FLIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
* * * * (2007, 96 min, Unrated)
I have had it with these motherfucking zombies on this motherfucking plane!
It was a dark and stormy night... yet again... and right off the bat, we get a glimpse of the
quality of this film: We see that the plane where 90% of the action will take place is
absolutely huge -- the kind that has one of those spiral staircases up to a second level.
AND the flight is fully outfitted with gorgeous flight attendants. Why can't I ever get this
Here are some of the other in-flight amenities:
- The Peter Graves-looking pilot
- The horn-dog commit-o-phobe co-pilot
- The federal agent bringing a convict (Beni from The Mummy) to justice
- The sweetie-pie flight attendant
- The jocks and their bitchy girlfriends
- The evil and ruthless CEO (famed "Hey It's That Guy!" Erick Avari)
- The unlikely TSA agent, and of course,
- The nun
We also quickly learn from Captain "I'm glad this is my last flight" Kiss of Death that there's
a "top-level" government shipment added to the cargo at the last minute. Said shipment is
being watched over by an armed guard in a hazmat suit. That can't be good...
|No inflatable autopilots were injured during the
making of this film.
Will the federal agent's prisoner escape his
captivity and reappear at an opportune time?
Will heavy turbulence cause the "top level"
cargo to crack open, igniting an outbreak of
And will the evil and ruthless CEO who is to
blame for it all meet a horrible, prolonged
No, the only real surprise about this movie is how clever it is. This isn't exactly Die Hard on
a plane with all the sneaking around, picking off victims one at a time -- they're zombies.
Between the confined space of the plane and an
inherent lack of weaponry, once the zombification starts
rolling, all hell breaks loose. It's a storytelling
challenge, and props to the filmmakers for coming up
with a number of interesting ways to keep the action
More importantly, the film is fun -- I can't remember the
last time I saw a zombie movie that was this much fun
(oh wait, yes I can). You know there was plenty of
snickering when the filmmakers included air ducts on
the plane big enough for people to crawl around in.
And in addition to the gallons and gallons of gore, we're
treated to such zombie-related entertainment as a
death by umbrella, a zombie who can't figure out how to
unfasten his seatbelt and the answer to the
time-honored question, "Is a zombie with no teeth still a
This site is proof that you can do much, much worse
than spending the evening on this Flight.