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One day, in a small town in Nevada, trucks become sentient beings wishing to kill or enslave all the squishy meatbags. Somehow, the trucks are able to control every part of themselves, and rampage around a small truckstop. After killing several members of the cast, the trucks make it obvious what they want. To be fed by the gas station owner.
"Trucks" is a Stephen King short story from the anthology Night Shift that was later adapted into a made-for-tv movie by the same name. The story had previously been made into a much more loosely adapted movie, ironically directed by King himself, called Maximum Overdrive.
This book/movie contains examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion: A decent amount is added to the short story, while staying most faithful to it.
- Attack of the Killer Whatever:Trucks
- Big Blackout
- Truck Fu
- Truck Meets House: Eventually all the buildings on the main set are destroyed.
- Drives Like Crazy: Everyone assumes this until they finally figure out no one's driving.
- Homicide Machines
- Instant AI, Just Add Water: Maybe with a bit more magic than most.
- It Got Worse
- Killer Rabbit: The toy dumptruck. Tonka Tough indeed.
- Magic Meteor: A possible cause.
- Missing Mom: The main character moved to where the movie takes place to protect his son after his wife dies. Whoops.
- Shaggy Dog Story: After spending the whole story trying to survive and figure out a resistance strategy, it ends with the humans giving in to the trucks' demands, imagining a future dystopia where the earth is completely covered in pavement and humans exist as slaves to maintain and fuel the trucks.
- Slap Slap Kiss: The Yeagers. The wife complains non-stop about the cheapness of their vacation up until it becomes clear they're in a horror movie, but she seems happy to jump in bed with her husband while still complaining.
- Vehicular Assault