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TWSS? (or would that be considered inappropriate) - wow this is an old thread that has somehow been revived....I prefer Throttle, but Grass is OK...
...sure, there were inconsistencies but I just hung onto the truck bumper and had a hell of a ride.....The comic is quite good. What I like is that you get to see all the faces of the members of The Tribe. Lemmy is actually drawn like Lemmy from Motorhead (the art gallery also has likenesses of SK and Joe). As with 'N' and 'Dark Tower' the art suits the story well. Considering the writers, it's fitting that it's about a father/son relation, although a bitter one. The ending with the two men just sitting there, reminds me of the ending of Carpenter's The Thing.
I have just two problems with the story:
1. It was just a little bit too coincidental that of all places Vince and Lemmy happen to be talking about the dead girl right next to Laughlin's truck, so that he could hear.
2. This I noticed more in the comic than the story. Toward the end when Vince wants to throw the stungrenade, he flips Laughlin the finger so that he will lower his window. But as he does so, in the same hand he has the grenade. It is implied that Laughlin might have been in the army (served in Vietnam like Vince) and he would have recognized a grenade and the last thing he would do was lower his window - in fact most people would recognize a grenade.
I don't care much for the art of the adaptation of Matheson's Duel in the same book, by Rafa Garres. It feels very unfinished, like preliminary sketches rather than finished drawings. But the adaptation itself (by Chris Ryall, who also did Throttle) is really good and dynamic - you can not like the drawings themselves, but can still like the composition, the way the space is used on the page. It makes you want to watch the movie again right away.
...sure, there were inconsistencies but I just hung onto the truck bumper and had a hell of a ride.....
....that's a cool bit of trivia!.....thank ya sir......It's amazing that Spielberg did the whole movie on location in just twelve days - he went two days over schedule. He didn't want to do it in the studio, because it would look too studio-based and wouldn't have a realistic feel. The dinosaur roar you hear when the truck goes down the hill at the end is used again when the shark is blown up at the end of Jaws.
....that's a cool bit of trivia!.....thank ya sir......
.....well said....There's a 3 part making of on Youtube (probably from the dvd) with all sorts of trivia told by Spielberg himself.
They also got away with letting Dennis Weaver doing dangerous stunts. The scene where the truck drives over the phonebooth and Weaver barely escapes, that's really the actor himself. There were safety precautions of course, but one human or technical error and it could have gone horribly wrong as it's a very real truck. Nowadays if you would want a shot like that with the actor's face you'd let a stuntman do it and CG the actor's face on him.
As with anything that's successful there were followers and imitators. You could argue whether Maximum Overdrive belongs to these as it's the trucks themselves being alive rather than someone driving them, but there was also Breakdown (1997) with Kurt Russell, Monster Man (2003) and Roadkill (2010).
But the best was probably Joy Ride (2001). Co-written by J.J. Abrams the bad trucker himself got more of a personality due to the voice of Ted 'Silence of the Lambs' Levine as Rusty Nail.
Even a movie like The Hitcher with Rutger Hauer has a similar feel of being targetted and pursued on the road by an unknown to the ultimate limits through no fault of your own. I remember The Hitcher was quite intense the first time I saw it at the theatre, because it doesn't build up tension slowly, but right away shows how ruthless and vicious Hauer is.
TWSS? (or would that be considered inappropriate) - wow this is an old thread that has somehow been revived.
It would be nice if they could try a co-write together again, similar to what was done with Sleeping Beauties, now that Joe has had some time to "hone his craft".
Then they could do a tour! Hurray!
Who told you I was messy?Messy, this whould be interesting to see them do it. But I wonder considering they are very similar writters how it whould be and if it whould be as exciting. Owen and Steve are very differnt writters. I can see joe finishing of an old book or writtimg started by mr king, after a major life event
Yes, they do exist.I like the original Matheson story 'Duel' a lot, it's one of those truly tense short stories - especially the way it builds again in the second half after the truck café scene (he called it a novelette himself, but it's just 20 pages or so).
However I find the ending a bit confusing.
(SPOILERS for 'Duel')
Finally Mann (the protagonist) drives uphill, but his motor breaks down (steam comes out the radiator). This is probably the most tense part of the story, cause you so want him to make it to the top so the car can go down the other side by itself even with the motor broken.
He does make it, but the pursuing truck is catching up. Then he sees a truck escape route, which is for trucks whose brakes stopped working (I don't know if these actually exist). So he drives up the truck escape route, which is a sort of dirt road. The truck follows him, but when Mann's expecting to be hit, it suddenly capsizes and goes down a canyon. I really don't understand what made the truck capsize, as it was a special escape route made for trucks...
The comic follows the story exactly, but the movie has more of a full-on confrontation at the end from what I remember.