The pavement runs red this Saturday at Mason Park. Graveyard Shift, Houston’s monthly horror series, revs back with a double feature tribute to death, destruction, motor oil and rock and roll.
In 1986, brothers Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez each released a film into theaters that featured a plot hinged on vehicular manslaughter.
Emilio starred in MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE, the first (and last) movie ever directed by Stephen King. Self-admittedly coked out of his mind during the filming, King directed a cruel-spirited display of mankind’s feeble attempts to assert dominance over technology when an astrological phenomenon causes machines to gain sentient technology. Well, as any two-year-old with a working knowledge of the ways of the world knows, when you give sentient technology to machines their most immediate concern becomes crushing their flesh fathers and mothers and grinding their bones underneath their steel heels. MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE features death by soda machine, death by R/C toy and, most frequently, death by some of the meanest mothertrucking vehicles to ride into town in search of fuel and blood-soaked vengeance against their former human overlords. MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE is everything you could have ever hoped for in a movie directed by a drug-addled master of literary horror – and so much more. Point in fact - AC/DC contributed a soundtrack to the film. The film will screen in 35mm!
That same year, Charlie Sheen starred in THE WRAITH, one of the most perfectly constructed dead teenager movies from that glorious cesspool of cinema that was the ‘80s. When a gang of street racers hold a small town hostage in their extravagantly evil plot to force local teenagers into street races that end in death and/or a stolen car, a mysterious masked rider driving a Dodge M4S Turbo Interceptor rolls into town and begins picking off the annoying little punks one at a time. Nick Cassavetes co-stars as a delicious example of prime-A douchebaggery - complete with an excess of good looks, swagger and deadly intensity. He leads a gang of misfit ne'er-do-wells including from all walks of life – grease monkeys, dipwad punks, braindead druggies and preppies. In the end, though, these street racers are just victims for The Wraith and his death machine. The film will also screen in 35mm!
Both movies will feature a sprinkling of live pyrotechnics during the show. There will be games, giveaways and so much more. So come early, drink heartedly and rejoice in this double bill of vehicular manslaughtertainment.