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Rated R
Copyright 1986 De Laurentiis
Reviewed by Adam Eshack on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Billy - Played by Emilio Estevez; this came out in the same year when he later wrote, directed, and starred in "Wisdom," which was about as huge a hit as this one; here he plays the hero; an employee at the Dixie Boy Truck Stop; spends a lot of the movie flirting with Brett and has an embarrassing make-out scene with her.
  • Brett - Slutty, but cute girl; hitchhiking with the Bible Salesman; ends up in the Dixie Boy Truck Stop where she falls for Billy.
  • Curt and Connie - The most annoying newlywed couple ever; Connie is played by Yeardley Smith, the voice of "Lisa" on "The Simpsons;" sadly, the two aren't offed in the film.
  • Hendershot - He's the guy who plays the commissioner in the "Batman" films; real prick; owns the Dixie Boy Truck Stop; shot up by a military vehicle with a machine gun attached to it.
  • Wanda - Bitchy waitress; blown away by the military vehicle.
  • Joe - Half-witted mechanic at Dixie Boy Truck Stop; blown away by military vehicle.
  • Duncan - Mechanic at the Dixie Boy Truck Stop; father of Deke; splattered by gas; crushed by a truck.
  • Deke - Duncan's son; gets revenge for his dads death by putting some bullets in a drive-thru operating machine.
  • Bible Salesman - Goofball, horny religious freak who's trying to sell some bibles and takes hitchhiker Brett along with him who he often feels up; we never find out if he lives or dies.
  • Game Room Raider - played by Giancarlo Esposito, an actor who'd later make it big in parts in "The Usual Suspects," "Nothing To Lose," and the TV show "Homicide;" some homeboy in the Dixie Boy game room, stealing all the change from arcade machines and the coffee/cigarettes in the vendors; electrocuted by an arcade machine.
  • Happy Toyz Truck - Lead evil truck that has a big, green joker face on the front; blown up by Billy.

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The Plot: 

Stephen King had big problems with filmmakers, who'd often "ruin" his great books/stories with all the terrible adaptations of his short stories and books coming out, so what does he do? Writes and directs his own, which got hailed as King's worst film ever, though I think "Graveyard Shift" and "Mangler" were the worst ones. I really enjoyed this one however. It's a real stinker if you are expecting good horror and a decent film, but otherwise, if you're looking for a fun, ridiculous, campy b-movie to watch with the friends to crack up at, you're sure to enjoy this one.

The plot revolves around a comet that flies around earth and causes all the electrical devices to go haywire. From trucks, soda can machines, lawnmowers, sprinklers; the devices have been wiping everyone out, leaving most of the electrical devices ruling the world. It focuses in a small town with a bunch of idiots, Wilmington, over at the Dixie Boy Truck Stop, where a group of goofballs try to make it alive by dawn before they are wiped out by the vehicles and different mechanical devices.

There are a few problems with the movie; the pace doesn't move fast and the film runs out of steam in the last half hour, but otherwise, this is a great b-movie that provides a 98 minute laughfest. Make sure though that you avoid the TV version "Trucks," a pretty lousy version.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • All the people in Wilmington, North Carolina are annoying, blabber mouth idiots.
  • Stephen King, the man himself, can make bad adaptations as well.
  • Never give the finger to comet-powered vehicles.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 1 min - Does the earth look a little misshaped to you?
  • 1 min - Here's a hilarious cameo with the man himself, Stephen King.
  • 4 mins - Here's the great drawbridge sequence. Notice the young, athletic couple; the girlfriend wearing the headband is none other than Marla Maples Trump, making her star-making screen debut.
  • 14 mins - Here's the painful soda can attack scene.
  • 15 mins - OUCH, kid crushed by the steamroller.
  • 19 mins - Oh no, here's the whining Curt and Connie.
  • 22 mins - Don't you think Curt and Connie's car would've turned on them from the comet?
  • 23 mins - What happened to the black marks that were on Curtis' right cheek when he fled from the vehicle attack?
  • 30 mins - If you slo-mo Duncan's gruesome encounter with the truck, notice that Duncan is actually a dummy being held on some sort of stick device to hold still. Also notice how huge Duncan's head looks before it explodes and that the "feet" have been knocked off, but in the next shot you see him dead, he's just covered in some blood and he's in one piece.
  • 40 mins - How'd the truck explode all of a sudden before even hitting the ground?
  • 47 mins - Is it really necessary for us to have to listen to Joe taking a dump?
  • 51 mins - Here's the ridiculously silly gratuitous make-out scene.
  • 54 mins - This is the classic Wanda goes berserk scene.
  • 73 mins - They killed Wanda, finally!
  • 93 mins - Heres Emilio, trying his best impersonation of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • 94 mins - Geez, do we really need to hear Connie whining more?


  • Stephen King at an ATM: "Honey, come on over here, sugarbuns. This machine just called me an a**hole!"
  • Wanda: "Well, this thing was working fine just a few minutes ago, and now I can't get peep turkey off this thing!"
  • Wanda: "We made youuuuuu!"
  • Connie: "Honey, you're bleeding like a stuck pig!"
  • Bible Salesman: "Get me out of this pit, or else Jesus will kill you!"

