Maximum Overdrive

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


  • Emilio Estevez
  • Pat Hingle
  • Laura Harrington
  • Yeardley Smith
  • John Short
  • Ellen McElduff
  • J.C. Quinn
  • Christopher Murney
  • Holter Graham
  • Frankie Faison

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Maximum Overdrive is the classic botch. Good idea, nice effects, bad pacing, porous script, no punch...Too bad. As usual, the premise has promise. [26 July 1986, p.C1]

Metacritic review by Bill Cosford
Bill Cosford
Miami Herald

A mess of a movie, a no chills nightmare about what happens to a group of rubes at a Carolina truck stop when the machines go nuts. [29 July 1986, p.3]

Metacritic review by Rick Kogan
Rick Kogan
Chicago Tribune