Updated: Apr 21, 2022
Maximum Overdrive is a 1986 American science fiction action horror film written and directed by Stephen King. The screenplay was inspired by and loosely based on King's short story "Trucks", which was included in the author's first collection of short stories, Night Shift, and follows the events after all machines (including cars, trucks, radios, chainsaws, arcades, vending machines, etc.) go sentient when the Earth crosses the tail of a comet, initiating a worldwide killing spree. The film is King's only directorial effort even though dozens of films have been based on his novels or short stories. It was theatrically released on July 25th, 1986, to generally negative reviews from critics. It was nominated for two Golden Raspberry Awards including Worst Director for King and Worst Actor for Estevez in 1987. In 1988 however, it was nominated for Best Film at the International Fantasy Film Awards. King disowned the film, describing it as a "moron movie", and considered the process a learning experience, after which he intended never to direct again.
DYSARTS TRUCK STOP
DATE(S) VISITED: JULY 4, 2020
LOCATION: BANGOR, ME
Dysart's truck stop in Bangor, Maine served as the inspiration for King's short story Trucks, which was later adapted to screen and retitled Maximum Overdrive. The truck stop location used in the movie was in North Carolina.