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Blu-ray Review: Maximum Overdrive (Vestron Video Collector’s Series)
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Maximum Overdrive review

Maximum Overdrive
Vestron Video Collector’s Series
Blu-ray
Written and directed by Stephen King
Starring Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington, Yeardley Smith, John Short
Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Release Date: October 23, 2018

Maximum Overdrive marked the directorial debut of the most successful horror author of all time, Stephen King. The film and King’s direction were widely panned to the tune of 24% on Metacritic and a measly 17% on Rotten Tomatoes. Time has been kind however, as the film built a cult following over the years and now there’s a brand new collector’s edition Blu-ray out by Vestron Video.

Based on King’s short story “Trucks,” Maximum Overdrive is about a rag tag group of survivors battling sentient machines sprung to life due to a mysterious comet. While no one will confuse this with an Oscar-winning classic, or even a top King adaptation, there is a certain charm about this weird movie.

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AC/DC Guitarist and Co-Founder Malcolm Young Has Died
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Malcolm Young AC/DC

AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young, who with his brother Angus Young co-founded the legendary hard rock band, has died, according to a statement released by the band on their official Facebook page. He was 64.

The statement did not reveal a cause of death, but the musician had been suffering from dementia, which had officially forced his retirement from the band in 2014. After his departure, his nephew Stevie Young took his place in the group.

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AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd: Murder Procurement Charges Dropped
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Phil Rudd Headshot

Updating our story out of New Zealand from yesterday regarding AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd: The charges of attempting to procure a murder have been dropped due to insufficient evidence. This is great news for the legendary sticks man, as a conviction would have meant up to 10 years in prison. Rudd still faces charges of threatening to kill and possession of small amounts of methamphetamine and marijuana.

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Breaking News: AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Arrested For Attempting To Hire Hitman
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Phil Rudd Headshot

Disturbing news out of New Zealand as long time AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been arrested on charges of attempting to procure a murder. That’s Kiwi speak for trying to hire a hitman. Rudd has also been charged with possession of methamphetamine and cannabis which were discovered in his home during an early morning police raid. No further details have been released.

Rudd was recently absent from the shoot for two videos from AC/DC’s upcoming album and was not pictured in the band’s most recent promo photos, an absence that singer Brian Johnson had explained as Rudd having to attend to a “family emergency.”

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AC/DC’s Malcolm Young Has Dementia; Officially Retires From The Band
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Malcolm Young - AC/DC

Back in April, AC/DC announced that one of the band’s founding members, Malcolm Young, would be taking a break from the band due to an undisclosed illness. Rumors of what could be wrong with the 61-year-old guitarist blew up on the internet, from stroke to cancer. We’ve waited anxiously for a real announcement, and now that it’s here the news is not good.

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AC/DC’s Malcolm Young Leaving The Band Due To Illness
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Malcolm Young - AC/DC

There have been tons of rumors over the last few days about the rock band AC/DC retiring due to 61-year-old rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young being very ill. AC/DC is probably the least public band that has ever existed so getting real answers is tough.

Today the band finally released a brief statement (I mean brief) confirming that Young is ill and is stepping away from AC/DC.

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Australian Metal To Get The Attention It Deserves In ‘Metal Down Under’ Documentary
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Australian Metal To Get The Attention It Deserves In ‘Metal Down Under’ Documentary

Being an Aussie Metal Head, I’m particularly opinionated when it comes to heavy metal from my home country. While international fans are very aware of the impact of bands such as AC/DC’s early hard rock influence, many remain unaware of some of the hard-edged unyielding metal bands that have driven not only the scene down under, but the world of metal in general. Often ignored, I sometimes feel that Australian Metal gets the same respect as the creepy stepchild kept shrouded in the basement.

So it was with surprise that I was greeted with the news that filmmakers Nick Calpakdjian and David Hawkins are establishing a document of the history and influence of Aussie Metal with their upcoming film, Metal Down Under. As a fellow weirdo who self-proclaims to be your local Heavy Metal Historian, this makes me giddy with giggling glee. Uh… I mean, it makes me pump my fist in the air and sacrifice a puppy to Satan. Hails and horns, yo, hails and horns.

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German TV Show Names KISS’ ‘I Was Made for Lovin’ You’ Top Party Hit Of All Time
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KISS I Was Made for Lovin' You

Apparently, Germany still loves the ’70s, as one of their top-rated TV shows, RTL’s Chart Show, has chosen the song “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” from the 1979 KISS album Dynasty*, as the #1 party hit of all time. (The single made it to #2 on the German pop singles chart back in 1979.)

Although the song was a huge hit for the kabuki make-up wearing shock rock band, whose on-stage antics of breathing fire, spitting blood, and shooting rockets from their guitars often eclipsed their catchy, yet hard-rocking music, “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” also alienated KISS’ long-time rock concert arena fans, as it was the band’s first foray into “disco.” While it was considered a “disco” hit, with its pumping bassline and catchy beat suitable for playing at the heavily frequented roller discos of the ’70s, it might be a stretch to call it a “party hit.” But, hey, the Germans obviously like to party to it, as it beat out the likes of Rihanna, The Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, JLo, and Kei$ha to make it to the top of the list of 50 songs.

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Geek Gear: Star Wars ‘Thunderstruck Metal’ Shirt
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Star Wars Thunderstruck Metal Shirt

The $10 t-shirt deal of the day over at RIPT Apparel today is a Star Wars-themed shirt with a nod to AC/DC called “Thunderstruck Metal” by RobGo.

The shirt went on sale at RIPT today, Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at midnight CST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it will not be sold on the site anymore.

The t-shirt is available in men’s (through 3XL) and women’s sizes for $10 each in black. Kids sizes are $15 (Boys, Girls, and Toddlers in black); Onesies are $18 (in black); Hoodie for $38 (in Men/Unisex sizes in black). You can also get the design on coasters for $25; iphone cases for $18; and prints (18″x24″) for $20.

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Remembering Original AC/DC Front Man Bon Scott On His Birthday
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Bon Scott

Today would have marked the 66th birthday of Bon Scott, the original lead singer of the Australian hard rock group AC/DC. Scott, who was their front man during the first wave of the band’s success, died of acute alcohol poisoning on February 19th, 1980, and was another of rock’s true blue go for broke and take no prisoners individual, who relished and leapt full frontally into all the swirling decadence that came with his endeavor. With his gritty voice and attitude, his ballsy approach on the microphone, his charmingly sleazy demeanor, and dying young like so many of rock and roll’s greats before him, Bon Scott remains a celebrated figure in the annals of hard rock history.

He was born Ronald Belford Scott in Scotland on July 9, 1946, before his family moved him from there to Australia when he was six. Having recently arrived from Bonnie, Scotland at that point when he went to school, he was christened with the nickname “Bon” and it stuck with him for the rest of his life.

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