Maximum Overdrive Movie Review

Maximum Overdrive

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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


Look for Stephen King making a cameo appearance!

Thanks to Jeremiah Wilson
This was the first and only time that Stephen King directed a movie. He realized how hard it is to be a director and never did it again.

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When the Earth ends up in the tail of a strange comet, strange things begin to happen. Machines take on a life of their own and begin to destroy all things human.

Our story focuses on a truck stop in North Carolina. Your usual assortment of people are there; Billy Robinson, a misunderstood troubled loner; Bubba Hendershot, the black hearted owner of the truck stop; Wanda June, the good natured but dim witted waitress and a score of others make up the group of people who were at the “Dixie Boy” truck stop the day the machines declared war.

Although certainly not the terrifying masterpiece that writer-director Stephen King had in mind when he transformed his short story “Trucks” into a screenplay, this film certainly has a lot of entertainment merit; the voice of Lisa Simpson, Yeardley Smith has a featured role as a newlywed, Emilio Estevez - clearly having fun in a hammy role - talks trash to a bunch of 18-wheelers, a little kid gets run over by a steam roller and a whole bunch more!

Add to that a cameo by Stephen King, several goofy plot holes and a kick-ass soundtrack by AC/DC and you’ve got yourself a cheese classic...

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While not a true horror film, this movie has a certain “Plan 9 from Outer Space” quality to it.

It may not realize the original goals it set out to achieve, but it inadvertently achieved other ones. If one forgets that this is a Stephen King movie and looks at it as a similar experience to that of “Big Trouble in Little China” or “Killer Klowns from Outer Space”, you could really enjoy it's campy atmosphere.

-Great movie to watch with friends.
-Fun atmosphere.
-Great music.
-Not scary enough for hardcore Stephen King fans.
-Bad reputation. (albeit undeserved)

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Director: Stephen King
Writer: Stephen King
Producers: Dino De Laurentiis, Martha De Laurentiis, Don Levin, Mel Pearl, Milton Subotsky
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Release Date: 25 Jul 1986
MPAA Rating: NR
Studio: De Laurentiis Entertainment
Production: De Laurentiis, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (DEG)
Genre: Horror / Occult

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