The Maximum Overdrive introduction screen.

On June 19th, 1987, at 9:47 A.M. EST, the Earth passed into the extraordinarily diffuse tail of RheaM, a rogue comet. According to astronomical calculations, the planet would remain in the tail of the comet for the next eight days, five hours, twentynine minutes, and twentythree seconds.”

These words mark the introduction to one of the classic B-Movies of my childhood, Maximum Overdrive. A 1986 Horror film (with heaping helpings of dark comedy thrown in), written and directed by the master himself, Stephen King.

Maximum Overdrive counts as King’s only directorial effort, King personally describing the film as a “moron movie.” He considered the whole ordeal of heading a film a learning experience, after which he intended never to direct again. Years after its release, King even went so far as to personally admit that Maximum Overdrive was the worst adaptation of his work.

Though, I feel King is too hard on this trashy little gem of a movie. I still prefer its tongue-in-cheek sensibilities over Dreamcatcher, any of the Children of Corn sequels, or the travesty that was The Dark Tower adaptation. But, we can’t all be The Shining (though King notoriously disliked that movie too. Put that in your glass and drink it, Kubrick!)

 Happy June 19th to the Rhea-M comet, talking ATMs, and everyone who made it out alive