How’s it going, guys? It’s the Dash man here, and I’m Back In Black! In my last movie review, I mentioned how it was hard for me to consider ‘Dario Argento’s Dracula’ as a guilty pleasure. So, tonight I show you how a guilty pleasure is done. I’m just gonna cut to the chase with this review, because this film shook me all night long! I’ve been talking about the more serious and scary aspects of Halloween with my reviews, but now it’s time to get silly! So for those about to rock…
Stephen King and I salute you!!!
‘Maximum Overdrive’ is a 1986 sci-fi/horror comedy based on the short-story ‘Trucks’ written by Stephen King. Not only was this film written by the acclaimed author, but it also marked the first and last time we see Stephen King in the director’s chair. Upon the film’s initial release, it was garnished with negative reviews, multiple Razzie nominations, poor box-office results and a seal of disapproval from King himself; who vowed he would never direct another film again. Over the years, however, ‘Maximum Overdrive’ has since been embraced by a new generation of moviegoers who have turned the film into a cult classic. So why is that?
Besides that! But yeah, that is pretty awesome. Anyways, there’s so many cheesy moments, memorable lines, not to mention some of the best overacting I have ever seen in any movie…ever. Especially from the likes of Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, and Lisa Simpson herself, Yeardley Smith.
There’s no wonder why this is one of the greatest cult films ever made. What also makes this movie unforgettable is the many Stephen King trademarks, like the death of children, vehicles as the monsters, the obligatory Stephen King cameo and my personal favorite, the hypocritical and perverted religious zealot. For those of you who aren’t familiar with The Stephen King Drinking Game…I don’t recommend it, nor do I endorse it! At all!
Well that’s on you, Leo. Oh, of course! How could I forget?!? One of the best things about this movie. It’s soundtrack was done by AC/DC!!! Screw the Dash Tunes! You want my review of AC/DC’s ‘Who Made Who’? Perfect 5 out of 5! This is one of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time, no doubt about it! Not only is AC/DC one of the greatest rock bands ever but they’re also one of Stephen King’s favorites, which is the sole reason why they were featured prominently in this beloved trainwreck. Thank you Mr. King for reminding us that Everyone Loves AC/DC!
If you haven’t seen ‘Maximum Overdrive’ yet, take my word for it when I say that you owe it to yourself to sit down and watch this movie. Especially with a group of friends and a lot of booze, just as long as you don’t play The Stephen King Drinking Game. I’m warning you all one more time not to play that game…just down a few cold beers and enjoy the ridiculous story, the god-awful acting, the awesome practical effects and the kick-ass soundtrack. Not since ‘Kung Fury’ have I ever truly recommended to “turn your brain off” when watching a movie…and I’m not gonna! You wanna truly enjoy this movie, you’re gonna have to kick all your senses into… Maximum Overdrive!
Now Let There Be Rock, kids! Until next time, Gotta Dash!
Written by Shane Moose
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Maximum Overdrive(owned by De Laurentiis Entertainment Group)
The Simpsons(owned by 20th Television, 20th Century Fox Television, Film Roman & Gracie Films)
The Wolf Of Wall Street(owned by Paramount Pictures, Red Granite Pictures, Appian Way Productions & Sikelia Productions)
Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone(owned by Warner Bros. Pictures, Heyday Films & 1492 Pictures)
Doctor Who(owned by BBC)
AC/DC’s Who Made Who(owned by AC/DC, Harry Vanda, George Young & Atlantic Records)