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Maximum Rock With ‘Maximum Overdrive’

Maximum Rock With ‘Maximum Overdrive’ (photo)

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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:

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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