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Stephen King’s 1986 film Maximum Overdrive—which was an adaptation of his 1978 short story, Trucks—featured a killer truck that had a Green Goblin mask on its front grille; see screenshot below.

Apparently, Marvel comics approved of the Green Goblin imagery being used this way, so this was not accidental. But is there any explanation as to why the Green Goblin mask was used to begin with? Yes, the truck is supposedly a “Happy Toyz” truck, but still that Green Goblin mask being used on an “evil” truck is a bit over the top in-universe; out of universe was there ever any reasoning or logic behind this production design decision?

Screenshot of the “Happy Toyz” truck with the Green Goblin mask on its front grille.

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    Because it looks comic-book evil. – Valorum Feb 13 '16 at 8:45
  • They couldn't find anything else that would do thoroughly defeat the air cooling on the radiator? – Paul Feb 15 '16 at 15:30
  • Great, now I'll have 2 Unlimited stuck in my head for the next three hours… – Janus Bahs Jacquet Mar 6 '16 at 21:35
  • No knowledge - but I always assumed it was because Stephen King was a fan of comics. Since this was added for the movie (as opposed to being present in the original short story), that's not the most convincing or likely theory. – RDFozz Apr 11 '17 at 23:00
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To "humanise" the villain of the story. Tech going crazy is just too broad a focus. The mask focuses this vehicle as the "leader", the mastermind if you will. ;)

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