- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: A huge one occurs midway through the movie, when a toy dump truck kills a mailman. Not only does this have nothing to do with the plot, but it is the only scene in the entire movie to show blood. Hilarious, unrealistic blood..
- A second scene has a team sent to clean up a chemical spill. The truck activates the air pump to the biohazard suits, inflating one and somehow controlling it to pick up an axe and murder both passengers.
- Another has a cherry-picker truck push its operator into some power lines. None of these even tangentially involve the main cast.
- Interestingly, these three scenes are often not shown during the broadcast TV versions. Some even speculate these scenes were specifically shot for the home video release.
- Esoteric Happy Ending: Inverted. The short story ends with the narrator thinking to himself about the Fridge Horror of his situation—now that the trucks have forced humans to refuel them, they can also force humans to make more trucks and help them take over the world. But the story ends before we find out if that actually happens.
- Narm: The entire concept behind the story and both movies. It's far from horror; it's more like cheap Transformers that don't transform.
- Narm Charm: It can still be scary if you look at it as millions of huge, powerful, fast-moving machines that you depend on for transportation and defense suddenly, inexplicably coming to life... and deciding they don't like you. If you think the concept is narm, King's writing is excellent, with the narrator and the other's fear palpable.
- Tear Jerker: The short story has a brief scene where the main character and the girl awaken in the middle of the night to hear a crippled and dying Snodgrass crying out for help. All they can do is listen to his agonized weeping and screaming until he finally goes quiet for good, several hours later.
YMMV / Trucks