This movie is a thriller! Maximum Overdrive is a Stephen King movie starring Emilio Estevez, playing as Bill Robinson. Hence darkly lit scenes in almost every scary movie ever. Maximum Overdrive is ridiculous, silly, funny and just plain bad. I think I'd rather be run over by an 18-wheeler. A diner cook, Bill Robinson Emilio Estevez , emerges as the unlikely leader of the pack, attempting to find an escape plan for himself and the survivors, who include his boss, Bubba Hendershot Pat Hingle , and a newlywed couple. A diner cook, Bill Robinson Emilio Estevez , emerges as the unlikely leader of the pack, attempting to find an escape plan for himself and the survivors, who include his boss, Bubba Hendershot Pat Hingle , and a newlywed couple. So he made Maximum Overdrive which, ironically, turned out to be worse than the movies he'd been criticizing.
Holed up in a North Carolina truck stop, a group of survivors must fend for themselves against a mass of homicidal trucks. Even better during an after party late at night. Its even edited like a cokehead edited it. Not for the connoisseur, but pungent and piquant in an enjoyable way. Stephen King has said that at the time, he'd been unhappy with the way his stories were being adapted to film; and for a movie to be adapted properly, he'd have to do it himself.
Cast: , , , , , , , Director: Genres: Production Co: De Laurentiis Keywords: , , , , ,. You don't have to imagine what it would be like if every man made thing turned against you, because in this movie, they do! It's got its more serious moments too, flows very well and it's the perfect movie for a Saturday night, grab some popcorn and enjoy. When a M274 Mechanical Mule utility carrier enters the truck stop with a mounted M60 gun attached to it, everyone is now being held hostage inside. For God's sake, woman, put a sock in it! Okay, we all have our guilty pleasure when it comes to movies and this is at the top of my favorite cheesy movie list. But if you can take it, I advise this movie. It absolutely was supposed to be funny, and everyone involved did an excellent job. His writing encapsulates what it feels like to live in the countryside and to be scared stiff.
That said it's entertaining and I had fun watching it. Unbeknownst to those inside, the Earth had passed through the tail of a comet that has now made all things electric, even cars and trucks, operate by themselves. Quite a few, I'd say. Cokehead 80's acting at its finest. I've read more than a few Steven King novels and I'm from Maine. Without knowing if this will ever end, each person fights for their life, while trying to keep the trucks out, and keep everyone inside alive. This movie is shot primarily in broad daylight with wide shots that let you see how not scary things are.
When a couple come in because they were attacked while on the road, things get even more intense when trucks start to roll in to the truck stop with no drivers. Bill is a worker at a roadside cafe, mostly because he cannot get to work elsewhere because of his past arrests. When I find a movie I love as much, which is rare, I'll watch it at least once a month or so. He should have called in for backup on this project because he can do great film crossovers like Creep Show 1 and 2 with George Romero, but this movie falls completely short of those great short films. While at the the truck stop cafe, things start happening, such as electronics and games turning themselves on and even attacking people. Even though it is just a campy B movie, it has something great about it.
However, his crossover into film forgets some basics - primarily humans are afraid of what they don't know. This isn't your bland American individually wrapped cheese slices though, It's like a store brand extra sharp cheddar. The opening sequence with the drawbridge is a favorite of mine. Holed up in a North Carolina truck stop, a group of survivors must fend for themselves against a mass of homicidal trucks. His boss constantly uses this against him, and he stays in line and out of his way. Maximum Overdrive doesn't take itself too seriously and I really enjoyed watching it.
If you like this movie, also try Damnation Alley, This Quiet Earth, Last Man on Earth, and off course The Omega Man. A diner cook, Bill Robinson Emilio Estevez , emerges as the unlikely leader of the pack, attempting to find an escape plan for himself and the survivors, who include his boss, Bubba Hendershot Pat Hingle , and a newlywed couple. . Granted, if you don't have a stronger stomach, I would advise against watching this, because it does have some visually disturbing scenes. After a comet causes a radiation storm on Earth, machines come to life and turn against their makers. You may think this is a detractor. She and another character are newlyweds, and I kept wondering how it would be to have to listen to that voice day in and day out.
My only complaint concerns Yeardley Smith. Through Morse code the trucks make the demand for more gas to refuel them, and if the demands are not met, they threaten to kill everyone inside. Between this and all of the other vehicular casualties, I wonder how many cars and trucks they managed to burn through? Holed up in a North Carolina truck stop, a group of survivors must fend for themselves against a mass of homicidal trucks. He has said that he was coked-out during the entire shoot. . . .
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