Science Fiction Film & Television

Who made who(m)? Listening to Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive (1986)

Science Fiction Film & Television (2017), 10, (2), 215–229.

Abstract

This article explores the soundscape of Stephen King’s directorial debut, Maximum Overdrive – both its original AC/DC songs as well as other more cinematic, ‘synthetic’ sonic elements in the film – and how it functions as a reinforcement of the film’s central machines vs. humans plot, while also connecting to larger contextual questions about the changing sound of popular (and film) music in the 1980s.

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Laudadio, Nicholas C.

Laudadio, Nicholas C.