Bites
October 22, 2011

Keeping with my Halloween-themed Awesomeness posts, I’m going with Maximum Overdrive this week. If you’re out there trying to find Stephen King’s book of the same title, you won’t. Because it’s called Trucks and it’s in a short story anthology, NIGHT SHIFT, if I’m not mistaken. That’s not to belittle it’s awesomeness, for it is still truly an awesome 80s movie. They even renamed it awesomely.
The premise is that automobiles, really anything electronic, from lawn mowers up to massive semis, have taken on lives of their own and start attacking people. In the opening scene of the movie, a Coke machine starts shooting out full cans of Coke, killing people. Epic. Enter Emilio Estevez (not one I would think to put in a hero position, but there you go) who gets holed up at a diner with some other strandees and they decide to fight back. The short story itself is really good and the movie isn’t all that bad either, even though people tend to die in some creatively cheesy ways. At least it’s Stephen King-endorsed. Hell, he even directed it.

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