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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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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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Imagine your worst nightmare: machines take over the world! See more »


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25 July 1986 (USA)  »

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Ocho días de terror  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,433,663 (USA)
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Trivia

When asked why he hasn't directed a movie since "Maximum Overdrive", Stephen King responded "Just watch Maximum Overdrive." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Hendershot: I don't give a ladybug!
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Connections

Referenced in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

You Shook Me All Night Long
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Written in 1980
Re-mixed for Maximum Overdrive
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User Reviews

 
A guilty pleasure.
7 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

Oh, how I wished I hated this movie. However, I don't...I actually enjoy this movie a lot. All the critics hate it, most people I talk to hate it, but I like it. Maybe it is the cool AC/DC soundtrack...I don't know. The action is pretty good and there are some pretty good kills in this one, though it isn't anything that is very scary at all. A couple of the scenes are annoying, but for the most part I enjoy this take on the King short story "Trucks". This one has the machines of the world suddenly turning on humans, though in the end it is mainly trucks that are featured. Survivors at a gas station are stranded there as the trucks circle the facility. They have to find a way out or else. This isn't a movie that is worthy of awards or something, but I think it is a fun movie to watch.


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