9 Rating
(146 ratings)
5.3 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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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
Sci-fi (5), Horror (5), Supernatural (4), 1980s (4), Stephen King (4), Action (3), Thriller (3), 1986 (3), Bizarre (1), Horrifying (1), Wicked (1), Alarming (1), Strange (1), Truck (1), Bloodcurdling (1), Eerie (1), Hair-raising (1), Spine-tingling (1), # Eng (1), Nightmarish (1)
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""Imagine your worst nightmare: machines take over the world!" "Who Made Who?""


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" How in the world can a master of horror like Stephen King have written such a frickin' piece of crap as this? I had heard bad things about Maximum Overdrive before, but no one really told me how bad it was. If I could take this crap out of my brain I would. It's simply THAT bad. There's no redeeming aspect for it either. The characters are all unlikeable pricks, the horror is more action oriented than anything else and the plot potential is completely wasted on trucks and cars with a few othe"


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"A fun and entertaining cult action horror about machines turning against humans. Plenty of destruction and explosions on display if you like that kind of thing. "


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"Stephen King has admitted himself that he was coked out of his mind during the making of this. Well... duh! - Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine"


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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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"The screenplay was inspired by and loosely based on King's short story, Trucks, which was included in King's first collection of short stories, "Night Shift". I haven't seen the film yet. "


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