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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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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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truck | machine | truck stop | earth | comet | See more »

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Stephen King's masterpiece of terror directed by the master himself. See more »

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

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25 July 1986 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,433,663 (USA)
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One of the stories by Stephen King that does not take place or mention his home state of Maine as part of the movie. See more »

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At the end of the movie Brad walks up and takes a ring from a dead woman's finger, leaning his gun up against the side of the car. The gun is tall enough to be seen through the rear driver-side window but in the next shot from the rear of the car the gun is gone. See more »

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Hendershot: I don't give a ladybug!
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User Reviews

 
A very underrated horror movie.
6 August 2011 | by (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) – See all my reviews

True this movie is stupid. True it is dumb. But I found it to be a guilty pleasure and a lot of fun. I don't understand why this movie is so underrated and why it gets all the negativity it gets.

The plot is excellent. I thought the idea of motor vehicles and other types of machinery being possessed was amazing. There are a lot of scenes of people getting killed by vehicles and other kinds of machinery. If you like that kind of stuff, you will like this movie.

The acting in this movie is so bad it's good. I have met some people that told me the people who acted in this movie did a bad job. When I saw the movie, I just laughed at how bad it was. Like I said, so bad it's good. There is also another category for the acting, so stupid it's funny.

I thought this movie did a very decent job with the pacing (unlike the sixth sense which I thought was very slow paced). There is lots of action, lots of explosions and it does not lag. But before I saw this movie, I was expecting it to be so terrible. But I am glad I saw it. I think anybody who sees this film could enjoy it if it is not taken seriously.

This movie falls into two categories: So stupid it's funny and so bad it's good. If you like those kind of films, you will like Maximum Overdrive. But if you want to see something more serious, I would recommend 8MM or American History X. This movie is a must see for anybody who can enjoy a movie with silly acting and silly dialogue.


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