Stephen King’s debut (and only) directing gig was for a film called Maximum Overdrive, which in short is about the earth passing through the tail of a comet that causes all of the electronics to gain sentience – and homicidal tendencies. It’s loosely based off his short story “Trucks.”
For the soundtrack, AC/DC was drafted to provide the high energy music. Most of the soundtrack is simply some of their popular hits, such as “Hell’s Bells”, “Who Made Who?”, and “You Shook Me All Night Long.” If I’m not mistaken, the band had actually released their album ‘Who Made Who’ as the Maximum Overdrive soundtrack. They did also provide a few instrumental pieces as well, the two strong ones being a bass-solo-into-guitar-solo for tension build ups, as well as a screechingly high pitched harmonic pinch for the moments of scares and death.
The film itself is whacky (and one of my personal favorites), and most people dislike it. But the fact of the matter is that the music was provided by his favorite band at the time, and for what he’s aiming to accomplish, he certainly pulled it off on an audio scale.
Watch the opening title scene below:
'Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra