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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I unapologetically love Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive. Granted, I saw it as a kid and loved the shit out of it and I’m also a giant Stephen King fan, but come on. It’s a silly movie about all motorized machines gaining life where a truck that has a giant Green Goblin head leads an assault on a small southern truck stop.

I mean, a soda machine kills a coach and a steamroller crushes little leaguers to death. How can anybody hate this movie?

Okay, I can see how someone can hate this movie, but I can’t. Call it nostalgia, call it fanboyism of the highest order, but fuck it. I love this movie.

Below you’ll see Stephen King working out one of the world-gone-awry sequences with his crew. Enjoy and click for the bigger version!


Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic is no match for a good blaster at your side!

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  • Jan. 24, 2011, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Even King knew this movie was a piece of shit

    by WriteForTheEdit

    And that's no reason not to love it.

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 6:41 p.m. CST


    by MotherPussBucket

    They're gonna need a shit load of grapes to fill the real truck.

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST

    I was gonna guess it was this yesterday!

    by CountryBoy

    But that's what they all say...

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Love the "Sun Drop" soda pop can hahhaa

    by Mike_D

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Steven King looks like Dan Aykroyd

    by Tarantinos_Forehead


  • Jan. 24, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    I suspect

    by Robber_Button

    the non coked-out-of-his-tree version would have been a lot less fun.

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST

    I knew it!

    by Darkman

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    True story:

    by TheLastVaults

    As a 14 y.o. I wanted to see this in theaters, but I was overruled by my friends and we saw Top Gun instead. Not sure if that's why I've always hated Top Gun. But I never turn off Maximum Overdrive when it comes on!

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST

    expand all not working?

    by deelzbub

    or is it just me? could be me

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Terrible movie. Great pic.

    by MattmanReturns

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 7:02 p.m. CST


    by Apple Octopus

    ... is a regional soft drink here in the Carolinas. Parts of M.O. were filmed here in NC. (Sundrop goes national in February and, no, I'm not promoting it)

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 7:03 p.m. CST

    good thing King didn't try directing again...

    by scrote

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Expand all is not working

    by MattmanReturns

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 7:18 p.m. CST

    no it isn't......crap

    by macheesmo3

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 7:18 p.m. CST

    got Sundrop in the drink machine here @ work

    by deelzbub

    Georgia too

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 7:26 p.m. CST

    best thing that came out of Maximum Overdrive was the AC/DC soundtrack

    by Stifler's Mom

    wish Iron Man 2 had lived up to its promise and gone all AC/DC.

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 7:46 p.m. CST

    this expand thing hasnt been working all day.

    by vulturess

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Try F5 and see if that fixes expand all

    by Inexplicable_Nuclear_Balls

    It did for me. But prior to that, every time I clicked it, it put me back at the top of the page.

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST

    i'm working on a max overdrive poster right now


  • Jan. 24, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST

    love that flick for the same reasons


  • Jan. 24, 2011, 7:56 p.m. CST

    King was coked up during shooting


  • Jan. 24, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    I keep waiting for Robot Chicken to spoof this and 'Cars'

    by Kamaji

    Just imagine it: the vehicles in 'Cars' come to life, kill people, and then they just stuff the interiors full of the dead bodies, and paint over the side windows with grey paint. Think about makes perfect sense how in the world of 'Cars' there's some things that seem human-like.

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    cinematographer lost an eye


  • Jan. 24, 2011, 8 p.m. CST

    when r/c lawnmower hit chunk of wood


  • Jan. 24, 2011, 8 p.m. CST

    sorry for the run on title posts


  • Jan. 24, 2011, 8:01 p.m. CST



  • Jan. 24, 2011, 8:01 p.m. CST

    but fix the expand!!!!!!!


  • Jan. 24, 2011, 8:02 p.m. CST

    oh my god now nothing works


  • Jan. 24, 2011, 8:03 p.m. CST

    5 minutes later, they post. jesus


  • Jan. 24, 2011, 8:03 p.m. CST

    AICN is undergoing maxiumum overdrive


  • Jan. 24, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST

    i always thought that scene was full size. cool


  • Jan. 24, 2011, 8:07 p.m. CST

    apple octopus: where in NC are you?


    i'm in winston-salem. bring it, stalkers.

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Black Dynamite was the on set miniatures guy?


  • Jan. 24, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST

    exploding head

    by vin_diggler

    I read somewhere that King put a huge bag of fake blood under the steam roller that runs over the little league kid. So when the kid gets squished, his head goes up in a huuuuuge explosion. King loved it and wanted to use it, but everyone on the set found it too disturbing and convinced him to cut it. I wonder if that footage exhists?

