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[[caption-width-right:270:[[Music/{{ACDC}} Who made who, who made you...]]]]

-> ''"If you want it done right, you have to do it yourself."''
-->-- '''Creator/StephenKing''' in the trailer.

'''''Maximum Overdrive''''' is a horror film written and directed by Creator/StephenKing based on his short story "Literature/{{Trucks}}" from the ''Literature/NightShift'' collection. The same short story was later adapted into a MadeForTVMovie in 1997.

The movie centers around people trapped in the Dixie Boy truck stop outside Wilmington, North Carolina, surrounded by homicidal trucks and other vehicles who have [[SentientVehicle gained sentience]] from radiation produced by a comet close to earth.

Later King claimed that he was [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs coked out of his mind while making this film]]. This explains ''a lot.''
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!!This film contains examples of:

%%* AdaptationExpansion
* AmericaSavesTheDay: Inverted in the end. [[spoiler:It is a Soviet "[[KillSat weather satellite]]" which destroys the UFO hiding in the comet causing all the trouble.]]
* AnyoneCanDie: Dozens are killed as early as the first few minutes, among which is Denny, Deke's father and one of the truck stop employees. Midway there's Camp Loman, the fundamentalist preacher Brett hitched on, and at the climax [[spoiler:Wanda, Bubba and a few others bite the dust, too]].
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Brett gives a hard one to Bubba after casually telling Deke that his father was among the earlier casualties.
* ArtisticLicense: This movie requires some MST3KMantra ("It's just a show") due to a lack of {{Consistency}} in exactly ''what'' machines can come to life. Some mechanical items should be "alive" but aren't (like cars and the mechanical parts of the arsenal of weapons), and some things that really shouldn't be alive are (the side-view mirror moving, the valve on the gas refill truck, the swivel for the small military car's machine gun).
** In a throwaway line, a radio station reports that "some machines are waking up slower than others."
* AttackOfTheKillerWhatEver: Trucks, household appliances, you name it.
* BadHumorTruck: One of the vehicles patrolling the suburbs is a blood-smeared ice cream truck.
* BigDamnHeroes: Bubba shooting rockets at 2 18-wheelers who try to run down Brett, Billy, Connie and Curt.
* BondOneLiner:
-->'''Bill''': Adios, motherfucker!
-->'''Bubba''': That one's deported for sure!
* TheCameo:
** Bandmembers of Music/{{ACDC}} appear briefly on a speedboat in the bridge scene.
** [[CreatorCameo Stephen King]] appears briefly as the man using ATM machine in the opening.
* ChainsawGood: As Deke rides his bike through the suburbs, man with a chainsaw stuck on his throat can be briefly seen.
* ClosedCircle: The truck stop, since it is surrounded by murderous vehicles.
* CompletelyDifferentTitle: In Italy, the film was titled ''Brivido'' ("Shiver").
* ContrivedCoincidence: The boy who just arrived knows Morse code.
* CoolMask: The [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn Green Goblin]] mask on the Kidz Toyz truck.
* CorruptHick: Bubba Hendershot runs a truck stop that mostly employs people on parole allowing him to force them to work more hours then he has to pay them for. If they refuse, then he can get his friend who is on the state patrol to arrest them and send them back to jail. Billy theorizes that Bubba also sells guns on the side when his gun cache is found.
* DeathByMaterialism:
** When the truck stop's arcade room starts going crazy, a guy in there starts collecting all the coins the machines spit out. Staying there, he gives an opportunity to one of the cabinets to hypnotize and electrocute him.
** Brad leaves behind the rest of cast to take a ring from a corpse, and is then flattened by the Kidz Toyz truck.
* DestinationDefenestration: During the bridge scene, one poor guy is shown flying through a windshield.
* DestroyTheProductPlacement: A Semi-trailer prominently labelled with a Miller beer logo is blown up with a rocket in a wide shot giving you a full view of the ad before it explodes.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: In stark contrast to [[DownerEnding the original short story]] it was based on, [[spoiler:the movie ends with Bill, Brett, Curtis, Connie, Deke, Handy (the driver of the Green Goblin truck) and a few others happily sailing off into the safety of an island, while the ''Soviets'' save the day firing down the UFO hiding near the comet causing all their troubles]].
* EveryCarIsAPinto: When the truck that was chasing Connie and Curt drives off the road, it catches fire in mid jump and explodes completely when it stops.
* EveryoneKnowsMorse: When the military vehicle starts honking its horn, Deke recognizes that it's using Morse Code.
* EyeScream: Duncan gets an eyeful of gasoline, and loses most of his eyesight.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: The mask on the Kidz Toyz truck has them, since its [[RedEyesTakeWarning red pupils]] are aligned with the vehicle's headlights.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Brett notes that Billy "sure makes love like a hero".
