Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane
La donna, liberata dalla prigione di ghiaccio dagli scossoni di una turbolenza, diffonderà, a colpi di morsi sul collo, il micidiale morbo tra i passeggeri, creando in breve tempo lo scompiglio generale. Scompiglio che permette al regista di sbizzarrirsi in citazioni e rimandi al genere, in particolare ad Alien (lunghe passeggiate nei condotti dell'aria) a Phantasm e The Evil Dead (il mostro che esce dallo specchio del bagno) fino a Re-Animator e tutto l'immaginario del cinema horror degli ultimi 20 anni. Effetti digitali misti a grondanti spruzzate di sangue, orgiastici banchetti cannibaleschi e sparatorie a go-go insaporiscono il tutto dando vita ad uno spettacolo senza pretese che qua e là regala anche qualche spavento. Se non avete paura di volare probabilmente non salterete sulla sedia in questo piccolo inferno ad alta quota, ma di questi tempi è sempre molto difficile rimanere seduti con le cinture allacciate.
English Translation (a cura di Umberto Ceccarelli)
The tragedy of September 11 th 2001 has left a mark in contemporary American cinema giving life to new restlessness and new fears among which above all stands out the claustrophobic terror to find oneself inside an airplane in flight among undesirable and especially among deadly guests, obvious personification of the terrorists that provoked the dramatic accidents of that awful day.
One of the most representative documents of high altitude phobia is that beautiful masterpiece entitled United 93 by Peter Greengrass, exceptional docu-fiction about the tragic events occurred in the last hijacked flight, the only one that missed the target thanks to the courage of the passengers. Among the horror genre filmography this story seems to have better interpreted the new terrors generated by the American tragedy, creating monsters that stir in the narrow cabin of an airplane, turning the nightmare of the terrorist into something more spine-chilling, like the snakes of the recent Snakes on the plane" and, last in chronological sense, like the infected zombies of "Plane dead", pure B movie directed by Scott Thomas.
In this movie the aircraft contained a bit of everything, from the series of Airport of the seventies up to the most recent viral aberrations of "28 days later"; Thomas suits the George A. Romero style zombie movie to the catastrophic cinema quoting abundantly the classical examples of the genre. On the flight Los Angeles - Paris we find a heterogeneous group of characters: from the three of a kind nice-looking and dumb hostesses, to the consipiring group of louts, the heroic police officers accompanied by the handcuffed criminal (that will eventually turn into the hero), nuns, vigilantes, scientists and coloured sportsmen. Unfortunately for them there is also a box where 3 scientists are transporting the body of a scientist infected by a genetically modified virus, a virus capable of turning the dead alive.
The woman, freed from the ice jail by the jolts of a turbulence, will spread the deadly disease among the passengers biting them on the neck and creating shortly a general situation of panic. This confusion will allow the director to improvise quotations and cross-references to the genre, particularly to Alien (long promenades into the air-ducts) to Phantasm and The Evil Dead (the monster that comes out of the bath mirror) up to Re-Animator and the whole imaginary of horror cinema of the last 20 years. Digital effects mixed with dripping sprinkles of blood, orgiastic cannibalistic banquets and abundant shootings give some taste to the dish giving life to an unpretentious show that by chance sometimes even frightens you. If you are not scared of flying you won't probably jump on the chair in this little high altitude hell, but these times it is often difficult to remain seated with the seat belts strapped."