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note maximumover1.wav ATM: **Beep**
Stephen King: "Honey, come on over here sugarbuns. This machine just called me an a**hole!"
ATM: **Beep** **Beep** **Beep**
Green Music Note maximumover2.wav Connie: "Look oooouuuutttt!"
Truck Wheels: **SCREEECCCHHH***
Connie: **SCREEECCCHHH!***
Curtis: "I think I just loaded my pants."
Connie: "Curt? Curtis! It's coming after us!"
Green Music Note maximumover3.wav Billy: "No reason why we can't just scoot right across. Pick up your feet and try not to shuffle."
Curtis: "I can handle it."
Hendershot: "You boys are just as crazy as a couple of rats in a plugged up s**thouse!"
Billy: "And you sir are, without a doubt, one of the biggest f**kheads I've ever met in my life."
Green Music Note maximumover4.wav Billy: "Now, when I say run. You run, okay?"
Concerned Citizen: "What you gonna do?"
Billy: "Don't worry about it. You just run, okay."
Concerned Citizen: "What you gonna do, huh?"
Grenade: **Tink**
Billy: "Run!"
M274 Machinegun: **Chatter** **BOOM**
Brett: "I ain't never seen a hero with his a** in the air like that."
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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Soda machine of death!

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Reply #1. Posted on November 18, 1999, 01:54:02 PM by Warren H.
Hehehe!  Soda Machine of Death!  Steam Roller of Doom!  Green Goblin Truck of . . . Running Over People!  The first act of this movie is 100% pure classic.  The other 2/3, however, get to be boring and repetative.  AC/DC was supremely suited to provide the soundtrack to this wonderful p.o.s.  Wasn't Curt played by a youngish Timothy Busfield?  Timothy Busfield was also in the horrible remake of this: "Trucks."  Poor guy.
Maximum Overdrive
Reply #2. Posted on December 28, 1999, 10:00:52 PM by Brandon
I can tell I'm alone on this one, but I love this
film. It's one of thoes "so bad it's good" films.
The fact that AC/DC,one of my all time favorite
bands,did the soundtrack also helps. I agree
somewhat with Warren H. on this one,this movie
begins off pretty good,ya know like an actual
decent movie,but then about half way through it
just kinda runs out of ideas and it just stalls(no
pun intended) for enough time until it gets to the
ending(which is pretty damn lame,they sail off to
an island,weeeeee!). Still,even though it does
peter out about half way through and most of the
excellent AC/DC songs are misused(why the hell is
"For Thoes About To Rock" playing while they go
through a sewer system and what does "You Shook Me
All Night Long" have to do with sailing to an
island? Although other songs like "Who Made Who"
and "Hells Bells" are actually used at fitting
moments),I still watch this movie any time it's on
TV and also ocassionally rent it. BTW,this movie
also responsible for one of the all time worst
lines in horror/sci-fi history: "Imagine you're a
race of aliens." Wooowee,I sure hope that line
wasn't written to be the deep questi
Maximum Overdrive
Reply #3. Posted on February 13, 2000, 09:40:00 AM by Stefan Robak
You know that Green Joker Truck.  Actually it's face is that of the oldn Spider-Man foe the Green Goblin who killed Spidey's girlfriend and was behind the mind bendingly stupidclone storyline.
Maximum Overdrive
Reply #4. Posted on February 16, 2000, 09:13:15 PM by
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Reply #5. Posted on July 18, 2000, 03:29:22 AM by Tony
Sorry folks, but this movie is truly a stinker and waste of celluloid! Granted, Stephan King is a master of what he does, which is writing the world's best horror novels. But as a director, he just couldn't cut it sad to say. And thats an understatement! The worst thing about this atrocity is all the bad acting and dialogue, not one bit of it is believable. Like everyone else who posted here, I agree the beginning starts out great and with alot of potential, but from there it goes straight downhill without brakes! And like alot of others, AC/DC is also one of my favs but even they couldn't help this trash. After a while of watching this, I got very bored and was actually rooting for all the machines to kill those idiots! Especially that inane moron Yeardley Smith, better known as the voice of Lisa on the Simpson's. I only feel sorry that Mr. King's directoral debut had to be this stinker! Is it any wonder why he never directed any more movies? You figure it out...
Maximum Overdrive
Reply #6. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Code Zombie
I can't believe no one listed the most famous bad line in the entire movie.  The one where Curtis manages to dodge the old truck that tries to hit him and Connie says "Curtis, are you dayd?".  Actually this is one of my favorite flicks.  Sure its a bad movie but its so much fun to watch.

Code Zombie
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Reply #7. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Chadzilla
I love this movie so mucking fuch!  It was my favorite release of 1986 (beating out The Fly and Aliens, yes I am a very sick puppy).  I was estatic to learn that it is finally coming out on DVD in a letterboxed edition.  I contacted Anchor Bay to see if they were going to include a commentary track by King and they said they were certainly trying to.  The listing at Amazon does not say one is included, but then again it might be too early to tell.

The softball scene alone is worth the price of admission.  But I do have to admit that the first half of the movie is the best, the rest of it kind of sits there and dies.

Also, the bible salesman does die.  His nasty death scene (where is head splits open like a ripe cantalope) was cut to get that much desired R rating, as were some other rather nasty demises that were a bit too heavy on the sauce.
Maximum Overdrive
Reply #8. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by anonymous
I guess I'm alone here when I say that not only did I like this film, I liked it all the way through. The scene there the boy, Deke rides through the neighborhood of dead people, (and a wordless AC/DC piece is playing,) the car chase on the highway, with Curt & Connie being persued by one of the many driverless trucks, (again accompanied by another wordless AC/DC music piece,) the part where the jukebox blows up, the part where Deke finds the bible salesman laying in a ditch, the scene where the military vehicle is shooting up the Dixie Boy, and right afterwards when the people are refilling the trucks to the tune of,"Hells Bells", the scene where the trucks make a direct attack on the Dixie Boy while "Shake Your Foundations" plays, the scene at the abadoned diner, and the final confrontation between Billy and one of the trucks, I loved it all. Oh, well. That's just me.
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