Friday, March 4, 2011

#210. Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane (2007)

DVD Synopsis: When a scientist on the run from the CIA manages to smuggle a contaminated body onto a commercial overseas flight, the plane becomes an incubator for a quickly growing army of the undead. With a zombie invasion spreading through the cabin, only a handful of passengers remains to fight off their fellow travelers and land the plane before it's too late.

I guess if snakes can be loose on a plane, then why not the living dead? 

A passenger flight from L.A. To Paris is in serious trouble. Not only is the plane flying straight into a massive storm, but there's also something in the cargo hold that will ultimately prove much more dangerous. A scientist (Erick Avari) on the run from the U.S. Government is transporting the frozen body of a colleague who'd been infected with a deadly virus, one so powerful that it can bring the dead back to life. When the storm causes the plane to shake, it leads to a little accident below deck, and then total chaos above. 

Flight of the Living Dead starts off in less than stellar fashion, with a bunch of cliché characters delivering obvious lines, and doing so quite badly (there are a few exceptions; Kevin J. O'Connor, who was hilarious in 1999's The Mummy, does a good job as a wise-ass prisoner on his way to a French jail). But when the character “introductions” are mercifully over, the film gets down to some business, and once the infected start feasting on the living, both the passengers and the flight crew begin to drop off pretty quickly, leaving only a handful behind to battle the outbreak. There's blood aplenty (including one particularly gory scene in a bathroom), and the fight for survival aboard a plane that's shaking wildly leads to some impressive, nail-biting sequences. 

Of course, it's all a bit ridiculous; the survivors fire hundreds of bullets at the undead, never once piercing the plane (which, of course, would be a very, very bad thing to do), and the amount of time it takes for the virus to “infect” a new victim varies greatly from person to person (a length determined at all times by what each particular scene requires). This, as well as some pretty shoddy special effects (again, CGI blood splatters all over the place, looking every bit like CGI blood), prevents Flight of the Living Dead from being anything more than a diversion, one that will undoubtedly disappear quickly from your memory. 

Still, I'd say it's a flight worth taking.

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Anonymous said...

This was a super movie drshock, I remember this very vividly and seen it almost 3 years ago. A bit farfetched but what zombie esque movie isnt.

I thoroughly enjoyed the latest modern episode and can't wait to watch all the horror movies reviewed and recommended. How I work it is; if the average of the hosts is 6 and up I purchase. There in the mail as I type and I am anxious to see them.

Hot Sauce Gus
Topeka, KS
M/34 and single if there is any ladies out there, they must like horror lol

Dave Becker said...

Gus: Thanks for stopping by, and for the comment.

I did have my issues with FLIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, but again, it's an entertaining enough film. If you don't go into it with high expectations, then you'll have a good time with it.

Thanks for the feedback on Ep. 7. I had fun recording it, and I thoroughly enjoyed some of the films we discussed.

Your 'ratings average' is a very good system to figure out a film's worth (at least what us hosts think of it). Kudos for coming up with it! Hopefully, it (and we) won't let you down.

Thanks for listening to Planet Macabre, and please stop back to let me know what you think of the films from ep. 7 when you get a chance to watch them.

Anonymous said...

thx shocker for giving us extra horror movies in between the podcast arrivals this one is not available on instant que shucks I am having it sent to me in the mail

Dave Becker said...

Hello, and thanks for stopping by.

I hope you enjoy FLIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. As I said above, it isn't a perfect film, but there's enough zombie action to make it a worthwhile watch.

Thanks again, and thanks for listening to Planet Macabre.