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Area 407 (2012)

Tape 407 (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 21 May 2012 (UK)
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Survivors of an airplane crash find themselves within the borders of a government testing area and pursued by predators.


Dale Fabrigar (co-director), Everette Wallin (co-director)



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Cast overview:
Abigail Schrader Abigail Schrader ... Trish
Samantha Lester ... Jessie
James Lyons James Lyons ... Jimmy
Melanie Lyons Melanie Lyons ... Laura Hawkins
Brendan Patrick Connor ... Charlie
Ken Garcia ... Tom
Samantha Sloyan ... Lois
Everette Wallin ... Marshall
Jude Gerard Prest ... The Cleaner
Savannah Ward Savannah Ward ... Tom's Wife
Michelle Welk Michelle Welk ... Base Command Opeartor


The film opens with two teenagers flying from New York to Los Angeles on New Years Eve. Their nightmare begins when their plane hits extreme turbulence mid-flight. The relentless weather attack causes panic and terror amongst the passengers until the plane ultimately crashes in a remote government-testing area. The handful of survivors from the crash, bloody and disoriented, are then insistently pursued in the darkness by unknown predators that, unbeknownst to them, are part of the government's top-secret Mesa Experiment. Written by Anonymous

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More terrifying than surviving a plane crash is what awaits them in the darkness. See more »


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Release Date:

21 May 2012 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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The movie was shot in five days and all ad-libbed by the actors. See more »


The car runs into Laura and knocks her down killing her. The car then drives straight forward but never runs over her body. See more »


Trish: Well, New York was a blast but now it's time to head home and start doing homework again.
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: The Worst Films of 2012 (2013) See more »

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Squeaky voice narrates the goings on from beginning to end.
29 September 2012 | by davidtraversa-1See all my reviews

Before watching this movie I read several reviews and was so disheartened by them that I was ready to burn the DVD and forget about it, but then, remembering past similar experiences decided against burning the CD (pollution) and to give it a try.

I started watching the film with great apprehension, specially after hearing the squeaky, high pitch, unbearable voice of the blonde girl, but breathing deeply I kept firmly in my decision to see this movie.

I was quite surprised to find it not bad at all! specially the first part, until the plane crash. From then on, this gimmick with the hand held camera as the only visual support for the story was a bit too much, and later on, almost oppressive and tiresome to a screaming point (my nerves!).

I'm sorry the monster didn't kill the blond teenager at the very beginning of the movie, because she was really unbearable. The fat passenger was a very good actor, because he really was that kind of character that you want to strangle with your bare hands, and he kept it up for the whole length of the movie.

The airline hostess was another lovable character, and a very good actress, since she really gave the impression that catering to airplane passengers was her daily métier.

I found two unpardonable faults with this film: The hand held camera as the only camera to shoot the whole movie and the very last scene, where we get to see (fortunately very briefly) something that should have never been shown. When will they learn (the makers of thrillers) that showing "the thing" is always a let down for the believability of the story?

That's why in "Rebecca" (Alfred Hitchcock - 1940) Rebecca never appears, not even for a moment, not even as a shadow. She was (they specially emphasize it) "the most beautiful creature I have ever seen" as one of the characters says and who could have portrayed such a creature? (Ava Gardner or María Félix, of course) but there is nothing like our own IMAGINATION and Hitchcock new it.

In this case I'm afraid they didn't know that.

The movie is too noisy with screams and shouting and crying and that goes on for too long with a hand held camera shaking your brains continuously by moving hysterically in all directions at once, making the watching very fatiguing. But it isn't such a horrendous film as so many critics said in their reviews. I don't have the heart to recommend it, I'll leave it up to you.

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