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MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE - 3 Slimes
Rated R
Copyright 1986 De Laurentiis
Reviewed by Adam Eshack on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Billy - Played by Emilio Estevez; this came out in the same year when he later wrote, directed, and starred in "Wisdom," which was about as huge a hit as this one; here he plays the hero; an employee at the Dixie Boy Truck Stop; spends a lot of the movie flirting with Brett and has an embarrassing make-out scene with her.
  • Brett - Slutty, but cute girl; hitchhiking with the Bible Salesman; ends up in the Dixie Boy Truck Stop where she falls for Billy.
  • Curt and Connie - The most annoying newlywed couple ever; Connie is played by Yeardley Smith, the voice of "Lisa" on "The Simpsons;" sadly, the two aren't offed in the film.
  • Hendershot - He's the guy who plays the commissioner in the "Batman" films; real prick; owns the Dixie Boy Truck Stop; shot up by a military vehicle with a machine gun attached to it.
  • Wanda - Bitchy waitress; blown away by the military vehicle.
  • Joe - Half-witted mechanic at Dixie Boy Truck Stop; blown away by military vehicle.
  • Duncan - Mechanic at the Dixie Boy Truck Stop; father of Deke; splattered by gas; crushed by a truck.
  • Deke - Duncan's son; gets revenge for his dads death by putting some bullets in a drive-thru operating machine.
  • Bible Salesman - Goofball, horny religious freak who's trying to sell some bibles and takes hitchhiker Brett along with him who he often feels up; we never find out if he lives or dies.
  • Game Room Raider - played by Giancarlo Esposito, an actor who'd later make it big in parts in "The Usual Suspects," "Nothing To Lose," and the TV show "Homicide;" some homeboy in the Dixie Boy game room, stealing all the change from arcade machines and the coffee/cigarettes in the vendors; electrocuted by an arcade machine.
  • Happy Toyz Truck - Lead evil truck that has a big, green joker face on the front; blown up by Billy.

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The Plot: 

Stephen King had big problems with filmmakers, who'd often "ruin" his great books/stories with all the terrible adaptations of his short stories and books coming out, so what does he do? Writes and directs his own, which got hailed as King's worst film ever, though I think "Graveyard Shift" and "Mangler" were the worst ones. I really enjoyed this one however. It's a real stinker if you are expecting good horror and a decent film, but otherwise, if you're looking for a fun, ridiculous, campy b-movie to watch with the friends to crack up at, you're sure to enjoy this one.

The plot revolves around a comet that flies around earth and causes all the electrical devices to go haywire. From trucks, soda can machines, lawnmowers, sprinklers; the devices have been wiping everyone out, leaving most of the electrical devices ruling the world. It focuses in a small town with a bunch of idiots, Wilmington, over at the Dixie Boy Truck Stop, where a group of goofballs try to make it alive by dawn before they are wiped out by the vehicles and different mechanical devices.

There are a few problems with the movie; the pace doesn't move fast and the film runs out of steam in the last half hour, but otherwise, this is a great b-movie that provides a 98 minute laughfest. Make sure though that you avoid the TV version "Trucks," a pretty lousy version.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • All the people in Wilmington, North Carolina are annoying, blabber mouth idiots.
  • Stephen King, the man himself, can make bad adaptations as well.
  • Never give the finger to comet-powered vehicles.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 1 min - Does the earth look a little misshaped to you?
  • 1 min - Here's a hilarious cameo with the man himself, Stephen King.
  • 4 mins - Here's the great drawbridge sequence. Notice the young, athletic couple; the girlfriend wearing the headband is none other than Marla Maples Trump, making her star-making screen debut.
  • 14 mins - Here's the painful soda can attack scene.
  • 15 mins - OUCH, kid crushed by the steamroller.
  • 19 mins - Oh no, here's the whining Curt and Connie.
  • 22 mins - Don't you think Curt and Connie's car would've turned on them from the comet?
  • 23 mins - What happened to the black marks that were on Curtis' right cheek when he fled from the vehicle attack?
  • 30 mins - If you slo-mo Duncan's gruesome encounter with the truck, notice that Duncan is actually a dummy being held on some sort of stick device to hold still. Also notice how huge Duncan's head looks before it explodes and that the "feet" have been knocked off, but in the next shot you see him dead, he's just covered in some blood and he's in one piece.
  • 40 mins - How'd the truck explode all of a sudden before even hitting the ground?
  • 47 mins - Is it really necessary for us to have to listen to Joe taking a dump?
  • 51 mins - Here's the ridiculously silly gratuitous make-out scene.
  • 54 mins - This is the classic Wanda goes berserk scene.
  • 73 mins - They killed Wanda, finally!
  • 93 mins - Heres Emilio, trying his best impersonation of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • 94 mins - Geez, do we really need to hear Connie whining more?

Quotes: 

  • Stephen King at an ATM: "Honey, come on over here, sugarbuns. This machine just called me an a**hole!"
  • Wanda: "Well, this thing was working fine just a few minutes ago, and now I can't get peep turkey off this thing!"
  • Wanda: "We made youuuuuu!"
  • Connie: "Honey, you're bleeding like a stuck pig!"
  • Bible Salesman: "Get me out of this pit, or else Jesus will kill you!"

