Trivia: Maximum Overdrive

  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $10 million. Box office, $7.4 million. Thus King vowed to never direct another theatrical film again.
  • Breakaway Pop Hit: Long after the film's release, "Who Made Who" still gets play on rock radio stations and is one of AC/DC's more well-known songs.
  • Deleted Scene: Quite a few that can be read about in detail here. The most infamous one being the extended steamroller sequence.
  • Eye Scream: An unfortunate real life example happened when a remote-controlled lawnmower accidentally struck a piece of wood and the director of photography lost his eye from the splinters. He sued King for several million dollars (they later settled out of court).
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Emilio Estevez is Bill the protagonist, Yeardley Smith (better known as the voice of Lisa Simpson) is the newly-wed bride Connie (apparently she was cast because she was dating Stephen King at the time).
  • Old Shame: For Yeardley Smith and Stephen King. Stephen King likes to say that everyone makes mistakes now and then - "I directed Maximum Overdrive, I know what I'm talking about."
  • What Could Have Been: The scene where one of the little league kids gets run over feet first by a steamroller was bowdlerised from the original production cut. The mannequin used for the steamroller to run over had a bag filled with fake blood placed next to its head in order to add to the gore. However, what the crew didn't expect was for the head of the mannequin to explode into a huge mess of fake blood and gore. The crew loved it, but the censors found it too graphic, and ordered for the shot to be cut.
    • The original scripted ending had the Dixie Boy survivors deal with one last obstacle before escaping, a machine gun mounted coast guard boat. There was also to be one last shot of the city of Wilmington being destroyed by the machines (rumored to have been done via a matte painting).
    • This film, along with the 1986 Manhunter were originally going to be the last two films that producer Dino De Laurentiis would make with his deal with MGM. However, Dino decided to distribute both films by his own production company De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (originally Embassy Pictures), effectively halting the deal until the 1990s.