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Movie Review: Flight of the Living Dead

I had anticipated the theatrical release of Diary of the Dead, only to find out it was extremely limited and in my disappointment, watched this in a fit of anger. I was even more disappointed. Despite Tom Savini’s involvement, was a poor excuse for a zombie flick. Really, they should have took advantage of having Tom aboard, but did not.

And I got to thinking about zombie movies when I was reminded of ‘Flight of the Living Dead‘. After a few minutes, I [censored] and several hours later was in possession of it.

Flight of the Living Dead opens pseudo-psychedelic James Bond-esque style, song and all. We are quickly introduced to the cast including the Captain, who is on his last flight, a couple of stewardesses who are excited about partying in Paris (the plane is headed there, I guess), two couples with some lame internal conflicts, an international criminal of some sort chained to a cop, and three scientists who are craftily either getting drunk or plotting against one another. And Tiger Woods. I mean Billy Foreman. Whatever. The plane is, needless to say, carrying some sort of ‘strange medical top-secret cargo’ brought aboard by aforementioned scientists. Queue a badass storm and you can sort of figure out how it goes from there.

The dialogue is fairly witty, and mostly used to move the plot along and/or insert a joke. Aside from the super-malaria bug at the root of this whole shtick, and probably some piss-poor flying by the pilot, the movie wasn’t too unreal to dislodge my suspension of disbelief (some of the sad acting did at times, but not with anything to do, well, with the plot). While there is some random side-play going on that I don’t get (and sort of goes nowhere), they did manage to work in subtle jokes. Of course, most of the action is caused by poor and impulsive decision making, a busted radio and zombies.

Of course, zombies! I would dare say that the biggest question pertains to the zombies (if the zombies suck in a zombie movie, why bother, right?). The zombies are, well, amazing: they’re bloody, deathly, strong and quick. Think 28 Days Later.

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Conclusion: worth your while, although it could stand to lose fifteen minutes. Far better than Snakes on a Plane. It’s gory, funny at times, and the plot is actually better than it sounds. Hell, they even have rock guitar solos during the actions sequences! Check it out.

3.5/5

Also: read this.

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