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Wanda June. After an entire day of getting her arm cut by the electric knife and watching the trucks take over the Dixie Boy; she finally snaps and falls under the delusion that because humans made machine, they should automatically listen to her out of principal. She tries to put this into play twice and it fails to work. [[spoiler: The latter costing her, her own life.]]
--> '''Wanda June:''' You can't WE MADE YOU!!! WHERE'S YOUR SENSE OF LOYALTY YOU PUKING THINGS!!! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis WE!!! MADE!!! YOU!!!]]
* HomicideMachines: The vending machine scene is one of the [[GroinAttack most memorable]] instances of this. But there's also the meat slicer and the lawnmower and certain other appliances besides.
* HowManyFingers: Said to Duncan after he got gasoline into his eyes.
* ICallItVera: Billy calls his straight razor "Mother's Helper".
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: As with the other Stephen King films. A special case here, as he also directed the movie.
* InfantImmortality: Averted in the steamroller scene and played straight on Deke.
* MarionetteMaster: Stephen King [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/27/MaximumOverdrivePoster.jpg on one of the posters]] holds the cast on his strings.
* MoreDakka:
** Hendershot's gun collection in the truck stop's basement at one point serves this purpose for the protagonists, giving them a chance blow up some of the vehicles.
** At one point, the trucks call an armed military vehicle for assistance when they need to coerce the cast to give them gas.
* PlugNPlayTechnology: Kind of a weird partial example. There's no actual interfacing of differing technologies per se, but the weird alien radiation which animates the Earth's gadgets does endow those gadgets with some unexpected abilities -- such as the ability to see/sense humans, or to move independently even with no built-in means of locomotion. In the short story, at least, the "alien ray" was supernatural.
* PopStarComposer: Aside from the occasional use of PsychoStrings (appropriately provided on electric guitar), the soundtrack is entirely made from Music/{{ACDC}} songs.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: At one point, drunk Wanda freaks out and goes to outside to yell "WE! MADE! YOU!" at the circling vehicles.
* RecycledInSPACE: ''Maximum Overdrive'' is [[Film/NightOfTheLivingDead George A. Romero's]] [[Film/DawnOfTheDead Zombie]] [[Film/DayOfTheDead trilogy]] WITH TRUCKS!!
* RecycledTrailerMusic: The trailer uses "Chariots of Pumpkins" from ''Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch''.
* SceneryGorn: At one point, Deke slowly rides his bicycle through the streets of a neighborhood littered with bloody, butchered corpses. Even with the [[SoundtrackDissonance incongruous rock soundtrack]], it's one of the more effective and properly disturbing parts of the film.
* SelfDeprecation: Combined with CreatorCameo.
-->'''Stephen King:''' This machine just called me an asshole!
* SexDressed: When the bulldozer and army vehicle arrive, Bubba and Wanda come rushing out of a room with him buckling up his pants and her zipping up her shirt.
* ShoutOut: The light aircraft flying recon for the trucks is [[Film/ApocalypseNow playing "Flight of the Valkyries" on its radio.]]
* SignatureStyle: Bill's "the comet is a broom" speech is typical King.
* SquashedFlat: One of the junior baseball players is flattened by a steamroller.
** A loader dozer also does this to the newlyweds' car.
* StealthParody[=/=]ParodyRetcon: After the movie was released, King claimed he had [[IMeantToDoThat intended]] to film a modern BMovie.
* StuffBlowingUp: When the vehicles eventually [[CarMeetsHouse drive into the truck stop]], everything starts to blow up spectacularly.
* TitleDrop: Brett tells Bill that she was hitchhiking to California "before everything went to maximum overdrive".
* UpToEleven: In an MTV spot advertising the film's release, King said he asked cinema houses to play the sound as loud as possible when showing his film- so it would be the loudest movie ever.
* VanityLicensePlate: The license plate on Hendershot's car reads "BUBBA", after his first name.
* VengefulVendingMachine:
** A man is [[GroinAttack struck first in the nuts]] and [[TapOnTheHead then on the forehead]] by soda cans that shoot violently out of a vending machine. It's unclear, but likely, that he dies from the second blow.
** In the beginning, there is a scene where a [[CreatorCameo cameoing]] Creator/StephenKing gets called an asshole by an ATM.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: [[invoked]] Subverted - Stephen King claims it ''was''.
* YourHeadAsplode: This happened to the steamroller victim, but it was cut.
** Rumor says that George A. Romero actually ''threw up'' at this scene when invited to a test screening.
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