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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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Soda machine of death!

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Re: Maximum Overdrive
Reply #41. Posted on August 31, 2010, 11:25:41 PM by buzzdaly
i love bad movies, but this was a real clunker....i saw it at a preview....it was offered to patrons who had just seen, believe it or not, a woody allen dramady (i for get the name)....when the lights came on after the movie, a pretentious dude in a suit appeared at the front of the theatre, and said, momentuously, that dino d laurentis invited us all to stay and see his latest production...so we stayed....

well, not for long...most of the audience had walked out by the time it was over...i stayed to the bitter end....i remember filling out a comment card and saying that instead of using so much of the budget blowing up tractor trailers, they should have spent a few bucks on a writer, who could write a coherent script. i told them their movie was nothing but puerile claptrap....

i felt sorry for poor pat hingle...i don't think it was ever on his resume....

this movie compared very poorly with george zucco's or rondo hatton's little epics from the 1940s.
Re: Maximum Overdrive
Reply #42. Posted on September 01, 2010, 10:58:36 AM by Sitting Duck
Your high school lunch room had a jukebox?

On a related matter, I wonder how jukeboxes were affected. Probably played Lawrence Welk nonstop.
Re: Maximum Overdrive
Reply #43. Posted on September 02, 2010, 03:06:29 AM by Bigmac
I just can't get enough of this movie.  Sure, it's a poorly written, directed and acted hunk of cinematic trash, but something about it just keeps things rolling along.  Maybe it's the killer soundtrack, maybe it's the flashes of Stephen King genius (the dialog in the sewer is very well written and delivered) or maybe it's just watching a lot of mayhem and violence due to massive truck trauma. 

Whatever the reason, this movie somehow elevates itself to cult status.  Don't ask how, just kick back, crack open a beer (or whatever your beverage of choice might be) and enjoy!
Re: Maximum Overdrive
Reply #44. Posted on September 02, 2010, 07:49:30 AM by Ken Begg
Maybe somebody has mentioned this by now, but the comet that turns big machines murderous was totally ripped off from Killdozer.  Which can be watched on YouTube, search under "Killdozer 1974".
Re: Maximum Overdrive
Reply #45. Posted on September 02, 2010, 07:52:21 AM by AndrewS
I just watched the clip and had the same thought I had watching the movie years ago. "How much would you have loved to be one of the grips who got to throw cans at a mob of fleeing softball players?"
Re: Maximum Overdrive
Reply #46. Posted on September 03, 2010, 09:16:25 AM by appologist
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Stephan King is a master of what he does, which is writing the world's best horror novels.
sorry, please shoot me down but just want to raise this minor point that has nothing to do with the movie... you mis-spelt "Stephan King" ... should be spelt "H. P. Lovecraft"...
Re: Maximum Overdrive
Reply #47. Posted on September 11, 2010, 04:46:39 PM by SB001

He left the Epilog ,Wherein it states a armed,killer satellite(it may say whose) shoots down a UFO that was hidden in the comets trail and that shortly after ,the machines go back to being normal.

See, The whole thing is ET's fault!!!  Wink
Re: Maximum Overdrive
Reply #48. Posted on September 12, 2010, 01:46:48 AM by El Misfit
Maybe somebody has mentioned this by now, but the comet that turns big machines murderous was totally ripped off from Killdozer.  Which can be watched on YouTube, search under "Killdozer 1974".
both were King's stories, so there's no need to fret. Wink
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