Wednesday, September 7, 2011

40 Days of Night(mares) Day 16: Horror Film with a Great Soundtrack

Oh, hells yeah. I originally had today's selection down as my guilty pleasure choice (coming soon), but absolutely had to change it to this, because it has one of the best soundtracks OF ALL TIME!!!

Why? AC(effin!)/DC! That's why! 

Maximum Overdrive is a pretty shitty movie by most methods of judging these things. Cheesy dialog? We have that! Bad melodramatic overacting? Call today! Stephen King is a phenomenal writer and a master of the macabre. Unfortunately, as a director, he makes one hell of a music fan. 
The only really redeeming thing about Maximum Overdrive, aside from a decent premise that quickly gets floundered by its ham fisted plot drivers, it boasts a great soundtrack of AC/DC at its prime, including the hit "Who Made Who?" which was written just for the film. AC/DC remains a perennial in my playlist because, well... because they're AC/DC and they just plain kick ass.
King has regretted this effort in the past and would be the first to point out its relative low merit. He may have learned at the feet of Romero, but he shows the directing finesse of my 10 year old. 
Having said that, I watch it at least once a year, sometimes despite my better judgement, for the delicious horribleness of it all. 
I give the movie a generous 6 out of 10 and the soundtrack a resounding 10 out of 10.

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