Maximum Overdrive

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"If you want it done right, you have to do it yourself."
Stephen King in the trailer.

Maximum Overdrive is a horror film written and directed by Stephen King based on his short story "Trucks" from the Night Shift collection. The same short story was later adapted into a Made for TV Movie in 1997.

The movie centers around people trapped in a truck stop, surrounded by homicidal trucks and other vehicles who have gained sentience from radiation produced by a comet close to earth.

Yeah, it's one of those So Bad It's Good films, but at least the whole soundtrack is made of ACDC music.

Later King claimed that he was coked out of his mind while making this film.


Tropes used in Maximum Overdrive include:


  • Adaptation Expansion
  • America Saves the Day: Inverted as in the end it is a Soviet "weather satellite" which destroys the UFO hiding in the comet causing all the trouble.
  • Attack of the Killer Whatever: Trucks, household appliances, you name it.
  • Aw, Look -- They Really Do Love Each Other: Surprisingly the best example ever being Connie and Curtis. YMMV on Connie's scrappy status aside, they spat almost every chance they get, but when the chips are down they really do care about one and other. Much of her words are more out of worry her husband may die. The best part being when Curt plans on rescuing the bible salesman, after an argument they kiss before he heads off. Connies words being the best example of the trope.

 Connie: Don't you make me a widow on my wedding day.

Brett: Just a little lesson in manners from the Road Twitch.

Bill: "Adios, motherfucker!"
Bubba: "That one's deported for sure!"