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Stephen King, Director.

  • May 12, 2009
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Maximum Overdrive (1986) was Stephen King's first and only attempt to make a movie. He wanted to create a film that was intentionally bad, cheesy and entertaining. Mr. King somewhat produced a film like the one he envisioned. Too bad the end results don't click together like they did on paper. Taking a short story that he written during the seventies called Trucks, Mr. King took the bare basics of that story and made it into a major motion picture, bank rolled by his friends at De Laurentis Productions (who seemed to be putting out a movie based on Stephen King's works every other month) it had all the makings of a block buster smash. It did not.
The movie takes place during a few days of an amazing cosmic event. A comet sweeps by Earth covering the planet with space dust. When the "dust" settles, the machines have come to life and revolt against man. Humans are running for their lives as the machines have seemingly taken over. Only a few survives have managed to make it to a truck stop diner. But when they've arrived, the diner is surrounded by hundreds of diesel big rigs. After plotting strategies for a few days, the survivors , make a run for the local docks and head towards a nearby island to wait out the rampaging machines. Lo and behold, after a few days a Soviey Spy Satellite discovers a low flying alien spaceship and destroy it ending the several days of terror.
Why did I give away the movie? Because so many people have trashed it. Stephen King wanted to create a comic book style movie filled with science fiction and horror elements. He succeeded for the most part. But there's something missing from the final product. The acting is pretty weak and the censors cut out a lot of blood and gore from the film. Too bad it wasn't released like that because it could have been something real cool. The music by A.C./D.C. was appropriate for a film like this. Stephen King should have made a few more films. He wasn't that bad of a film maker. Believe me I have seen a whole lot worse. Many of them still make movies today.

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Based upon the Stephen King short story Trucks.

The film soundtrack was composed and performed by AC/DC.

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