11 items from 2014
Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com
Maximum Overdrive (1986)
Written by: Stephen King
Directed by: Stephen King
Cast: Emilio Estevez (Bill), Pat Hingle (Bubba), Laura Harrington (Brett), Yeardley Smith (Connie), John Short (Curtis), J.C. Quinn (Duncan Keller), Holter Graham (Deke Keller), Frankie Faison (Handy)
Alright, I know that I probably can’t tell you anything new about this one, but sometimes I feel like I need to defend it as a wonderful and random anomaly that will probably never happen again. Stephen King as a director? AC/DC doing the complete score? Man, that sounds like horror/rock and roll heaven! In a way, it was. Once again, I do have some nostalgia for this film. It was the humble beginnings of one of my favorite cities, Wilmington, Nc becoming a prolific film town. This film was made by Deg films along with a couple of other King adaptations like “Cat »
It’s another 13th of the month. Here’s our top 13 list of unconventional murder weapons. All contributions are by the staff and listed as such.
Deadly Friend Death by Basketball
by Mike Hassler
Deadly Friend is not a good movie. At all. Wes Craven’s really hit or miss, in case you didn’t already realize this — for every Last House on the Left there’s a Vampire in Brooklyn, and for a Nightmare on Elm Street there’s a Shocker. His 1986 cheese-tastic gem Deadly Friend is quite a fun watch just for it’s terrible nature. The preposterous plot is of a young man implanting a computer chip into the girl next door’s brain which then gives her superpowers and causes her to go homicidal. The best moment? When our cybernetically altered hottie Samantha (Kristy Swanson) chucks a basketball at Anne “Mama” Ramsey’s head, which literally »
- Andy Triefenbach
This review contains spoilers.
2.1 Heads Will Roll
Under The Dome returns for its second season to remind us that there’s never a dull moment in Chester’s Mill. Nor one that makes sense. Nor one that isn’t filled by intense running, emphatic dialogue, leaps of illogic, or - now - killer lawnmowers. It’s all actually quite a lot of fun once you tune in to the show’s schlocky B-movie personality.
Speaking of schlocky B-movies, Stephen King - drafted in to write this second season opener - has a fine time in Heads Will Roll channelling his sole directorial venture, Maximum Overdrive. The 1986 film saw a passing comet cause Earth’s electrical items, from electric knives to ATMs, to become ambulant and go on a murderous rampage. »
Fasten your safety belts, junkies, because this week’s episode…wait, no. Don’t fasten the seat belt at all. Get out of that car immediately! It’s sentient, it’ll destroy you! It’S What Evil Drives!!! Luckily, what drives me and Cargill is our love for strange filmic subgenres, not the least of which being the fuel-injected, tire-squealing landscape of killer car flicks. On this week’s episode, we veer into oncoming excellence; popping the hood on five of our favorite vicious vehicles from cinema past. We also park the show momentarily to stare aghast at the sheer audacity of Stephen King’s incendiary remarks during the Maximum Overdrive trailer. Don’t idle, you’ve got the green light to download another high octane edition of Junkfood Cinema. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #15 Directly On This Week’s Show: Idling [0:00 - 1:47] Ladies and gentlemen…The »
- Brian Salisbury
News is trickling onto the web today that AC/DC is officially retiring. The rumor is because Malcolm Young sadly suffered a stroke and a blood clot was left in his brain. An official announcement of some kind is forthcoming - when it does happen, it's going to be the end of an era. AC/DC has always been one of my favorite bands growing up as a kid on the East Coast. And I have Stephen King to thank for my introduction to them. Strange as it may seem, I had never heard one of their songs until Maximum Overdrive in '86 (I was 10, so you can't really blame me being completely unaware of who AC/DC was) and for days after seeing that movie, I couldn't get "Who Made Who" out of my head.
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- Ryan Turek
First impressions are everything, which is why the art of the movie trailer has become the most vital tool in the film industry. A bad trailer can sour you on the best movie, but most of the time it’s the other way around. If Hollywood does anything right, it’s selling us a slow-cooked turd as delicious chocolate.
