Maximum Overdrive Movie Behind The Scenes

Making Maximum Overdrive

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Go behind the scenes on the 1986 Horror / Occult movie starring Emilio Estevez, Laura Harrington, Pat Hingle, Yeardley Smith

Barry Bell, John Brasington, Jack Canon, Giancarlo Esposito, Frankie R. Faison, J. Don Ferguson, Holter Graham, Marla Maples, Ellen McElduff, Patrick Miller, Christopher Murney, J.C. Quinn, Leon Rippy, John Short, Connie Smith Update Cast

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A radio controlled lawnmower, used in a scene, went out of control and struck a block of wood used as a camera support, shooting out wood splinters, which resulted in Armando Nannuzzi, the Director of Photography, losing an eye.
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Stephen King had to cut part of the steam roller scene so that the movie wouldn't get an "X" rating.
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A scene that had to be cut for the censors was a longer version of the scene where the boy got run over by the steamroller. Director/writer Stephen King had a blood bag placed near the head of the boy's dummy so it would create a printing press effect. During shooting, the bag burst the wrong way and made it look like the boy's head exploded. King loved the effect, but the studio made him cut the scene.
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The large plastic head on the front of the "Happy Toys" truck is actually the head of the Green Goblin from Marvel comics Spiderman.

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Deleted Scenes

There are often scenes cut from the final version of a movie. Sometimes these will have been seen by preview audiences, or be included in Blu-ray or DVD extras etc.

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There is supposedly a scene when Duncan's kid is riding into town where a chainsaw comes alive and runs over a guy's neck.
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There is a scene where Bill checks out the school bus wreckage caused by an airplane crashing into it.
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When Duncan's son Deke is hiding in the bush, he sees the ice cream truck and there's the dead body of the driver.
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There was also to be one last shot of the city of Wilmington being destroyed by the machines (rumored to have been done via a matte painting).
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A deleted scene features someone's backyard. As the camera pans along the beer bottles and comes to a half of a chewed up body from the lawnmower. The lawnmower is grinding up the remains. Then, the scene quickly ends with a closeup of what appears to be a SONY watchman TV in the grass, with the Announcer's face fuzzy (cameo by late Hal Fishman).
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According to actor Pat Miller, there was supposed to have been one final battle taking place at the end, onboard the Signora L. A coastguard boat with a searchlight and machine gun shoots at the survivors. Steve Gayton and Joe die, and Brett wounded. Bill blows up the CG boat with a rocket launcher and saves the remaining survivors. The budget was cut so, the ending was changed.

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Alternate Versions

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1986 De Laurentiis Entertainment
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