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Trucks (1997)

Aliens arrive, parking in a geostationary orbit over Nevada. Using powers unknown to us, they declare war, and use unmanned trucks as weapons.


Chris Thomson


Stephen King (short story), Brian Taggert (teleplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Busfield ... Ray
Brenda Bakke ... Hope
Aidan Devine ... Trucker Bob
Roman Podhora Roman Podhora ... Thad
Jay Brazeau ... Jack
Brendan Fletcher ... Logan
Amy Stewart ... Abby
Victor Cowie Victor Cowie ... George
Sharon Bajer Sharon Bajer ... June
Jonathan Barrett Jonathan Barrett ... Brad
Rick Skene ... Trucker Pete
Don Granbery ... Sheriff
Barbara Lee Edwards Barbara Lee Edwards ... TV Reporter
Gene Pyrz Gene Pyrz ... Refrigerator Truck Driver
Kirk Harper Kirk Harper ... Lino


A small town truck stop is taken over by driver-less trucks. Possibly caused by a toxic spill in the city. After the trucks cause numerous deaths, the remaining survivors (two teens, their fathers, and another lady citizen) are forced to escape the truck stop. They find it's very difficult to out-smart the trucks. Written by <casbeas@hotmail.com>

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U-Turn, U-Die!


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Release Date:

29 October 1997 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Gunton, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


The Westway Refrigerated truck, the main adversary, is a Western Star. The Happy Toys truck in "Maximum Overdrive" is also a Western Star. See more »


9 minutes and 45 seconds into the movie when the man gets out of his truck you can see the mechanical linkages/cables used to move the side view mirror especially when the mirror moves. See more »


Logan: Dad, it's too quiet here.
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Hit the road, Pointdexter!
6 August 2011 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Practically throughout half of the film, I kept on wondering why that imbecilic ginger head of the lead actor looked so damn familiar. And then suddenly, maybe because he pulled a particularly stupid facial expression or something, it just hit me! It's Arnold Pointdexter from the original "Revenge of the Nerds"! You know, the guy with the enormous curly hairdo and glasses as thick as strawberry jelly jars! Apparently he also appeared in a trillion of lousy TV-series, but since I never watched any of those, he's still just Pointdexter to me. I mean, this already should give you some sort of indication of this movie's quality level, no? "Trucks" is a TV-remake of the only (not very successful) horror movie that its author Stephen King directed himself, about a bunch of lifeless trucks in the Area 51 region going berserk without apparent reason, and the fate of humanity lies in the incompetent hands of the ginger artist formerly known as Arnold Pointdexter the nerd!

Indeed, "Trucks" is a pretty bad film, but at the same time it also has to be said that it's a tremendously FUN bad film! Like many of the other reviewers have already pointed out, director Chris Thomson and writer Brian Taggart (usually a quite reliable choice) totally didn't grab all the great opportunities you get with murderous wheels! The whole film simply features a handful of trucks, and only one of them is a genuinely impressive eighteen-wheeler. Instead of bombastic machines, the script somehow prefers to generate horror situations through remote-controlled toy trucks and even self-inflatable safety suits. Needless to say these sequences look quite ridiculous and completely sucks out all the scary potential of the basic concept. I must admit, however, that I was pleasantly surprised with the body count and even the amount of gore and bloodshed in "Trucks", especially considering the fact it's a made-for- TV effort. The characters are hopelessly stereotypical; your average assembly of local yokels, reluctant tourists and troubled teenagers. Their acting performances are quite poor, though I have a weakness for the stunning Brenda Bakke. She's a genuine 90's beauty and I never really understood why her career didn't skyrocket. The ending is relatively decent, even though you can see it coming from fifty miles away.

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