While writing these reviews I will still not try to spoil too many major plot points even if I may have done so during the live tweets. I thought there was a good chance I’d find a movie in this box set that would become a new favorite with me. Look no further than Disc1 SideA for Memorial Valley Massacre.
The story that unfolds in this movie is pure insanity, the characters actions and dialog left me laughing and rooting for the chaos that unraveled. About half way through I had completely stopped caring what direction this film has, and yet was still engrossed in the story. The films terrible characters really make you dislike them, and the likable characters I found myself wanting to see avoid harm because of how they fit in to the story. This movie would fit well in between a triple feature of Summer Camp Nightmare (1987) and Sleepaway Camp (1983).
While this movie might not work for everyone, it left me fully entertained. I have my crowd of friends who enjoy the more strange horror movies, this will be one burned in to my memory to recommend. If you don’t take your horror movies seriously or like the feel of a movie that feels like a banned After School Special at times (especially with the music) I would highly recommend checking this movie out!
#reactflix is a live reaction movie review hashtag created by myself, I will be watching movies and reacting to them live via Twitter. I will post a short review here on the site called #reactflix: Final Cut.
The first two movies are Death Rage (1976) and Memorial Valley Massacre (1988), both of these are part of a 50 movie box set I was gifted several years ago. In this set are some movies I’ve seen, and some I haven’t. My plan is to try doing all 50 of these movies and see how things are from there. If no one seems to care about this I may never reach all 50 movies reviewed in this format.
I will be tweeting about the #reactflix days before they happen and look forward to anyone who wants to watch their own copies and tweet along or anyone who has seen the movie I’m watching to join along! Just please remember no spoilers, I am watching these movies without researching them (unless I have seen them before) and will be trying to give you the purest reaction I can to the movies I haven’t seen.
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Where cinema trash, is cinema treasure.
Maximum Overdrive (1986)
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Rotten Tomatoes: 17% IMDB: 5.4/10
Written and Directed by Stephen King (yes that Stephen King)
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A cult classic that feels right at home as my first review. A film that even the writer/director himself discredits, citing it as the worst of his film adaptations.
I still wonder what made Stephen King choose “Trucks” to be his first directorial effort. With so many other stories he has written that would have been far easier to adapt and direct, maybe his career as a director would have been different had he started with a less ambitious project.
Reasons to check this film out!
– If over the top action, strange dialog choices and an offbeat plot are things you look for in a movie, this has it all in strong doses.
– Fans of movies with heavy stunt work, at the time CGI wasn’t developed to a point that you could use it to shoot a movie like this. A few notable accidents happened on set, including one that caused the Director of Photography to lose his eye.
– The AC/DC soundtrack that drives this movie picks the pace up nicely even after the parts of the movie that drag the most.
– Not for Shushers! Great film to watch in a group of horror fans. Plenty of moments ripe for commentary and fun with a mix of people who’ve both seen the film and are seeing it for the first time.
5 out of 5 Trash Cans