Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Flight of the Living Dead (AKA Plane Dead)

(2007) ****

When JPX posted an article about this film several months back I rolled my eyes in disgust. I smugly asked “Do we really need another zombie movie?” I now stand corrected. The lesson I learned Flight of the Living Dead is that there’s always enough room for one more great zombie flick.

I won’t bore you with another summary as JPX more than adequately described the greatness this film contains. Like Shaun of the Dead, Flight is another glorious tribute to the Romero zombie movies, though it lacks the razor wit and social commentary. What matters though, is that it was made by a team of people who revere and understand the genre. An excellent example is the one man who gets bitten while sitting down. He then spends the rest of the movie flailing in his seat because his limited zombie intellect doesn’t allow him to grasp the concept of unfastening the seatbelt. You just know he’s going to contribute something to the fun but what? I won’t ruin any of the brilliant developments because like all great zombie flicks, they save the jaw dropping gory surprises for the grand finale.

I also loved how the pilot keeps trying to calm the passengers down under increasingly stressful situations. First it’s the stormy weather and turbulence. Then an escaped killer is on the loose. Next a stray bullet from below flies through and tags a flight attendant. And finally the disgusting zombies come in and do the only thing that disgusting zombies know how to do.

Due to this review's brevity, I will now pad it out by adding to the hype with some cheap Johnny Sweat-quotes:

“Buckle your seatbelt and prepare for the ultimate thrill ride!” - Johnny Sweatpants, Horrorthon

“And I thought airport security was too tight!” - Johnny Sweatpants, Horrorthon

“If the food doesn’t kill you, and the zombies don't kill you, then the over-excitement surely will!” – Johnny Sweatpants, Horrorthon


HandsomeStan said...

Haven't seen it, but I feel compelled to review the reviewer's review quotes, and augment:

"There's been Snakes On A Plane. Is anyone prepared for Face-Eating ZOMBIES On A Plane?!?"

Okay, I'll try again.

"If you liked Shrek 3, you are not going to have anything to do with..."

Ahem. Maybe one more.

"As you can see, the rear exits are clearly markedHOLY SHIT THERE'S ZOMBIES ON THIS PLANE!!"

Towel. Throwing in.

HandsomeStan said...

(sigh) one more:

Airplane The Movie version:

"For those of you that want to chew people's faces off, FAA rules require that you remain in your seats a half hour after departure and prior to arrival. When we have reached a afe cruising altitude, and the pilot has turned off the zombie-dismemberment sign, then you can feel free to move about the cabin, feasting on other passengers. Thank you."

Octopunk said...

Gosh, you're absolutely right Johnny. If the filmmakers know the genre, there's always more room for another zombie movie. What a delightful thought. It's like I found out about a second Christmas.