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Overdrive Movie Truck

Fasten your safety belts, junkies, because this week’s episode…wait, no. Don’t fasten the seat belt at all. Get out of that car immediately! It’s sentient, it’ll destroy you! IT’S WHAT EVIL DRIVES!!! Luckily, what drives me and Cargill is our love for strange filmic subgenres, not the least of which being the fuel-injected, tire-squealing landscape of killer car flicks. On this week’s episode, we veer into oncoming excellence; popping the hood on five of our favorite vicious vehicles from cinema past. We also park the show momentarily to stare aghast at the sheer audacity of Stephen King’s incendiary remarks during the Maximum Overdrive trailer. Don’t idle, you’ve got the green light to download another high octane edition of Junkfood Cinema.

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IntroObjects

There’s probably no funnier first-world fear than thinking your stuff might come alive and try to kill you. Then again, pretty much the entire horror genre is based around exploiting ridiculous irrational fears – it’s just that some fears are a little more irrational than others. Your toaster isn’t out to get you. To celebrate that, here are some of the most innocuous, completely stupid objects that horror films have found a way to demonize (successfully even!):

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You read the headline correctly. The number of horror classics that could be remade outnumbers the number that shouldn’t be. I’ve bought into it. I’ve seen enough good examples of remakes done well to no longer balk at the announcement of a new one outright (and I’m sure 5 more will be green-lit by the time I’ve finished typ…okay 5 more just got green-lit…); and if early word on the new Evil Dead picture is to be believed then it’s just one more punctured notch into the human-skinned belt of worthwhile horror remakes. No horror picture is safe from being resuscitated and put back through a brand new shiny meat grinder. Sometimes we get unexpectedly tasty ground sirloin; and sometimes we get mildewy grotesqueness reminiscent of “The Stuff” (which could use a remake). Talented filmmakers will make a good picture while talented accountants will make money. Sometimes both can be satisfied, and that readily occurs in the production of a horror remake because they’re cheap to make, easy to sell, and fun to play around with. They’re the pancakes of the film industry. Almost any horror picture is capable of being remade well given the right kind of people with the right kind of attitude. While it feels like everything’s already been remade, there are still a few stragglers that haven’t. Here are 5 that shouldn’t and 10 where an update might not be so bad.

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