• Directed by Stephen King
  • Starring Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington
  • 1986 | 98mins | USA | BBFC Rating: (18)


"Stephen King's masterpiece of terror directed by the master himself!”

Why is BAR TRASH called BAR TRASH? The producer of the very first film we screened, Sam Katzman’s CREATURE WITH THE ATOM BRAIN, used to call his films “moron pictures”. They were cheaply and quickly produced to make millions at the drive-in. Which makes us the trash.

For the end of our summer season, we’re returning to our roots. Stephen King’s MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE is a critically derided monster truck movie that shares common ground with Katzman. Indeed, "King himself described it as a 'wonderful moron picture', and he was half-right." (Time Out). The other thing he forgot to do was make any money…

Marketed as a “masterpiece of terror” but a critical and commercial failure, King eventually dismissed his debut film as a “learning experience” and never directed again. But, MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE’s many lurid charms are amplified considerably by an AC/DC soundtrack and lots of beer (both on screen and behind the scenes…). What could be more fitting to mark the end of our summer at the American drive-in than a movie where the vehicles are literally in revolt?

Expect friendly pre-film chat, prize giveaways and themed cocktails. All BAR TRASH films screen in Bar Paragon with an intermission and subtitles/closed caps (whenever possible). Tickets just £1.

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Contains: bloody horror, and strong language and violence

Event Key:

  • SO Sold Out
  • PB Parent & Baby
  • SUB Subtitled Screening
  • QA Q+A
  • RS Relaxed Screening
  • In 35mm 35mm screening
  • S4/5 Studio 4/5

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