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what was it like when it was released in 1986?


was it seen as a stinker? did folks think of it as a joke? who saw it at the theater? It looks so low budget. IMDB lists it having a 10 million dollar budget for 1986 which back then the average budget was 16 million of which is exactly what Top Gun costs. And yet MO looks so cheap.

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As I recall, it was expected to fail at the box office, so it did. It was a movie based on a King short story, and that was a sure recipe for disaster. The movies based on full-sized novels like Pet Sematary and Christine were successful, but trying to base a 90-minute movie on a short story was rarely successful. So it had the stench of failure about it, from the very beginning.

Myself, I love movies about homicidal vehicles, so I greatly enjoyed it. \

It was still pretty silly, though.

- HOW kin I be so brainless, when I is so smart?

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My dad was a teen at the time and he saw it in theaters, and he said it was basically the laughing stock of horror cinema for a long time and that some people were anticipating it being one of the worst films ever made. Everyone practically knew it would be dead on arrival, which is why the film both performed badly at the box office and Stephen King still looks down upon it to this day. My actually enjoyed it, in a laughable stupid kind of way.

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I remember seeing one of the previews and remember a older kid/teen on our block on the military base we lived on in a foreign country saw it and was saying how much he liked it and thought it was cool but the guy was a total weirdo. I thought it was okay when I saw it, campy with a AC DC soundtrack, had kind of a cool 80's look to it but was really cheesy too.

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I saw it when it came out.

The machines come to life and take out the humans, that's entertainment!

Watched it again the other night, and though its kinda dated, its still
entertaining.

That poor dog! Har!

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Pffft, my suspension of disbelief has higher standards than that.

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I didn't see it in the theater. I was 10 when it came out. I remember a friend and I rented it from the video store for a sleepover and thought it was amazing. I've watched it multiple times throughout the years, and I still love it. Yeah, it's pretty low-budget looking and a bit on the campy side even, but it's still got some weird sort of charm to it.

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I was 10 when it came out also! I seen it at a friends on showtime, probably a year later. I loved it, but It freaked me out. I remember riding my bike home that night and looking over my shoulder the whole time lol. I still love this movie, and when I reach into a snowblower to clean the blades when the thing is off, I still think about this movie

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Absolutely incredible!!!

Saw it in theaters when I was 12. All the adults thought it was stupid as hell. All the kids thought it was insanely cool!!

Watching it now for the first time in many years, and I still love it!!!

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Wouldn't know. I was only 7 months old. :p

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My brother would watch this over and over again on VHS, which caused me to question his intelligence and sanity for a few years. I loathe this movie, although it would be fun to watch with a crowd.

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stranglewood, ARE YOU DAY-YED?

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I watched it as a teen and my friends and I thought it was incredible! Bad reviews or not, as a 13 year old, it was cool with a great sound track. I don't remember how it was recieved other than my friends and I.

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Only movie I've ever walked out on. I'm recording it now to see if it was really that bad. My guess would be yes.

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