HHB 3: Maximum Overdrive (1986, Stephen King)


Okay, this doesn’t really count as a true “horror” movie, because it’s not actually scary… but having my taste in movies, I need to talk about at least one movie of this category…what you might term “so bad it’s good”. In this case, it’s horrible, and delightful. It’s Stephen King’s one and only directorial effort. It’s a horror movie about possessed big rig trucks. It’s Maximum Overdrive.

Allow me to set the scene: Emilio Estevez stars as the ex-con protagonist. The primary antagonist? A green goblin truck with a reeeeeal bad temper (there are a lot of other trucks too. A passing comet is making all the machines go craaaazy, apparently). The soundtrack is, of course, 100% AC/DC. True hilarity ensues.

(Incidentally, I think this would make a great drinking-game movie.)

Apparently Stephen King later said he had been totally “coked out” during the production of MO, haha. I guess that makes sense. Also, IMDB trivia informs me that the director of photography lost an eye because of flying wood chips! wtf!

Anyway, if you have a taste for true camp and high octane silliness, it doesn’t get much better than this.


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