Hey, Toronto! Catch Stephen King's MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE On The Big Screen Tomorrow!

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
What's this? While recent travel has kept me more quiet about the ongoing Twitch presented Kingdom Of Fear retrospective of Stephen King related films at the TIFF Bell Lightbox than I would like, things are still rolling along nicely. And in this week's selection the rolling is literal.

Yup, King's sole directorial effort - Maximum Overdrive - hits the big screen in glorious 35mm tomorrow night (that'd be Saturday the 22nd) at 10pm. Here's the pitch:

When Earth passes through the tail of a rogue comet, the strange radiation causes machinery all over the planet to come to life and start attacking humans. In North Carolina, a motley crew of motorists and locals fleeing the mechanized menaces take refuge at an isolated truck stop, which soon turns into an Alamo as a convoy of malevolent tractor-trailers rumble to life and come looking for blood. King's sole directorial credit (loosely based on his short story "Trucks") was a box-office bomb, a critical punching bag, and derided by King himself as the worst filmic adaptation of any of his works -- but really, how can one resist the spectacle of Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle and Yeardley Smith (Lisa Simpson herself) battling homicidal kitchen appliances and killer big-rigs? Nasty, bloody, and gleefully dumb -- and outfitted with an all-AC/DC soundtrack to boot! -- Maximum Overdrive may be the guiltiest of pleasures, but a pleasure it definitely is.
Find all the details and order tickets for this and other titles in the series - loads of good stuff yet to come1 - by clicking here.

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  • ColinJ

    Dreadful movie, but hearing those AC/DC songs pumping through a cinema sound system would be mighty indeed.

  • Air Walker

    love the carnage and dread of this movie, from killer coke machines, to diabolic lawn mowers, to the iconic green goblin semi, a guilty pleasure worth indulging, Repo Era Estevez!

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