Maximum Overdrive oral history

Trucks + Sentience – Compelling Narrative = How Did This Get Made?!?!

Nobody sets out to make a bad movie. But the truth is, it happens all the time. Every time it does, there’s a fun misadventure and cautionary tale lurking somewhere behind the scenes. This is that story for Stephen King’s directorial debut-turned-conclusion: Maximum Overdrive.

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Poll a hundred people about their top five movies based on Stephen King novels and I doubt Firestarter, the 1984 film featuring Drew Barrymore in her first post-E.T. film appearance, would even crack the top 90%. I actually wouldn’t be surprised if a great many people now have never seen the film.

So, the fact that Universal and the Dino De Laurentiis Company want to remake the movie should be seen as, if not good news, at least a fairly benign report. Read More »