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Goofy fun

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    but the short story was really cool. The bit where the narrator imagines the whole world being paved by the machines so they can get everywhere is chilling. I love vintage King. If only they'd make a film of that awesome short story 'Dolan's Cadillac', i'd be as happy as a pig in shi - oh, wait..

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 8:33 p.m. CST

    wood-paneled station wagons, broncos and watermelon trucks

    by stu_pickles

    so cliche for 80's traffic

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Zombot: I'm in Mount Pleasant

    by StrokerAce

    and Sun Drop is my bourbon delivery system.

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST

    MO is pure shit

    by KilliK

    maybe SK is one of the greatest writers of all time,but as a director he should be sent to the execution squad.

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST

    tomorrow's pic is from SW the original?

    by KilliK

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    The other movie like this

    by Fremen

    Wasn't there another movie almost just like this? Where the vehicles come alive and wreak havoc?

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    The AC/DC soundtrack kicked ass!

    by Drunken Busboy

    Who Made Who! The band should have done more songs for films!

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST

    a parable of the gas crisis...

    by j_difool

    ...and great B-movie fun. if you don't get it, I can't help you.

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    "Yeah, It's me, Sugar-buns" thought it would be BATMAN

    by HadWoodenTeethChasedMobyDick

    This movie was awesome though. Fucking A-Awesome.

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST


    by HadWoodenTeethChasedMobyDick

    'Duel' and 'Trucks' are similar, 'Trucks' is based on the same story.

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 10:13 p.m. CST


    by darthwaz1

    Please Hollywood gods, never remake Maximum Overdrive!!

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 10:51 p.m. CST

    This was the closest thing to a Spider-man movie in the 80's

    by MST3KPIMP

    Seeing Gobby's head on a truck was cool but also frustrating as it was a reminder that we still did'nt have a Spidey movie to watch.

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 10:54 p.m. CST

    OMG this picture is sooo stupid

    by ryan thomas

    All those stupid cars and that sun-drop can thing. What is that mountain dew?? How stupid is that? Anybody who likes this picture is dumb and also probly likes firefly and alien3

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

    you live in this 'bucolic' little berg, too? i'll be damned, i thought i was the only one here, here. WHO MADE WHO - anyone know where i can download that song? is the rest of the album as good? i just gotta know...

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 11:28 p.m. CST


    by yourSTEPDADDY

    I think you are an idiot, but good news is, I dont hate you as much as I hate Fettitular/LowesTranny/ViggeoMortensen/deadflagblues/Ryan_the_Retard/etc at least youre just dumb... but that guy is PURELY PATHETIC... seriously, wtfuckers is wrong with him/her/it/them?

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Yeah expand all isn't working for me either

    by iakobos

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 11:51 p.m. CST

    by HornyForHarry

    works 4 me

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Holy Shit! We saw this in the theater

    by ufoclub1977

    and HATED it. Thought it was complete crap. Not crazy bad enough to be funny, and not funny, and not scary, its just nothing. And so was the King tv version of The Shining! He needs to stay away from the cameras. Well except for Creepshow. He did directly write that screenplay, and I love it. He's fun as an actor in that too... I love Creepshow.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:50 a.m. CST

    I've always liked this movie too

    by The_Crimson_King

    remember they used to play it almost nightly on TNT back in the 90's? I watched it on there as a kid, but I also rented the VHS once and watching the movie again years later I noticed a bunch of posters of nude women on the wall in one scene, something I never noticed as a kid lol (or maybe you couldn't make them out due to it being VHS?)

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:59 a.m. CST


    by ArmageddonProductions

    This is the behind-the-scenes pic where the first AD and the line producer were frantically trying to shoot the actual scene while a coked-up King, his dealer and some grip who "liked to party" were nearby playing with some toy trucks and pretending they were making MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE.</p><p> Be grateful that this was the only property King decided to take a drugged-up piss all over; in later interviews, he expressed that, if Rob Reiner hadn't decided to direct MISERY, he was planning on doing that one himself, too.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Magzemumm Ovahdryyve

    by johnny_alpha

    What the hell is Daley Thompson doing on set? Get him the hell out of here I'm trying to make a crappy movie!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 6:37 a.m. CST


    by elsewhere

    We've had 3 Spider-Man movies and still haven't gotten a proper Green Goblin. Marc Webb better fucking deliver damn it.

