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The Horror at 37,000 Feet (1973)

Unrated | | Horror | TV Movie 13 February 1973
An invisible demon in the cargo hold of a jet airliner terrorizes the passengers.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Farlee
Mrs. Pinder
Manya (as Lyn Loring)
Sheila O'Neill
Paul Kovalik
Alan O'Neill
Dr. Enkalla
Will Hutchins ...
Steve Holcomb
Brenda Benet ...
Sally (as Brenda Benét)
Jim Hawley
Frank Driscoll
Mia Bendixsen ...


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 person with mental problems, 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. Written by Marty Mckee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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13 February 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Horror in 37000 Fuß  »

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This film stars William Shatner who played Captain Kirk in Star Trek (1966). At the 37:50 mark a character says, "Jim, he's dead." a variation on a line often used by Dr McCoy to Captain Kirk. See more »


Visible wire pulling open the crack in the floor. See more »


Frank Driscoll: You can't burn the plane to save it!
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Not that scary, but it *is* quite amusing.
22 March 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

'The Horror at 37,000 Feet' has to rank as one of the lesser efforts from the era when the made for TV horror movie flourished. It has some great moments, but not as much atmosphere as one would like. Some viewers may appreciate the fact that the evil in this story is never really given a face, others may be underwhelmed. The acting is variable, the direction (by David Lowell Rich) competent if not distinguished, and the special effects entertaining enough, but mostly what this television movie delivers is laughter - I'm assuming most of it is of the unintentional variety. Be prepared for very dodgy accents, which is also part of the (mild) fun of this thing.

The cast of big names includes Chuck Connors as intrepid pilot Ernie Slade, Buddy Ebsen as pompous rich man Glenn Farlee, Tammy Grimes as the self-righteous Mrs. Pinder, France Nuyen as passenger Annalik, the almighty William Shatner as cynical boozing ex-priest Paul Novalik, Roy Thinnes as architect Alan O'Neill, Paul Winfield as dedicated Dr. Enkalla, Will Hutchins as cowboy film star Steve Holcomb, and Russell Johnson as Jim Hawley, another member of the flight crew on a plane travelling from London to NYC. Unfortunately, Alan has ruined the trip for everybody by bringing back architectural artifacts - specifically, the remains of an abbey - in the cargo hold. Bad idea. Apparently druids used this place in a previous century. The passengers and crew are then subjected to supernatural phenomena including freezing cold and wind, a lot of ooze, and cracks opening up in the floor. It remains to be seen if these people will figure out how to survive before the plane runs out of fuel.

In general, this is fairly entertaining, with Shatner stealing the show as the former religious man, treating us to some very Shatnerian acting. Grimes is also a total hoot as the crazed lady who seems to have all the answers. Director Rich does at least give this thing a good sense of pace; like many movies of this kind, 'The Horror at 37,000 Feet' clocks in at a trim 70 minute plus running time. Best of all is when the flight crew are making their way through the hold. The finale is likely to leave people busting a gut laughing, however.

Worth a look if one is really into the TV horrors of the 1970s.

Six out of 10.

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