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Maximum Overdrive (1986)

 -  Action | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  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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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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25 July 1986 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,433,663 (USA)
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Stephen King, being a former cocaine addict, later admitted that he was "coked out of my mind" the entire time he was making this picture and often didn't know what he was doing. He remarked that he'd like to try directing again someday, this time sober. See more »

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When Duncan is killed by the Truck there is blood all over the front grill and bumper. Later you see the Truck and there is no blood. See more »

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As Far as Cheese is Concerned: Maximum Overdose!
29 September 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

When Stephen King first set out to make this movie, he was up front about wanting to make a schlock film. Boy did he succeed. I was on the fence about whether or not to give this a great rating or a terrible one because this has got to be right up there with "Plan 9 From Outer Space" as one of the worst films ever made. But my god is it a good time, as long as you don't take it too seriously. I mean, in the world of "Overdrive" people's bodies seem to pop like grapes when trucks hit them, so how seriously can you take that? And there are some other great moments of cheesy stupidity that will have viewers barking with appalled laughter.

Unfortunately the elements of the film that are simply, and unpleasantly bad overpower the film and weigh down what laughs there are, which is why I settled on a poorer-than-poor rating. The bride character played by Yeardley Smith is one of the shrillest, most grating of characters that I have ever had the misfortune to see. The acting is so campy they may as well be singing "Kumbaya." This is funny most of the time, but as in the case of Smith, and a truly disgusting Bible salesman, watching this film feels like a waste of heartbeats.

However, upon seeing this film a second time, this seems like a good movie for drinking games, so there can be some use made of this. As for whether or not King should be put to death for this film's existence, I think I'll let him speak for himself: "*on writing a stinker*...it happens; as the author of "Maximum Overdrive", I'm qualified to say so." ("On Writing", p.216).


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