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Flight Of The Living Dead:
Outbreak On A Plane
cast: David Chisum, Kristen Kerr, Kevin J. O'Connor, Richard Tyson, and Sarah Laine

director: Scott Thomas

94 minutes (18) 2006
widescreen ratio 16:9
EIV DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 5/10
reviewed by Christopher Teague
So, does having two titles, for the price of one, equate to double the entertainment? In this case, not really... Flight Of The Living Dead is a poor cousin to last year's Snakes On A Plane - it has neither the star-power of Samuel L. Jackson nor the budget, but where it does score is by bringing back those ludicrous Airport disasters of the 1970s: preposterous storylines played straight by (at the time) an A-list cast. Who else remembers a 747 (owned by Jimmy Stewart) sinking into the sea?

The story behind Flight Of The Living Dead concerns a group of slightly sceptical scientists who happen to be transporting a cryogenically frozen living-dead corpse on a routine flight from L.A. to Paris - in an aircraft which is half-empty, due no doubt to the lack of budget. The relatively unknown cast of stereotypes try their best, it must be said, and Scott Thomas' direction belies the low budget of the production, but it is the script that doesn't quite work with moments of dreary exposition that is just pure laziness.

Erick Avari's extended cameo adds a touch of gravitas to the proceedings, with the zombie makeup and visual effects also proving that there is some talent to be found, not to mention the opening sequence which hints at what joy to expect, but unfortunately the film doesn't really deliver - a missed opportunity to not just cash in on the Samuel L. Jackson vehicle but to possibly surpass it in a similar vein to From Dusk Till Dawn, which took the premise of a deadly-serious crime tale about two criminals on the lam and turned it into a ball-busting vampire flick, with laughs and scares aplenty.

The film does hint at the talent of a new director, though, so this could well do for Scott Thomas what Bad Taste did for Peter Jackson. In closing, if you have absolutely nothing else to watch and feel in the need for 90 minutes of brainless entertainment, then this is for you - but if you want something a little bit more, then re-watch Snakes On A Plane instead.
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