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S2E11: Trucks and Maximum Overdrive -- WE. MADE. YOU.

July 10, 2022 Allison Dickson Season 2 Episode 11
Ding Dong Darkness Time
S2E11: Trucks and Maximum Overdrive -- WE. MADE. YOU.
Show Notes

It's the finale of Season 2: Stephen King Boogaloo! Chris and Allison have packed this thing to the gills doing a full exploration of the piece of storytelling that made Stephen King a triple threat: Author, Screenwriter, Feature Film Director.

We begin with King's short story, Trucks. Featured in the collection Night Shift, it's a chilling vignette of big rigs turned autonomous and bloodthirsty. We then venture into King's directorial debut with the 1986 exercise in campy , schlocky fun, Maximum Overdrive. Rumor has it King was coked out of his mind, and many don't exactly remember this movie as particularly great. However, even as we recognize some of the movie's faults, we're swinging as heavyweights in favor of it.

The genuine craft of this movie really comes into focus when we take a short side trip into the USA Network adaptation from 1997, also named Trucks. Watch this and then dare to tell us Maximum Overdrive doesn't deliver the entertaining goods.

In King's movie, we have big trucks, explosions, the Green Goblin, and AC/Freakin/DC!

By the time you get to the end of this episode, you should be able to sufficiently answer the question, Who Made Who?

Additional Info:

Chris's Podcast, 80s High: https://the80shigh.podbean.com/
Maximum Overdrive Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximum_Overdrive
Trucks (USA Network, Full Movie) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPEfEkVkrLc

Show Credits:

Artwork: Nathaniel Dickson http://ndickson.com
Music: Spencer Morelock

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