Amongst passengers on a flight from London to are an architect and his wife, bringing with them an altar from an ancient abbey secured in the plane's cargo hold. Crew and passengers come into jeopardy when an invisible demon escapes from the altar.Written by
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At one point, William Shatner is seen alone, peering through an airplane window into the night. The shot recreates many similar scenes from Shatner's manic performance in the legendary The Twilight Zone: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1963) of the original Twilight Zone services. See more »
Although supposedly belonging to fictional airline "AoA", the Transworld Airlines logo can be seen on the plane used in several ground shots. See more »
I don't understand. Why did he do it? For those people? You talked to him last. Why?
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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The story centres around an evil druid artifact that threatens the passengers and crew of an airliner in flight. Now how much more potential for good creepy fun could a premise hold? It's like something Matheson and Lovecraft might have put their heads together to come up with.
Eerie phenomena galore as the windows on a aircraft suddenly frost over as if blasted by an arctic breeze, spooky sounds (borrowed from "Forbidden Planet") echo through the plane and a flight officer inside an on board elevator is turned into a frozen corpse.
Great atmospheric music courtesy of Morton "Hawaii Five-0" Stevens.
William Shatner in one of his best post "Star Trek" roles plays an ex-priest who reclaims his faith to combat the evil force threatening the plane. It's almost too good to be true seeing Shatner once again on a plane encountering the supernatural just as he did in the similarly titled "Nightmare At 30,000 Feet" episode of "The Twilight Zone." And he's really good in this, too.
Roy Thinnes from "The Invaders" and "The Norliss Tapes" comes along for the ride playing the guy who brought the cursed artifact on board.
Also on the passenger list: grabbing an extra pay cheque in between episodes of "Barnaby Jones" is the one and only Buddy Ebsen. Hmm, actually he coulda' stayed on the ground, but then with a cast so jam-packed with stars at least one actor's presence is likely to stick out like a sore thumb, right?
Anyways, despite a little bit of questionable casting, a smidgen of scenery-chewing and a dash of dated effects, this is still quite an enjoyable little horror story that someone really ought to consider remaking.
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