Maximum Overdrive (1986)

When you look at the night sky, what’s magnificent than meteorites and asteroids, are comets. As they can last in the sky for only a week, until it’s all gone. They’re very rare as you wouldn’t see it in a millennium. Same thing to shooting stars, as people would make wishes like this young lady. But what if a comet by chance had some sort of unknown power? As it had spread its power all over Earth? Which is why in this 1986 comedy horror movie, this occurs to be based on his book “Trucks”, and directed by the author who did “The Green Mile”, “The Shining”, “Misery”, “Stand By Me”, “The Shawshank Redemption”, “Firestarter”, “Christine”, “Cujo”, “Cat’s Eye”, “Carrie”, “The Dead Zone”, and “Silver Bullet” himself.

Stephen King. This was him when he made the movie.

And this was him in his mid 70’s, when he was interviewed with Whoopi Goldberg in mid 2021 on TV. Which I don’t think he’s a bad man. He just needs to tell us on what goes on in his stories. As long as they aren’t too much psychological or whatever. After he did this movie, he never did any filmmaking at all. But this is not bad really.

Music by AC/DC, Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, and Stephen King who made a cameo appearance in the opening scene are the only stars I know of in this. On June 19th, 1987, at 9:37 am EST, the Earth was in the tail of a comet as they would remain like that for 8 days, 5 hours, 29 minutes, & 23 seconds. During in which, all machines and appliances turn against many people on Earth. ATM’s at banks calling people ‘a-holes’ as they would say ‘F*** YOU’, drawbridges opening by themselves with no boat coming their way as people would still be on it, arcade machines going glitchy, vending machines shooting canned soda’s at people in their crotches, trucks, bulldozers, & planes chasing people and more.

The major ones turning against the people of Earth, are trucks. And I don’t mean those railroad freight cars that the people in the UK call them like for what happened to this poor fella.

Strangers by facing this, we’re trapped a truck stopover near the highway. They had to plan a way to communicate with them, why they are doing this, and how they can escape without being detected. It turns out that the comet, was a part of an alien invasion. It may relate to “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” as well as “Dawn of the Dead”. But I enjoyed it very much.

So for a success, an ‘A-‘ is what I give. And I would recommend to watch this in October when it’s Halloween. If I were to destroy something, before it can go haywire, I’d burn that red trolley car that belong to Mister Fred Rogers in his tv show. Chris Farley style like how he did in that hilarious desk car scene in “Tommy Boy”. The ‘Holy Schnike’ edition.

Now the question is not, “How does he do it?”. When Stephen King writes his novels, and then be made into motion pictures. But, “What will his reaction be if somebody were to do a parody spoof movie, based on his work?”. Like Mel Brooks who did “Spaceballs”, and “Robin Hood: Men in Tights”. After all, Matt Groening did do some of those Simpsons Halloween episodes, based on his work.

For as far as I’m concerned, you’ll NEVER EVER want to read any of those “Goosebumps” books written by R.L. Stine again, or watch those two spiteful movies based on his work. Not even those two idiotic live action tv shows. Cause they were the worst. Especially on kids tv channels Fox Kids & YTV, late at nights before bed. Like Ebert and Siskel who never reviewed this, it’s all thumbs down on “Goosebumps”. But this here, a thumbs up indeed.

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