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Flight Of The Living Dead: Outbreak On A Plane (2006)
Director: Scott Thomas

review by James A. Stewart

There is a popular train of thought in the movie industry that states you should never work with kids and animals. After watching Flight Of The Living Dead you could add zombies to this list. Director Scott Thomas and his strictly C-list cast combine to present a fun, straight to DVD film, but in reality one that adds nothing to the genre.

The plotline is pretty simple; take Snakes On A Plane, replace the constrictors and rattlers with the undead, and you are there. The flight is Paris-bound from LA. In an effort to escape the CIA, a scientist and his cryogenic coffin containing an infected body is on-board only for freak turbulence to release the corpse. The rest is taken from the classic zombie movie recipe book. It is worth noting that Scott Thomas does state that this film (originally called 'Plane Dead') was in pre-production before Snakes On A Plane.

Your take on Flight Of The Living Dead will really depend on your expectations. Fans of the zombie movie genre will feel like they have seen it all before. However, to its credit, at least it is a change of scene for the genre, as opposed to the remakes and rehashes that have been to the fore in recent years. There are also plenty of ingenious methods used in disposing of the zombies and whilst the dialogue is not great, it is actually quite mirthful at times, especially when delivered by the characters who are lifted straight out of the big book of stereotypes. Right down to the hero policeman and the pilot on his last flight.

There will be no need for any of the cast or crew to be preparing acceptance speeches in readiness for the Oscars not coming its way, but Flight Of The Living Dead is by no means the worst zombie movie out there. Indeed, in some ways the tongue-in-cheek delivery of the script and the relationships between the flight staff and passengers saves it from being taken too seriously. Whilst the cast is from the lower end of the star-scale the experienced campaigners in there do a good job of holding it together, Kevin J. O'Connor (Van Helsing, The Mummy, Deep Rising), and Erick Avari (Planet Of The Apes, Stargate) in particular.

Yep, Flight Of The Living Dead won't change your life, but if you enjoy zombie flicks it will make you smile without cringing and it will make you jump, maybe just once or twice. Oh, that, and there is blood and gore aplenty. As an aside, and to avoid any confusion - an online comic with the same title bears no relation to this film, and the creator of that (Scott Ewen) is not part of the Flight Of The Living Dead writing team.
Flight of the Living Dead

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