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Maximum Overdrive (1986)

Director:
Stephen King

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Horror

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Maximum Overdrive

RUNNING TIME
97 minutes

Producer:
Martha Schumacher

Screenwriter (based on his own short story "Trucks"):
Stephen King


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Bill Robinson Emilio Estevez
Bubba Hendershot Pat Hingle -
Brett Graham Laura Harrington -

 

Review

When Stephen King was to make his directorial debut, after having seen several of his stories and scripts turned into successful movies, he probably shouldn't have chosen a story as lame and limited in scope as this one. The concept is the danger of large machinery, specifically trucks (which incidentally is the name of King's 1973 short story upon which the script is based). If you've spent your entire life writing stories from the comfort of your desk, trucks may well appear scary, but there's nothing in this film to suggest why. King isn't able to translate his perceived ominousness to the screen, and Maximum Overdrive also has no drive, let alone overdrive. With bad production values to top it off, the film seems downright laughable in retrospect. The only plus point is a couple of cool AC/DC tracks.

Copyright 17.06.1996 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
(English version: 25.09.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang)

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