The 1970’s were a great time for made-for-television horror movies. Some, like Horror at 37,000 Feet, were just great camp. An all-star cast consisting of William Shatner, Chuck Connors, Buddy Ebsen, Roy Thinnes, Paul Winfield, Russell Johnson, and more…
…try to survive an unholy druid entity that hijacks an international flight.
The 1973 haunted jumbo jet flick Horror at 37,000 Feet had been a staple of late night cable television replays (especially on TBS and TNT) up until the new millennium, when it finally faded off into the realm of obscurity. Paramount is prepared to reintroduce it to a new generation when they release the often unintentionally hilarious made-for-TV fright flick on DVD March 18th.
Fly the not-so-friendly skies in this frightening tale of survival at 37,000 feet! On a flight from London to Los Angeles, a wealthy architect (Roy Thinnes) and his wife (Jane Merrow) have rented out a jumbo jet’s entire cargo hold to transport a precious artifact — an altar from an ancient abbey. But they’re unaware of its deadly secret. Aboard for the ill-fated trip are William Shatner as a drunken, cynical ex-priest; Buddy Ebsen as an arrogant millionaire; and Chuck Connors as the heroic pilot. Not long after departure, crew and passengers alike face airborne jeopardy and supernatural horror as a demonic entity escapes from the altar, seeking to possess a hapless victim as well as seek revenge on those who would desecrate the sinister deity’s ancient ritual site. Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a terrifying flight!
William Shatner at Shatner Level 5 is just one of the many reasons the film is known more for its camp value than its scare quotient. Here’s a taste of the Shat.
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