Maximum Overdrive (1986)

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  •  (2.5 out of 5 stars)

Maximum Overdrive is a coked up mess of a movie which was written and directed by Stephen King at the height of his alcohol and cocaine addiction in the 1980s (King even admits that he was coked out of his mind throughout production). Cinematographer Armando Nannuzzi lost an eye during production when Stephen King insisted on keeping the blades in a lawnmower in a shot as it approaches the camera. After losing his eye, Nannuzzi finished the film, but then sued the production for $18 million. And what you get with Maximum Overdrive is pure cocaine comedy horror madness. The movie actually starts out quite promising as machines take on a life of their own and start attacking humans, including a huge convoy of villainous semi-trucks. The cast is good with Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, and Yeardley Smith involved. And the music for the film is by King's favorite band AC/DC. What could go wrong? Well essentially Maximum Overdrive is a zombie movie, but semi-trucks really can't attack people like zombies can, and the cast hides out in a truck stop while the trucks endlessly drive around it in a circle. Soon you realize that this is the whole plot of the movie and you're stuck there for a very long time until the crew finally muscles up the will to escape. Dino De Laurentiis' production values provide some great explosions, but overall the movie is a coked up mess.

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