Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Maximum Overdrive (1986)

First off let me start by apologising to my faithful blog readers for the lack of activity within the last month or so.  I had lots of work and exams to do for university and didn't watch an awful lot of horror.  The only films I did catch were American Pie Reunion and some gross out comedies from the early 2000's while I studied.  However, I made my return to movie geeking today and watched 2 Charlie Sheen flicks (I'm doing a Charlie Sheen marathon.  If you want to know my thoughts I can break the horror habit and give you my thoughts).  I also continued my Stephen King marathon with Maximum Overdrive, a heavily criticised directional debut for Stephen King.  The fact that it's so shit on is living proof that the world is majorly populated by wrong people.

As I said, don't listen to the haters.  To quote the poet Justin Bieber, ''BRING THE DOUBTERS ON, THEY DON'T MATTER AT ALL.''  Those words were written for this movie.  Those of you who read my blog tend to love all things b movie, fun and ridiculous.  We don't have Citizen Kane standards and nor do we give a shit, do we?  We like our movies for what they are, and sometimes a low budget mechanical horror with Goblin trucks might just find it's way into the heart of a person.  Let me start this review by giving you a summary of the film.

A mysterious comet is passing the Earth and it causes mechanical things to come to life and terrorise humanity.  It's up to a group of people in a truck stop led by Emilio Estevez to find a way to stop them.

... I suspect most of you are searching for this to watch right now if you haven't heard of it.  If you're still reading you've a) seen it and want to revel in my praise, b) seen it and only reading on for ammunition to disagree, c) just reading on anyway, d) you've just swung by in the hope to read something interesting.  Well, whatever it is thank you.

This film doesn't deserve the criticism.  For a directional debut from an author it's really well done and delivers on everything it needs to - action, fun, trucks and Estevez.  Like most Stephen King movies, part of the charm is the scenery.  It's a middle of nowhere town and there's nowhere to run.  There was another really cool scene with a polluted sky and it looked amazing.  AND - THE COOLEST THING IN THE MOVIE - GOBLIN TRUCK.  This truck was bad ass and looked menacing with its goblin face on the bumper.

The acting was cheesy, the movie was cheesy but it was fun and action packed.  The only thing I can really say it was fun.  If you're looking for flawed film making you're probably going to find it here.  If that bothers you then go make a better movie yourself or don't watch it.  If you're looking for mindless entertainment for 90 minutes then check this out.  I love it.

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