Maximum Overdrive


A group of people try to survive when machines start to come alive and become homicidal.

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 4.9/10 (11,679 voted)

Stephen King

Stars: Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington

For 8 days in 1986, the earth passed through the tail of a mysterious Rea-M rogue comet. During that time, machines on earth suddenly come to life and terrorize their human creators. A small group of people in a truck stop, surrounded by "alive" semi-trailers, set out to stop the machines before the machines stop them.

Writers: Stephen King, Stephen King


Emilio Estevez

Bill Robinson

Pat Hingle

Bubba Hendershot

Laura Harrington


Yeardley Smith


John Short


Ellen McElduff

Wanda June

J.C. Quinn

Duncan Keller

Christopher Murney

Camp Loman

Holter Graham

Deke Keller

Frankie Faison


Pat Miller


Jack Canon


Barry Bell

Steve Gayton

John Brasington


J. Don Ferguson


Who Made Who?

Release Date: 25 July 1986

Filming Locations: North Carolina Film Studios, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $10,000,000


Opening Weekend: $3,205,644
(27 July 1986)

Gross: $7,433,663

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Director Cameo:
[Stephen King]
man at whom the ATM swears.


Crew or equipment visible:
In the scene where Curt and Connie are attempting to get into the truck stop, the beer truck is ramming their car after they are freed from it. The driver of the beer truck is visible for a few seconds.


Man At Cashpoint:
[First lines]

[as the ATM machine is calling him an asshole]

Man At Cashpoint:
Honeybun! This machine just called me an asshole!

User Review

"Who made Who?"


For those of us who like Maximum Overdrive, we are apparently in the
minority. I view it as a funny and entertaining, B-grade action/sci-fi
flick. There's mass destruction and tons of carnage as everything
on-screen is blown to bits…plus it's got Emilio Estevez. What's
better than that? The movie does require major suspension of disbelief
as some of the story elements don't work (for example: the
honeymooner's car works just fine, but every other machine on earth,
from lawn-mowers, electric knives, trucks, and even steam-rollers, go
haywire). But then again, this movie is all about fun. The best part of
the movie (besides Emilio) is that no one is shown any sympathy…not
even kids; in one stand-out scene, a steam-roller comes out of nowhere
and completely squashes this innocent kid. Maximum Overdrive is a cool
and outrageous cult classic that Stephen King should be proud of.
Sadly, I feel that King will never direct again.

Note for genre buffs: C.H.U.D. alumni Frankie Faison and J.C. Quinn
star in the movie. King himself also cameos as the ATM guy.