As someone who is increasingly trying to look at glasses half-full instead of half-empty, here’s a big positive that was created out of a negative. The positive in this case is a totally f–king kick-ass song by AC/DC, composed for the 1986 Stephen King-directed film “Maximum Overdrive.”
Now, I actually like Stephen King and have enjoyed a lot of the adaptations made from his novels and stories. If you sneer at this assertion, let me remind you of some of the awesome films that resulted as adaptations: Brian DePalma’s “Carrie,” Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” David Cronenberg’s “The Dead Zone,” Bryan Singer’s “Apt Pupil,” Frank Darabont’s “The Shawshank Redemption.” And yes, I’ve even enjoyed a few of the lesser adaptations: John Carpenter’s “Christine,” Mark Lester’s “Firestarter.”
Alas “Maximum Overdrive” was not one of them. In fact, it’s probably in my Top 30 of the worst films I paid full evening admission to see in a theater. King later admitted he was snorting tons of coke when making this film, and sadly, that’s about right.
But … you can’t ignore the AC/DC score, especially this beyond awesome theme song. One of their best.