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Cinematheque: ‘Maximum Overdrive’ (1986) / ‘Atrocity Exhibition’ (1970)


This Wednesday, 2/15, at 6:30 pm in Crawford 169 is the third Cinematheque screening of the semester. Kevin Flanagan (Ph.D. student, film studies) will present Maximum Overdrive (1986) and Atrocity Exhibition (1986), the third in our ‘Anthropomorphism‘ series. About ‘Maximum Overdrive’ (from ‘Netflix’):

When a mysterious comet passes close to Earth, machines everywhere suddenly take on murderous minds of their own in this campy horror flick — the first and only film directed by horror mastermind Stephen King. Soon, video games, cash machines, drawbridges and steamrollers all go on a global psychotic killing spree. But when folks at the Dixie Boy Truck Stop are held hostage by a mob of homicidal 18-wheelers, human vengeance goes into overdrive.

About ‘Atrocity Exhibition’ (from ‘Rhizome’): Directed by Harely Cokliss…and features Ballard talking about some of the ideas which would coalesce into his novel ‘Crash,’ published in 1973. Intercut with footage of test motor crashes and Ballard himself are semi-dramatised scenes with actress Gabrielle Drake. Remarkably effective and disturbing. How to get to Crawford Hall from the Cathedral of Learning: Exit the Cathedral of Learning towards Fifth Ave. Take a right on Fifth Ave. Turn left on Tennyson Ave. (between Alumni Hall and Clapp Hall). Pass Clapp Hall and Langley Hall on your right. The building immediately after Langley Hall (and also on your right) is Crawford Hall. Next Cinematheque screening: 2/29: Katie Bird, ‘The Seventh Continent’ (1990)