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Plane Dead (2007)
I'm deeply offended as a horror fan
The only reason I feel I have to write my first review is that some of the positive reviewers claim, that only the haters of this genre vote against this film. I strongly disagree with you on that. First of all I am a horror fan and I DO LOVE zombie movies!!! You can check my list: http://www.imdb.com/list/htEy53F25F8/ The Return of the Living Dead (1985), Dawn of the Dead (2004), I Am Legend (2007), 28 Weeks Later (2007) and Dawn of the Dead (1978) (5 films in total, not mentioning "the evil dead" and the "demons", which are similar, but there are demons involved instead of chemicals) are in my top 10 and you find lots of other zombie titles highly praised (high votes) on my list, like the Night of the living dead classic (brilliant) some of you quoted.
So what's the problem with this one? 1.)It's not scary because the zombies look like normal people with yellow eyes and blood on their cheeks. I have nothing against low budget films and I'm not crazy about special effects, but check it out. The evil dead (demons) is an old movie (with some of the effects looking rubbish today) and still very scary. So is the low budget REC, which I really appreciated and believe it or not you can't find extraordinary special effects there either. 2.)There's no plot. I did not expect too much, but there's no plot in this movie at all. 3.)You can find errors in every film, but this one is full of them and you see a lot of absurdities. Even the other zombie movies do not challenge the rules of basic physics (e.g. a rocket causing a hole in the plane would explode/tear it to pieces immediately, but here it's not the case). I read all the reviews, where people gave the film 1 star and certainly every single claim is true. The worst for me was the scene when the zombies got through the passenger area floor catching people from there. How? Also It hurt me a lot when Dr. Bennett (he was the only scary looking character) flew into the jet engine, but he was able to hold himself out of it and survived. Other stupidity was the bomb (they used it and the plane did not blow up or there was no fire after using it!!!) and the abundance of weapons on board. 4.)People behaved like cattle. If you watched other zombie classics like the quoted Night of the living dead (a nearly 43 year old movie, which is much scarier, than this 4 year old film) or the return of the living dead you can see that people are gathering up and try to survive after the initial shock (at least in small groups). Here the people are running around, scream and 90-95% of them just die without any real fight and resistance. Only at the very end some of them tried to combine forces, but very, very few of them and very, very late. 5.)Awfully directed, as the original idea was good. After the first 30-35 minutes I still thought I would see a good film, so he could have succeeded.
So briefly we have a zombie film, which is not scary, without a plot, with a lot of absurdities and where most of the people die without any fighting.
Scott Thomas might be a good director (won a prize for thriller Anacardium (2001)) and he could have saved the film, but he didn't. Even if it is a low budget one, which is not a problem, you need much more to make a good horror movie. It's a shame really, as even after about the first 30-35 minutes (when the lady was transformed into a zombie, which looked good) I thought I would see a good movie. If you want you can vote against my review, but I wonder what the vote would be if the film were well known with many people voting. I guess 3 or 3.2 average (with the fans' votes included) or so. All in all I can't give more than 1 stars for this one. Only for hardcore zombie fans, but if you like quality don't watch it.