Worst to First: Ranking the Stephen King Movies of the 80’s
The 1970’s introduced horror fans to a prolific writer named Stephen King. You may have heard of him. In 1976, Brian DePalma adapted King’s first novel, Carrie, into a hit movie. The success of Carrie opened the floodgates. Ever since, audiences have been inundated with Stephen King movies. In the following decade, there were 14 feature films adapted from King’s works! Some were better than others and some weren’t very good at all. So as we get into the Halloween spirit, let’s rank the Stephen King movies of the 80’s from worst to first.
14. Maximum Overdrive (1986)
Summary: Sick and tired of seeing Hollywood mess up his stories, King decided to do it himself. King wrote and directed Maximum Overdrive based on his short story, Trucks. Brat Packer Emilio Estevez leads a bunch of survivors who are trapped at a roadside truck stop when inanimate objects begin attacking human beings. A group of killer trucks are led by a semi with a Green Goblin mask on its grille.
What’s Good: That truck was pretty rad. The cast included future Commissioner Gordon Pat Hingle and future Lisa Simpson, Yeardley Smith. If you like AC/DC, you will love the soundtrack. To date it is King’s only directorial effort. So it’s got that going for it. Which is nice.
What’s Bad: There’s a reason King never attempted to direct a movie again. The author admits he was “coked out of his mind” when he made Maximum Overdrive. King will be the first one to tell you he had no idea how to direct a movie and it shows.
King Cameo: Man At Cashpoint
Verdict: King refers to Maximum Overdrive as a “moron movie”. That’s pretty spot-on.