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  • Angst? What Angst?: Deke sure seems pretty neutral about hearing that his father was run down by an evil truck.
  • Awesome Music: Any song for AC/DC fans, but "Who Made Who" stands out as the one of the three sole original songs in the soundtrack.
  • Crazy Awesome: Bubba Hendershot, an Up to Eleven Corrupt Hick and Good Old Boy who has a freaking cache of weapons in the basement of his truck stop, including a ROCKET LAUNCHER.
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  • Cult Classic: Thanks to its silly premise and a rocking soundtrack by AC/DC, this movie has its fans. (Not to mention a lack of other "machines take over" movies to pick from.)
  • Ham and Cheese: The actress playing Wanda is clearly having the most fun with her role.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The trailer for the movie has Stephen King say things like "If you want to do something right, you have to do it yourself" or "I just wanted someone to do Stephen King right". note  With the movie itself being a critical and commercial flop, it seems even Stephen King can't do Stephen King right.
  • Fridge Horror: Done when Deke is biking through the neighborhood. Seems awfully unusual that a truck would announce it's appearance with an ice cream truck jingle. Then you remember children are most likely to come running at the sound of an ice cream truck's music. The bloody front end of the truck only enforces this.
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  • Narm: Almost too much to count. The scene where the guy gets electrocuted by the arcade machine, as well as the waitress's mental break down ("WE - MADE - YOU!!!") stand out.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The waitress's mental breakdown.
    • The scene where the steamroller runs over the kid.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Giancarlo Esposito as a videoplayer who gets killed by an arcade game.
  • The Scrappy: Connie. Nobody can stand her constant screaming and whining.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Stephen King himself making a movie based on his works? What could go wrong? Cocaine, mostly.
  • Special Effects Failure: Quite a few (a probable side effect of the cocaine), the most noticeable include:
    • The wheels on the Lawnmower that attacks are not flat on the ground, giving away the illusion that its not remotely controlled (it was also responsible for giving the cameraman an injury to his eye).
    • The soda machine has visible tubes that hurl the pop cans out.
    • The steamroller loses its steering wheel after it crashes through the scoreboard.
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    • The stove top that the waitresses' elbow gets burned isn't turned on.
    • The ice cream truck that landed on its roof (a malfunctioning stunt that almost killed another cameraman).
    • The Mack truck that chases the newlyweds has different pedals between two scenes.
    • The matte painting of Earth at the beginning is reversed.
    • The stunt driver of the beer truck can be seen when it rams Curt and Connie's car. Later, the Ice Cream Truck's driver is visible just before its blown up.
    • One of the soda machine's victims doesn't die right away.
    • The Mack Truck explodes before going over the cliff.
    • When Hendershot uses the rocket launcher, no rockets are shown being fired.
    • In a behind-the-scenes example around the trucks. The radio-controlled versions (which were full-size) would usually break down during filming the Dixie Boy destruction, delaying filming. And when a truck was fixed, another one would break shortly after.
    • This was the reason for the infamous deleted shot that allegedly made George A. Romero throw up. The dummy was built to release its blood packs as the steamroller passed over it and the blood was supposed to simply smear across the roller, but instead the blood packs all pooled up at the dummy's head and burst all at once, resulting in a shot that was deemed too overly gory for the finished film.
    • The shots of bullets being fired at the trucks. When done on the Bad Humor Truck by Curtis and the Happy Toyz truck before Bill fires the rocket, it looks as if fireflies are attacking the vehicles.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Wanda June gets gunned down by the turret later in the film, to the enjoyment of all who were annoyed by her ranting.
  • Woolseyism: The Latin American Spanish dub is a quite curious case regarding this, and also overlaps with Bowdlerise of sorts: The This machine just called me an asshole! line is replaced with ¡Esta maquina me llamó un asno! (This machine just called me a donkey/ass!). Fridge Brilliance is applied here: "Asno" (donkey) is used in Mexico and other Latin American countries as a synonym for "idiot" or "moron", and that without going into the point that, in British English, a "donkey" is also called as "ass" in the U.K. It also helps a lot that "asno" sounds phonetically similar to "asshole" if you pronounce the word quickly enough.


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