Maximum Overdrive

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Director:
Stephen King
Released:
1986
Rating:
R

Maximum Overdrive is a science fiction horror film based on the Stephen King short story "Trucks." As the tail of a rogue comet passes by earth, a strange force gives previous inanimate objects like lawnmowers, tractors, vehicles and electrical appliances a murderous life of their own. ATM machines talk back, soda machines fling cans and cars run without drivers. At the "Dixie Boy" truck stop just outside Wilmington, North Carolina, a group of people are going about their everyday business when several bizarre accidents nearly cost them their lives. Further chaos ensues when the patrons and truckers are held hostage by a group of rampaging 18-wheelers. Bill Robinson (Emilio Estevez) helps rally the terrified hostages as the trucks and a large mounted machine gun prevents their escape. Realizing that cops and anyone who could help are probably dead at the hands of their own machines, the patrons must find a way to save themselves.

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  • 50

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    Maximum Overdrive is the classic botch. Good idea, nice effects, bad pacing, porous script, no punch...Too bad. As usual, the premise has promise. [26 July 1986, p.C1]

  • 30

    Time Out London

    A loud, obnoxious, single-idea schlocker...There's carnage galore, but minimal interest. King himself described it as a 'wonderful moron picture', and he was half-right.

  • 25

    Chicago Tribune Rick Kogan

    A mess of a movie, a no chills nightmare about what happens to a group of rubes at a Carolina truck stop when the machines go nuts. [29 July 1986, p.3]

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80s, Thrillers, Paranormal, Horror Masters