Here’s a little something in honor of 4/20!
Maximum Overdrive, released 1986, remains the only film ever directed by elite fear practitioner Stephen King; but despite its prestigious pedigree, the flick was (and is) absolutely awful, scoring a pathetic 17% on Rotten Tomatoes. The short story the film’s based on isn’t comedy, but Maximum Overdrive is definitely one of those so-bad-it’s-good experiences.
Film student and YouTuber Jimmy Leitner was keen on exploring the comedic aspects of King’s spectacular failure. To that end, he created a trailer for a sequel to Maximum Overdrive, one that takes place in the aftermath of the original. Leitner’s vision imagines a relationship between a stoner named Kyle and his sentient Jeep. With some great retro horror aesthetics and humor akin to niche classics like Half Baked and Pineapple Express, Maximum Overdrive: The Sequel is the perfect, short, 4:20 break for horror fans. Check it out:
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In the original Maximum Overdrive (which stars Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, and Laura Harrington): After a comet causes a radiation storm on Earth, machines come to life and turn against their makers. Holed up in a North Carolina truck stop, a group of survivors must fend for themselves against a mass of homicidal trucks. A diner cook, Bill Robinson (Emilio Estevez), emerges as the unlikely leader of the pack, attempting to find an escape plan for himself and the survivors, who include his boss, Bubba Hendershot (Pat Hingle), and a newlywed couple.
The 30th Anniversary trailer, below, is fantastic!