Sunday, June 23, 2013
Maximum Overdrive is about a meteor passing over the Earth, which causes machines to become possessed. Soda machines launch cans at people, ice cream trucks become homicidal, and most importantly, a group becomes trapped in the Dixie Boy Truck Stop, surrounding by rogue semis. The ragtag group is forced to survive, first dodging the trucks, and then fueling them, leading to one of my favorite horror movie shots of all time:
I cannot find the exact shot, but when the girl is leaning over the truck and the whole line of trucks is lined up down the highway. Ahhhh, love it. You would think that trucks would just run out of gas and give up, but in the mind of SK, they demand gas and continue to dominate humans. I mean, even electric knives get ballsy in this movie. There's death, destruction, explosions, and a lot of revving engines.
So this movie got terrible reviews and no one ever liked it, but I don't care. It's campy and fun and has a coked out Stephen King and a sexy Emilio Estevez. Sure, you could have serial killers any day, but when do you get a bunch of possessed vehicles taking over a truck stop? I am not ashamed to say I freakin' love Maximum Overdrive.