In tonight’s installment of Indie Screams we are bringing you the finest in demonic truck cinema. That’s right, Maximum Overdrive will run you down at midnight ET. The film stars Emilio Estevez as a short-order cook at a truck stop diner that becomes the last safe haven in the epic battle of man vs. machine.
Maximum Overdrive is writer Stephen King’s first and only directorial effort, though dozens of films have been based on his novels, including movies as diverse as Carrie, Stand By Me, and It. A lot of the films were made through his partnership with producer (and Giada sire) Dino De Laurentiis.
The film is not exactly a fright fest and would never have made the list of scariest horror movies ever, but it is a campy pop culture gem. Emilio Estevez was coming off his brat pack success in The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo’s Fire before signing on as Bill Robinson, tough-ass cook and stalwart defender of diners. Also keep an eye — or perhaps an ear — out for Yeardley Smith who is better known as the voice of Lisa Simpson.
But the best part of Maximum Overdrive is the hard-rocking soundtrack. The entire soundtrack is comprised exclusively of AC/DC songs. Apparently the band was Stephen King’s favorite and he didn’t even consider featuring any other band. AC/DC’s “Who Made Who”, “Chase the Ace” and “D.T.” were written specifically for the film and some of their best songs including “You Shook Me All Night Long” and “Hell’s Bells” were remixed for the movie. So here’s a little rock to brighten your day and get you in the mood for demonically possessed trucks:
Watch the trailer for Maximum Overdrive and then tune in tonight at midnight: