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Stephen King On Screen

Maximum Overdrive

Stephen King directs his own short story about an army of homicidal lorries.

Image from Maximum Overdrive

USA 1986
Dir Stephen King
With Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington, Christopher Murney
97min
35mm
Certificate 18

Stephen King’s only stint in the director’s chair was deemed an unqualified disaster by many, not least the man himself, who flippantly described it as a ‘moron movie.’ Looking back now, King’s unruly adaptation of his short story Trucks, about a army of homicidal lorries, is a hell of a lot of fun. Wickedly amusing, unapologetically campy, and with a killer AC/DC soundtrack, this is a true cult classic.


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