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The day horror went into overdrive!

March 25, 2010

Tuesday March 30th, 8pm

Arlo & Esme 42 E. 1st street (between 1st & 2nd ave)

Maximum Overdrive (1986)

“Honey, come on over here, sugar buns! This machine just called me an asshole”

The film opens with a cameo of Stephen King trying to get cash out of an ATM machine. The odd computerized response is our first tip off that something ‘aint quite right.

When a mysterious rogue comet, Rhea-M, passes close to the earth, machines all over the world come to life and go on a homicidal rampage. A group of people in a desolate truck stop, the Dixie Boy, just outside Wilmington, North Carolina are held hostage by a gang of homicidal 18-wheelers, led by a “Happy Toyz Co.” 1977 Western Star 4864 truck which has the face of the Green Goblin from Spider-Man, mounted on its front grill. The marauding trucks show no mercy on the helpless humans, and turns the tables on “man over machine”, by forcing the hostages to fill their tanks with fuel in order to continue to terrorize them. Ah irony!

“Mosta them god damn things got no right t’be runnin’! They s’posed to be depoted!”

The frightened people, led by Emilio Estevez (as an ex con given a shot to make good) set out to defeat the killer machines…or be killed by them, though in classic Stephen King style, the film is left hanging at the end, as we realize the comet’s tail may be longer than expected….

Joe: “What do you think happened here?”
“Fucked if I know, Bubba. Fucked if I know”

Maximum Overdrive is the only film directed by Stephen King, in addition to being written by him. In a 2002 interview with Tony Magistrale for the novel Hollywood’s Stephen King, King stated that he was “coked out of my mind all through its production, and I really didn’t know what I was doing.” In spite of this, King stated in the same interview that he “learned a lot from the experience,” and would “like to try directing again sometime.” (courtesy Wikipedia)

Check out all the vehicles from the film on IMCDb

Maximum Overdrive also sports an all AC/DC soundtrack (Stephen King’s favorite band). The albumWho Made Who, includes Who Made WhoYou Shook Me All Night Long, and , and Hells Bells.

AC/DC “Who made Who”

Maximum Overdrive Trailer

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