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[Remember This?] Stephen King Scares the Hell Out Of You In This ‘Maximum Overdrive’ Trailer!

As a kid Maximum Overdrive was one of my holy grail movies. It just dripped with menace and a sweaty inappropriate quality I couldn’t get enough of. The greasy, hot vibe of The Dixie Boy. The down and out characters. The way it hits the ground running. The way it kills children. The AC/DC soundtrack. The wonderfully lazy comet explanation. The mean-spiritedness of it all. It made me feel… grown up? In hindsight this is a funny thing to take away from such a gleefully immature movie. I don’t think I ever saw the film in the theaters during its initial release, but between multiple rentals of this and The Lost Boys I probably kept the lights on at my local Blockbuster.

I was unaware at the time that Stephen King had directed it, or at least I didn’t lend much attention to its significance. I knew it was based on one of his short stories (“Trucks”) and I had read several of them, but didn’t quite have the stamina at that point to make it through one of his novels. I had no idea how any of this stuff worked back then, and I certainly had no idea that King was upset with how some of the adaptions of his work had turned out (even including Kubrick’s masterpiece take on The Shining).

Even as an adult, I had no idea that this trailer existed until I saw it at a screening (can’t remember the movie – may have been this one) at the New Beverly here in Los Angeles a few years back. But it’s glorious. King has stated that during the making of Maximum Overdrive he was “coked out of my mind.” That more than comes across here.



  • Archgoat

    Like you, I loved this movie as a kid. I still remember Stephen Kings cameo at the ATM machine. I never realized he actually directed it.

  • MCloude

    So…..why did they use music from Halloween 3?

  • djblack1313

    a movie/director/studio should never EVER declare that they will “scare the hell out of you” (much like EVIL DEAD’s “The Most Terrifying Film You Will Ever Experience” riff. i DO love that movie though) because that movie will never be able to live up to such statements. unfortunately that’s the case with MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE. lol. it was a stupid, fun-ish movie but scary it was not. not even one iota.

    i guess i’m “old” enough to clearly remember that King trailer. it’s hilarious to now know that he was coked out of his mind during it/the production.

  • vläd

    One of my fav horror flicks!!!

    Only one question; Where the hell is the blu-ray??!??

  • Bouncy X

    i love that Yeardley Smith was in this, i love that she literally uses her normal speaking voice for Lisa Simpson. makes hearing her speak in other movies and show so fun. lol

  • Canucklehead

    I loved this movie but the only things scary about it was the amount of cocaine that King ingested while directing.

  • Maximum Overdrive is pure horror comedy gold. I never get tired of this one, and the Green Goblin truck is kind of creepy and hilariously ridiculous at the same time. lol.

  • TomG

    I loved this movie despite all the flaws. King was in over his head on directing, but they managed to make a fun movie out of it. I still have a tape of the MTV debut with King and AC/DC.

  • Evil_Flip

    For some reason seeing the Dino De Laurentiis logo always puts a smile on my face.

  • Mr.Mirage

    Who Made Who IS the OST for Maximum Overdrive… said (and still says) so right on the cover. Knew he directed it, and thought: well, got that out of your system so go write something else. Overall it was a total hoot, and to get the full effect watch this then Repo Man.

  • murdermakesmecum666

    great movie. maybe king should start snortin some more shit.

  • Edwin Finnerty

    Ahhh….back when Steve had the crazy look.

  • John Dillon

    Going to see it at Alamo Drafthouse end of this month! Can’t wait! Killer soda machine here I come!

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