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note maximumover1.wav ATM: **Beep**
Stephen King: "Honey, come on over here sugarbuns. This machine just called me an a**hole!"
ATM: **Beep** **Beep** **Beep**
Green Music Note maximumover2.wav Connie: "Look oooouuuutttt!"
Truck Wheels: **SCREEECCCHHH***
Connie: **SCREEECCCHHH!***
Curtis: "I think I just loaded my pants."
Connie: "Curt? Curtis! It's coming after us!"
Green Music Note maximumover3.wav Billy: "No reason why we can't just scoot right across. Pick up your feet and try not to shuffle."
Curtis: "I can handle it."
Hendershot: "You boys are just as crazy as a couple of rats in a plugged up s**thouse!"
Billy: "And you sir are, without a doubt, one of the biggest f**kheads I've ever met in my life."
Green Music Note maximumover4.wav Billy: "Now, when I say run. You run, okay?"
Concerned Citizen: "What you gonna do?"
Billy: "Don't worry about it. You just run, okay."
Concerned Citizen: "What you gonna do, huh?"
Grenade: **Tink**
Billy: "Run!"
M274 Machinegun: **Chatter** **BOOM**
Brett: "I ain't never seen a hero with his a** in the air like that."
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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Maximum Overdrive
Reply #25. Posted on October 29, 2004, 07:55:19 PM by Propmaster
Awesome movie!!! I have the original Green Goblin head used in the movie!! To check it out visit my site: www.hollywoodpropcollector.com !!
Maximum Overdrive
Reply #26. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Jeska
Maybe I need to get a life, but....
1. the reason the cars didn't turn against the people is cuz cars in the 80's weren't electronic. Rhea-M (the comet) was an electromagnetic frequency.
2. yes, the toy truck had the Green Goblin's face, also, inside the truck was a Green Goblin jack-in-a-box.
3. why didn't anyone question what was going on? they all just accepted it, just as they accept we have to breathe to live. "oh, well, there's an alien comet taking over our electronics b/c their planet has no resources left and they need to kill us. RUN!" no questions asked.
4. did you notice they went to save the creepy salesman & then just left him there anyway when they found the kid?
5. this movie shows how naive humans really are, the trucks spared the people's lives in Dixie Boys so they could have someone to feed them, and when the people gave them their last drop of fuel, the trucks attacked. stupid idiots.
6. did anyone notice the jet crashed into the school bus? that was awesome! almost as cool as the steamrolled kid!
Maximum Overdrive
Reply #27. Posted on November 28, 2005, 09:26:32 AM by Jeff
With AC/DC , Yeadly Smith, killer electric knives and pin ball games, fat guy on a toilet, how can you wrong.  Take the movie for what it is.  Loved it.
Maximum Overdrive
Reply #28. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by JT
This movie might of dragged on at parts, but it had a little bit of something for every part of me. I love bad movies, Stephen King, ACDC, The Simpsons (Yeardley Smith)- not to mention the amount of stuff I won't see in any other film (steamrolled kids and projectile vending machines: sweeeet)!
Maximum Overdrive
Reply #29. Posted on September 06, 2006, 04:52:53 PM by Drew
This is too awesome for words. Death by electric knife? Soda machine? Toy car? Arcade game? f**king cool!
Maximum Overdrive
Reply #30. Posted on July 17, 2006, 10:35:07 PM by WidoW WomaN
OK now as i sit and watch this and notice that the cars dont do crazy s**t and as someone oh here said that was because back then they were not electronic, but when teh kid is going down the street u clearly see a pizza car rammed into a tree. oh well, the movie still kicks ass, 4 a low grade one and King is da man
Maximum Overdrive
Reply #31. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by alex
BEST FRIGGING MOVIE EVER! I have it on DVD and I watch it every day.

That score by AC/DC that goes "cha cha cha cha cha cha" was pretty good.
Re: Maximum Overdrive
Reply #32. Posted on February 28, 2007, 01:19:53 PM by Zack
I admit the coke machine and other things were funny but the best machines were the ice cream truck which seemed so innocent and the military mule with the machine gun attached to it. The movie would have been a lot better if it showed the military base and what the machines did to it pluse where did the catapilar come from and why were the two togather. They should have added a couple police vehicles or an radio controlled helicopter to it chasing the gym teacher or something to give it a kick higher in the funny rating they could have even showed the airplane going after people and was the school bus alive or not.
Maybe I need to get a life, but....
1. the reason the cars didn't turn against the people is cuz cars in the 80's weren't electronic. Rhea-M (the comet) was an electromagnetic frequency.
2. yes, the toy truck had the Green Goblin's face, also, inside the truck was a Green Goblin jack-in-a-box.
3. why didn't anyone question what was going on? they all just accepted it, just as they accept we have to breathe to live. "oh, well, there's an alien comet taking over our electronics b/c their planet has no resources left and they need to kill us. RUN!" no questions asked.
4. did you notice they went to save the creepy salesman & then just left him there anyway when they found the kid?
5. this movie shows how naive humans really are, the trucks spared the people's lives in Dixie Boys so they could have someone to feed them, and when the people gave them their last drop of fuel, the trucks attacked. stupid idiots.
6. did anyone notice the jet crashed into the school bus? that was awesome! almost as cool as the steamrolled kid!

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