Friday, June 9, 2017

Day 221: Maximum Overdrive

Not a "good" movie by any stretch of the imagination but certainly one of the purest expressions of Stephen King's creativity.

King himself directed this movie where any objects that run on electricity or gas turn on humans after a comet passes too close to the Earth. Emilio Estevez is a survivor who flees a baseball game gone wrong and makes it to a diner where a small group is being penned in by trucks. Human error and greed lead to most of the deaths after the initial turning of the objects. Most of the movie takes place in the diner as the dwindling group tries to figure out what the trucks want and how to survive it.

This movie is pretty much pure cheese but it is easy to pull for Estevez. It is also weird to remember a time when he was way more famous than his brother, Charlie. We get one of the few film performances of Yeardley "Lisa Simpson" Smith in this, as well. As a kid obsessed with Spider-Man, I was fascinated by the Green Goblin truck but there is really no comic book connection beyond that.

If you want a slice of pure 80s cheese, this is the movie for you. Or if you are a Stephen King completist.

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