Maximum Overdrive (1986)

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A group of people try to survive when machines start to come alive and become homicidal.

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14 May 2014 | bbickley13-921-58664
5
| Not what I expected, but it's OK.
I've seen better movies based on the work of Stephen king, but in all fairness, I possibly have not seen one he has directed. Maybe I was taking off by how campy the movie is, A true celebration of the B-movie.

The concept was cool. An alien ship flying inside a strange cloud causes the machines on the planet to go haywire and the story focus on a small band of misfits trying to survive.

Heading up this band is Emilio Estevez who at the time was a bigger star than his little brother Charlie Sheen. the movie is perfect for him as it's similar to other B-movies he toke the lead on during his hey day like Repo man and Men at Work, which he did with his brother. This seems to be Emilio's thing and he shines as a bad boy force to do the right thing.

I'm use to being more frighten by a Stephen king story but I really was not. I don't really think it was the campy, just might not have stood the test of time in this factor.

What did stand out was the development of the characters. it's on the level of a good Zombie movie where everyone tries to figure out a way to keep alive while dealing with an unstoppable horror. It also reminded me of Tremors as the people were trapped in a gas station by the machines

Slightly different from what I was expecting from King's work from the 80's, but that might be the point. If you've seen all the other Stephen King movies than watch this one.

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Trivia

In the game room of DIXIE BOY truck stop, they had a Bally Night Rider pinball game, and a Williams Pokerino (also had a few video games: A Cinematronics Star Castle, Atari Tempest Cocktail and a Konami Time Pilot '84 in a Stern cabinet). Fairly early on in the movie, the Night Rider playfield glass smashes itself, and very late in the movie, for a split second, you can see the games being plowed into by a semi truck.


Quotes

Man At Cashpoint: Honey, come on over here, sugarbuns. This machine just called me an asshole.


Goofs

When the camera is in front of the Goblin truck, you can see the reflection of the camera car in the shiny bumper.


Alternate Versions

There are many deleted scenes from the film that are mentioned throughout literature and seen in photo stills from the film. Stephen King has mentioned on several occasions that the film was heavily cut to avoid an X rating from the MPAA. King has also spoken of showing the uncut version to fellow horror director George Romero and was quoted as saying that it made Mr. Romero sick. The removed shots were:

  • Three Seconds of Bubba Hendershot getting shot up by the military vehicle in the Dixie-Boy Truck Stop shoot out scene.
  • Three seconds of the steam roller running over Bobby.
  • Three seconds of the bible salesman's face falling into his lap.
-Few seconds of the Man At Bank ATM (Stephen King) greeting a few passer-byes just before sticking his bank card in the machine slot.
  • Few Seconds of the motorcyclist throwing his arms over his face, exactly shown in the film-trailer, just before plunging into the water.
  • Additional seconds of Steve Gayton at Duncan's aid after getting sprayed by diesel-fuel in the eyes.
  • Six seconds of the electrical cutting knife slicing off Frank's right index finger.
  • Three seconds of the ill-fated video-player saying "Wooow!" just before getting zapped, as shown in the theatrical-trailer.
  • Few seconds of the pop can leaving an imprint on the Coach's forehead that expands into a huge bladder on his forehead and spraying blood.
  • Few seconds of the Coach's forehead-bladder popping.
  • Additional seconds of the Coach warning Deke to get away just before he dies.
  • Additional seconds of the steamroller riding through a nearby parking lot and Bobby's father getting squashed by it.
  • A shot of a half of a chewed up body by the lawnmower in a backyard.
  • An additional shot of the dead gas station attendant at the gas station.
  • As Deke comes riding along on his bike, he comes to a stop. We can see a full back view of a car off in the distance on the right side of the road. As the Ice Cream Truck comes, we can still see it.
  • We see a dead ice cream man in the ice cream truck.
  • The Videoplayer escapes the Dixie-Boy unseen and hides in the drainage ditch
  • Another guy hides in the drainage ditch.
  • Additional seconds of the bible salesman getting attacked by the Videoplayer and his buddy who attempts to cut off his face with a straight razor. But the two run unseen off with his knife because the bible salesman screamed.
  • A few seconds of the bible salesman's noggin pealing down revealing his blooded skull as he rises up in the drainage ditch.
  • As Brad runs to a nearby car with the dead woman, we can see a full back view of a school bus on the left side of the dirt road. And when Brad screams as he is about to die from the HappyToyz truck, we can still see the bus.
  • The last close-up of the Happy-Toyz truck's GreenGoblin face is re-flipped, exactly shown in the theatrical trailer, instead of the "backwords-flipped" view. There was a rumor about a supposed uncut VHS tape having been released by Lorimar in the early '90s but this is false. The uncut version has never been released on any format, in any country. This was a false rumor started on the Internet. Only Stephen King holds the original print of the uncut version and as of 2013, has not released it in any format.


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Shake Your Foundations
Written by
Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Bon Scott
Produced by Angus Young, Malcolm Young

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