30 years later, 'Maximum Overdrive' remain's King's saddest clown
This has been a big year for 30th anniversaries - both of good movies and bad ones. But rarely has such a truly awful film come around that generates the hatred and concentrated loathing as this fantastic email that we received from “Brock in North Dakota.” So rather than try to top him, I instead present Brock’s take on Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, released on July 25, 1986. Enjoy.
I think you guys missed the boat with your recent podcast on bad movies with great soundtracks. My vote would have been for the almost unwatchable Maximum Overdrive.
Up to this point Stephen King screen adaptions set the bar very high with Carrie, Cujo, The Shining and Firestarter to name a few.
Then King tried his hand behind the camera, making his one and only attempt at directing from an adaption of a short story he penned, titled "Trucks."
Maximum Overdrive has a 17 percent Rotten Tomatoes approval rating and was nominated for two Razzies - one for worst actor, Emilio Estevez, for his portrayal of the movie's hero Bill Robinson, and another for King himself for worst director. They both would have probably won the prestigious award if it wasn't for Prince saving the day with Under a Cherry Moon.
The plot of the movie starts with the earth traveling into the path of a comets tail, which somehow makes machines come alive. The story then centers around a group of people trapped inside the Dixie Boy truck stop by a bunch of vehicles, enslaving the group until they refuel the trucks.
You know the movie didn't go well when in a later interview King himself stated he was “coked out of [his] mind all through its production, and [he] really didn't know what [he] was doing." The movie had a budget of $9 million and made 7.4 million at the box office.
The saving grace of this movie is the soundtrack. If you like AC/DC, I have a sneaky suspicion you will like the soundtrack. AC/DC wrote the original song Who Made Who for the album along with a couple less-known instrumentals. The rest of the soundtrack is pretty much an AC/DC's greatest hits fiesta with Hells Bells, You Shook Me All Night Long, Shake Your Foundations, Ride On and For Those About to Rock.
To this day every time I hear Who Made Who I can't help but picture a semi with a goblins face circling around a truck stop!
- Brock in North Dakota