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The Horror at 37,000 Feet (1973)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  Horror  |  13 February 1973 (USA)
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An architect and his wife are flying from London to L.A. with an altar from an ancient abbey secured in the plane's cargo hold. Also aboard the flight are Buddy Ebsen as a pushy millionaire... See full summary »

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Jim Hawley
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Frank Driscoll
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Jodi
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An architect and his wife are flying from London to L.A. with an altar from an ancient abbey secured in the plane's cargo hold. Also aboard the flight are Buddy Ebsen as a pushy millionaire, William Shatner as a drunken, cynical ex-priest, Tammy Grimes as a nutcase, and Chuck Connors as the lantern-jawed pilot. Crew and passengers come into jeopardy when an invisible demon escapes from the altar, and threatens the plane in an effort to destroy the architect's wife. No, it doesn't make any sense, but it's pretty hilarious, and you should watch it anyway. Written by Marty Mckee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Horror in 37000 Fuß  »

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The airliner on take off is not a 747 but a T-Tail design airliner. See more »

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Margot: I don't understand. Why did he do it? For those people? You talked to him last. Why?
Dr. Enkalla: Perhaps somehow it was a final act of faith. If there are devils, there must also be gods. I don't know. I have no thoughts.
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Comedy at 37,000 feet!
17 June 2000 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of watching this delightful television movie very late one night and found myself glued to the television not in rapted horrific terror, but in fits of laughter.

This TV movie deals with a handful of people boarding a B747 bound from London to the USA. A rich couple has boarded the plane with the remains of an ancient church that used to be a part of the wife's English ancestry. Only trouble is....the stones are haunted!! (well, that's a first! I've heard of possessed houses and possesed people, but, slabs of limestone?)

Anyway William Shatner boards the flight in wonderful plaid suits and plaid hair pieces posing as a man of religion who has lost his faith. He performs a delightful bit of cheesy acting in trying to ward of the horrific, terrifying flood of evil, devil possesed chocolate sauce emerging from the cargo bay (I've never seen people so terrified of confectionary). The film reaches it's climax when the passengers decided to build a bonfire in the plane to keep their souls free from what looks like Guacamole dip - obviously these people don't fly much or else they'd realise that this is what Airline food normally does.

It's a hilarious film with lots of absolute dead pan acting, but keep your eyes out for the highly dramatic and tense scene in the plane where I am positive that the actors are desperately trying to contain their laughter. I don't blame them.


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