  • that is all.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Silly, but still fun..

    by Dark Doom

    Maximum Overdrive might not be "Citizen Kane" but so what? It was a silly, but cool "B" movie. Yes it was a silly premise, but it is still better than any shit movie Sci-Fy puts out.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10 a.m. CST


    by Shaun

    That was some funny shit! Been a reader for some time but have never bothered to reply to any talkbackers. Your post sir made me laugh out loud!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:02 a.m. CST

    I thought this was of Mel Gibson

    by SithMenace

    But remembered that's sugar tits.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    I worked on this movie

    by Ken DeLozier

    as a PA. Stephen King signed the book Christine for a friend of mine. The African American guy with a mustache is a stuntman that also worked on Return of the Jedi. Stephen King is the guy in the red hat. THe blonde guy with the sundrop can in front of him is Rod Schumacher, brother of Martha Schumacher who ran DEG studios. Every day at 5:30, Stephen KIng would tell his assistant Stephanie that it was "beer 30" and she would bring him a tall glass of beer. The real director of this movie, in the technical aspect of it was 1st assistant director Tony Lucibello. Great guy. His son Grant works as an AD in a lot of movies now.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Black Dynamite don't play with no toys...

    by fanboy71

    you jive motherfuckaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Really was looking forward to maximum Overdrive...

    by eustisclay

    ...but hated it in the theater. The short story was great, this wasn't. But one good thing about it, I saw it on a double feature with manhunter, which I knew nothing about. After the King flick, I almost left but decided to stick around a few minutes. Well, now I'm glad, because if the King film had been good, I may not have stuck around and missed my favorite of the hannibal Lector films. I recently bought MO on a double feature disc. Since I didn't have the high expectations I had the first time, I kinda enjoyed it.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST

    King looks like Timmy Turner all growed up.

    by the_booger_in_your_egg_salad

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Sun Drop is the greatest non-cola soda ever.

    by TheMark

    Glad to see that it's getting some love here. Glad we wasted a behind the scenes pic of the day with this one. I watched this movie as a kid too and even it couldn't hold my attention on a Sunday afternoon with nothing to do. Love King, but...

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST


    by FleshMachine

    member king saying that in the ads? great pic

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:38 p.m. CST


    by ArmageddonProductions

    I just imagine Stephen King reading these talkbacks, then going off to cry in a huge bag of money somewhere.</p><p> By the way, there is absolutely no defense for this movie whatsoever, but I refer to my above paragraph for anyone who thinks 25 years of critics and the numerous filmmakers who caught hell for 'fucking up" King's manuscripts prior to MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE jumping all over it like it was a flaming bag of cocaine and dogshit on their collective porch actually matters. King did not give a fuck. In fact, if there was a BTS shot of King sitting behind the camera in a pair of 30-day-old underpants, holding a loaded Colt .45 in one hand and a fistful of Emilio Estevez's hair in the other while forcing him to call up his brother's drug dealer for an oildrum full of blow and dead hookers, I would have said "Well, that figures."

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Starring Lisa Simpson

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    The ice cream truck, the remote control car vs. dog, the soda machine, the Green Goblin Truck....this movie was awesome. I read King's bio. He said he's direct, but told producers or whoever that if they thought he sucked, or if he thought he sucked he'd get to back out, and they would have someone else finish this. Yeah, best commercial ever. As someone said "I'm going to scare the hell out of you."

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    There was a made for tv remake of this starring

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Timothy Busfield. I didn't catch more than five minutes, so I've got nothing.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Re: "TRUCKS"

    by ArmageddonProductions

    The made-for-Sci Fi (pre-"Syfy") remake had the small benefit of not being on drugs. Unfortunately, being on drugs was King's greatest asset on MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE, so, unless you're a die-hard Timothy Busfield fan, you thought "The Shining" miniseries by Mick Garris was superior to Kubrick's version or you always wondered what two hours of homicidal automobiles killing people looked like in a way that somehow makes them as boring as physically possible, you might wanna just give that one a pass.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Plus in Trucks the copter at the end is "good"

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    whereas in Maximum Overdrive based on King's short story "Trucks" all machines are evil.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST


    by Geomancer21

    Love this fucking movie. Gold with a capital B Grammaton, i don't know about that. There's a scene early on when miss lisa simpson and curtis (if you saw the movie AT ALL you remember his name thanks to her) are driving passed a bunch of broken down cars and they were flashing their lights. For some reason I always got the impression they were trying to give a warning.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST

    King described this as a "moron movie"

    by proevad

    I would assume that to mean that even he knew it was a piece of shit. Trucks was the worst story in that collection imho

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Now if they'd just do "Lawnmower Man" properly

    by maxjohnson1971

    Man, would I love to see that big fat dude munching down that lawn!!

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Reboot Max Overdrive in 3-D!!!

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • July 8, 2011, 11:56 p.m. CST

    I thought Sun Drop soda was new

    by MoffatBabies

    assumption destroyed.