Stephen King has billions of books in print and a gazillion dollars. Yet all of this success couldn't prepare him for the world of movie making. In the mid-1980s King decided to step behind the camera to finally do his written work justice. The end result? MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE (1986), a film so goofy that it could only have been made by Stephen King. But don't get me wrong, MAX-O has so many redeeming qualities (car stunts, over-the-top deaths, killer arcades, AC/DC score, Pat Hingle's nose) that it is a joy to sit through for me. The US movie going public circa 1986? Not so much. Of the 36 Stephen King adaptations/cash ins given wide theatrical releases, this one came in 33rd in terms of box office gross. Who made who indeed!
Producer #1: "The movie runs 85 minutes but need some extra oomph."Producer #2: "We could add some gory kills. You know, random stuff of people being attacked by machines."Producer #1: "What are you thinking?"Producer #2: "How about we have a chemical clean-up crew heading to that crash site?"Producer #1: "But what would kill them? Their truck?"Producer #2: "No...lemme think...I GOT IT! Imagine the machine that controls their hazmat suits comes to life."Producer #1: "I like it! You're a genius."Producer #2: "I know."