Flight Of The Living Dead Review
Country : USA
Running Time: 89 minutes
Distributor: New Line Cinema
Flight equals Fright as this nifty undead romp hits the runway at lightspeed, ready to keep you grounded in terror....
Directed by Scott Thomas. Written by Sidney Iwanter, Mark Onspaugh and Scott Thomas. Starring David Chisum, Kristen Kerr, Kevin J. O'Connor, Richard Tyson, Erick Averi, Derek Webster and Dale Midkiff.
Flight Of The Living Dead: Outbreak On A Plane is a hugely enjoyable, unashamedly trashy horror film that works perfectly, delivering shocks, scares, laughs and cheers in equal measure. Did I just say that? Yeah....I did.
What's it all about? Stop me if you've heard this; On a flight from Los Angeles to Paris, a mad scientist on the run from the CIA is transporting a coffin containing the body of a colleague infected with a genetically modified virus. While the 747 crosses a violent thunderstorm, the instability of the aircraft allows the corpse to get out of its container. The flesh-eating zombie quickly starts to spread the virus, infecting many of the passengers which now will have to fight for their lives stranded in the air with no way out. Sound familiar? Yes, it does... but Flight Of The Living Dead is everything Snakes On A Plane wished it could be.
There is a huge amount of fun thanks to inventive, fast-paced direction by Scott Thomas and a terrific performance by my buddy Richard Tyson as an air Marshall. It's fair to say that no film has ever delivered so completely on its premise as Flight Of The Living Dead. You could have made a list of things you wanted to see in Snakes On A Plane and the film would almost certainly deliver on all counts right? WRONG! The difference here is Flight actually delivers, where as the former failed miserably. Mad scientists? Check. Zombies attacking people on a plane? Check. Zombies flying into turbines? Check. TONS of gore? Check.
The cast (including David Chisum, Kristen Kerr, Kevin J. O'Connor, and Eric Avari) are excellent and there's a lot of fun to be had in guessing which of them will end up as zombie fodder. The script is packed full of quotable lines - "Two in the chest, one in the balls. That's what I say!" But Thomas gets the tone exactly right, never descending into farce, despite the clearly ridiculous premise.
Put simply, this is quite possibly the most fun you'll have in the cinema all year. If you like the title, you'll love the film. Highly recommended.
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Review by John Gray, for Pitofhorror.com