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Flight of Fear – Terror at high altitude, the review: ghosts in flight

Flight of Fear - Terror at high altitude, the review: ghosts in flight

The review of Flight of Fear – Terror at high altitude, a low-budget film produced by Asylum set aboard a plane haunted by ghosts in search of revenge.

Flight of Fear - Terror at high altitude, the review: ghosts in flight

A scheduled flight from Los Angeles to New York is subject to a series of disturbing turbulence and strange phenomena soon begin to affect the passengers: from those who are victims of panic attacks to those who hear voices in earphones, up to those who he still believes he saw female figures suspended in the air outside the window.

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Flight of Fear – Terror at high altitude: a scene from the film

As we tell you in the review of Flight of Fear – High-flying terror, as the journey progresses, the events multiply and soon even the crew and the pilots realize that something is wrong; furthermore the vehicle has lost all radio contact and it is impossible to communicate with the nearest airport. Soon the unfortunate protagonists will discover with horror that the flight is stormed by a horde of restless spirits, restless souls of young women, brutally killed by a serial killer who is right there on board among them.

Everything and more

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Flight of Fear – Terror at high altitude: a shot from the film

By now we have also seen them all on board planes: from snakes to Snakes on a Plane (2006) to the living dead of World War Z (2013), even the statistically safest medium in the world is not free from phenomena, supernatural or otherwise, attributable to the horror universe. Certainly the ghosts could not be missing and Flight of Fear – High-flying terror fits right into this particular sub-strand, following in the footsteps of other titles such as the Volo 7500 (2014) by Takashi Shimizu. This time, however, we do not find one of the masters of j-horror behind the camera, but a modest tradesman – born editor – such as Rob Pallatina, who in the pipeline can boast z-movies that are nothing short of improbable such as Alien Convergence (2017) e Nazi Overlord (2018). It is no coincidence that the ever-active The Asylum, the well-known production house behind the saga, is producing Sharknado and the many low-cost mockbusters that ape the themed blockbusters. In this case we are faced with a story in original theory which, however, does nothing but take ideas here and there, setting everything in a limited and hypothetically claustrophobic space, which on paper should have lived on a tensile crescendo.

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Fly, oh oh

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Flight of Fear – Terror at high altitude: a moment of the film

It is a pity that already from the first minutes we understand the narrative paucity of an operation that mechanically introduces the background of the numerous main characters, of whom we learn more through dialogues between couples or between seatmates: thus the young engaged couples, the sky marshall (or the policemen who operate undercover on commercial flights), the problematic individual, the courageous stewardess and so on, in a crescendo of clichés which then also affects the management of relations between the aforementioned. The screenplay is in fact destined to trigger increasingly forced and improbable dynamics, between those who are ready to take the situation in hand with the classic macho man attitude to those who cannot handle the tension and give in to moments of panic, becoming a potential danger to themselves and others. The group of protagonists does not work and as in the most typical of slasher their fate soon ends up caring little or nothing for the viewer.

Fear comes flying

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Flight of Fear – Terror at high altitude: a scene from the horror movie

The horror dynamics they faithfully follow the path of the most obvious jump-scares, between sudden appearances and stylistic solutions seen and revised, plus some sorties that risk falling into involuntary ridicule: the spirits that hang suspended on the sides of the plane are something mockingly grotesque. That the supernatural presences are looking for those who have hurt them can already be guessed through the prologue during the opening credits, which shows us a series of crimes committed by the actual villain, whose identity will be revealed in the final stages and will further the safety of the flight is at risk, up to that final emergency landing – made like the rest of the “aerial” shots with more than mediocre special effects – which brings the film to an abrupt end.


A scheduled flight is the scene of increasingly frightening and disturbing phenomena and soon the unfortunate passengers discover that they are haunted by the restless spirits of some young women, killed by an unsuspecting serial killer who is on board. As we told you in the review of Flight of Fear – Terror at high altitude, we are faced with a z-series horror produced by the always very active Asylum, specialized in low-budget and zero-inventive productions which – except for very rare more successful exceptions – grotesquely ape classics of the genre. In this case a plane haunted by ghosts gives way to involuntary ridicule in ninety minutes where fear and tension rely on overused and stereotyped solutions, looking at post-2000 horror cinema without a minimum of inventiveness.

Because we like it

  • Some involuntary laughter.

What’s wrong

  • The film is an Asylum production and as often happens this is synonymous with poor quality.
  • An improbable staging that clumsily mentions now archetypal solutions in the management of jump-scare and tensive sorties.
  • The script falls into ridicule on several occasions and the one-dimensional characterization of the characters doesn’t help.