So here are Dread Central’s picks for great horror movie trailers that overshadowed their lesser films:
Exciting trailers for bad movies are a dime a dozen, but what about the ones that are shot just for marketing? You won’t find a better example of an ad eclipsing a film than the brilliant teaser for The Hills Have Eyes 2. Completely wordless with only the sounds of dragging bodies and Devendra Banhart’s “Insect Eyes,” the teaser showed more artistry and directorial flare than anything in the actual movie. »
Cameos can be found in everything from film to books to video games. They can be employed as a nod of appreciation to an earlier work, an attempt to establish a shared universe, or simply an amusing sight gag for those in the know.
The realm of horror films certainly has its share of cameos, ranging from original cast members appearing in remakes such as 2004′s Dawn of the Dead, to fellow directors popping up in their colleague’s films like George Romero in Silence of the Lambs.
There are other cameos lurking in the shadows of your favourite horror films, waiting patiently for you to utter those four little words, “I’ll be right back… »
- Ryan Lynch
What's this? While recent travel has kept me more quiet about the ongoing Twitch presented Kingdom Of Fear retrospective of Stephen King related films at the Tiff Bell Lightbox than I would like, things are still rolling along nicely. And in this week's selection the rolling is literal.Yup, King's sole directorial effort - Maximum Overdrive - hits the big screen in glorious 35mm tomorrow night (that'd be Saturday the 22nd) at 10pm. Here's the pitch:When Earth passes through the tail of a rogue comet, the strange radiation causes machinery all over the planet to come to life and start attacking humans. In North Carolina, a motley crew of motorists and locals fleeing the mechanized menaces take refuge at an isolated truck stop, which soon turns...
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What are some of the most badass vehicles in horror history? Stuntman Mike's death proof Chevy Nova? The Plymouth Fury known as Christine? Maximum Overdrive's semi-truck with Green Goblin's head mounted on its grill? Yea, those are all pretty cool ways to get around. But they all pale in comparison to artist Jitish Kallat's stunning creations...
As we spotted over on the Stan Winston School website, the India-based artist currently has an exhibit on display at Art Stage Singapore called 'Bone Vehicles,' which are quite literally vehicles that are comprised entirely of bones - well, not actual bones. Inspired by his own photographs of vehicles that have been torched and decimated during riots, Kallat uses steel, resin and brass to sculpt the skeletal structures of cars, trucks and motorcycles, as if the vehicles themselves were once living creatures. The fossilized remains of automobiles, if you will.
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- John Squires
This past weekend, Tiff kicked off their Stephen King movie retrospective. Taking place from now until April, Kingdom of Fear: Stephen King on Screen includes twelve screenings of popular King adaptations, including The Shawshank Redemption and Creepshow. Here’s the official schedule for those that want to attend:
“This bloody good retrospective surveys the wide range of the Master of Horror’s cinematic spawn, from skin-crawling shockers (Carrie, Cujo, The Shining) to moving dramas (Stand by Me, The Shawshank Redemption) to gleefully trashy guilty pleasures (the ever-awesome Maximum Overdrive).”
January 18, 10pm
January 25, 10pm
February 1, 10pm
February 8, 10pm
February 15, 10pm
February 22, 10pm
March 1, 10pm
March 8, 10pm
March 15, 10pm
March 22, 10pm
March 29, 10pm
April 5, 10pm
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit:
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- Jonathan James
Okay, Toronto, I hope you're ready to catch some classics and gloriously not-so-classics on the big screen! Over the next twelve weeks Twitch will be presenting Kingdom Of Fear: Stephen King On Screen at the Tiff Bell Lightbox, a film series featuring a dozen titles based on the work of the iconic writer screening every Saturday at 10pm with titles including Cujo, Christine, The Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me, Maximum Overdrive, Misery, Carrie, The Shining, Creepshow, The Mist and Apt Pupil.Things kick off this week with a screening tomorrow of Firestarter from director Mark Lester and we've got a pair of tickets to give away. We're going to make it easy for you to win these, all you need to do is email me here...
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11 items from 2014
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