When a comet passes close to the earth, machines all over the world come alive and go on homicidal rampages. A group of people at a desolate truck stop are held hostage by a gang of homicidal 18-wheelers. The frightened people set out to defeat the killer machines ... or be killed by them.

  1. Stephen King

    Director, Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Emilio Estevez

    Emilio Estevez

    Bill Robinson

  2. Pat Hingle

    Pat Hingle


  3. Laura Harrington

    Laura Harrington


  4. Yeardley Smith

    Yeardley Smith


  5. John Short

    John Short


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Release Information

  • July 25, 1986


    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 37m

Budget $10,000,000.00

Revenue $7,433,663.00

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