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Maximum Overdrive (1986)

 -  Action | Comedy | Horror  -  25 July 1986 (USA)
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A group of people try to survive when machines start to come alive and become homicidal.

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Jack Canon ...
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Barry Bell ...
Steve Gayton
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J. Don Ferguson ...
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Storyline

For 8 days in 1986, the earth passed through the tail of a mysterious Rea-M rogue comet. During that time, machines on earth suddenly come to life and terrorize their human creators. A small group of people in a truck stop, surrounded by "alive" semi-trailers, set out to stop the machines before the machines stop them. Written by Matt McQuillan <mjment@hotmail.com>

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The day horror went into overdrive. See more »


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25 July 1986 (USA)  »

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Ocho días de terror  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,433,663 (USA)
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The trailer for this film used the John Carpenter/Alan Howarth score from Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982). See more »

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In the scene where Curt and Connie are attempting to get into the truck stop, the beer truck is ramming their car after they are freed from it. The driver of the beer truck is visible for a few seconds. See more »

Quotes

Deke: Bill, where's my dad?
Hendershot: [casual tone] Oh, your dad got scrubbed by one of 'em big boys out there earlier today. Tough break, kid.
Brett: You unbelievable shithead!
Hendershot: [oblivious] What? What'd I do?
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Hells Bells
Performed by AC/DC
Written in 1980
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highway to hell
20 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

A classic, I know the acting wasn't all that great, you had to love the AC/DC soundtrack. When you mention Maxiumum Overdrive you think of AC/DC, trucks and machines killing and injuring anyone in their way. I liked this movie and really had nothing bad to say about it, I thought it was a good idea for a horror film and maybe not executed out like it could have been, but still very good and entertaining.


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