Flight of the Living Dead

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Flight of the Living Dead
Planedead.jpg
Teaser poster for the film
Directed by Scott Thomas
Produced by David Shoshan
Written by Scott Thomas
Mark Onspaugh
Sidney Iwanter
Starring David Chisum
Kristen Kerr
Kevin J. O'Connor
Derek Webster
Dale Midkiff
Erick Avari
Richard Tyson
Distributed by Imageworks Entertainment
Pacific Entertainment Group

Flight of the Living Dead is a 2007 direct-to-video zombie film by director Scott Thomas playing off the concept of the 2006 film Snakes on a Plane, but obviously, instead of snakes harassing passengers, a modified form of malaria turns passengers into zombies. Thomas co-wrote the screenplay with Mark Onspaugh and Sidney Iwanter. The film was originally titled Plane Dead, but the title was changed at Montreal's 2007 Fantasia Festival screening. In spite of a successful screening there and at other festivals, the film did not gain a commercial release and was issued directly to DVD in unrated form.

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On a routine flight from Los Angeles to Paris, a renegade group of scientists have smuggled aboard a secret container holding a fellow scientist infected with a deadly genetically engineered virus which reanimates the dead. The virus is said to be a variant of the "malaria virus." They discovered and manufactured the virus with the intent of turning it into a biological weapon. Their goal was to produce "super soldiers" who could continue fighting in the harshest conditions, including being mortally wounded or under heavy enemy fire. The virus has to be transmitted through bodily fluids. The infected have superhuman abilities, including sprinting and leaping beyond human capabilities. The zombies also become very durable, as one survived being turned into partial mulch after being chucked into an airplane engine.

The 747 jumbo jet encounters massive thunderstorms, and the violent motions from turbulence releases one of the infected scientists from its cargo hold. At first, the scientist that emerged from her storage appears normal, though she has no idea where she is. Screen flashes of blood and germs indicate her succumbing to the mutated strain. The box she was in was apparantley kept at low temperatures to keep her in stasis and to quell the more powerful malaria. She spots a scientist, who lost his leg after heavy boxes landed on him, severing one leg. She pleads with him to ask where she is, only to be shot by the wounded scientist. Two of the scientists go below to ascertain if the container has been damaged by the turbulence, along with a flight crewman. They are subsequently ambushed by the lady (she would be considered Patient Zero) and a now infected scientist. The zombies then manage to break into the passenger hold, starting a zombie outbreak. The uninfected passengers must fight for survival aboard the flight. No government will allow the infected airliner to land, leaving the survivors stranded in the sky with their ravenous tormentors. Billy, his wife Anna, Burrows, Frank, Paul, and Megan, a stewardess aboard the plane, are all that are left of the uninfected. They must make their way to the cockpit and signal a fighter jet behind them that there are still living people aboard the 747 or the fighter will destroy them with a homing missile strike. After managing to get a MP5K machine gun from a dead guard, Burrows, Frank and Billy make their way from the tail of the plane to the cockpit, while the couple stay behind. Billy is bitten but manages to kill some of the undead passengers before the virus takes hold of him. When Anna comes to help Billy, she gets bitten but kills a zombie by thrusting an umbrella into its mouth. The zombies then attempt to overrun them, but Billy opens the emergency exit and most of the infected get sucked out.

Frank and Burrows make it to the cockpit where Frank kills the zombie copilot and pilot, and the two of them try to get the plane off autopilot and signal the fighter which fires at them. They are ultimately successful and waggle the plane's wings, alerting the fighter. The fighter pilot hits the abort key and the missile explodes away from the 747, but close enough to the plane to open a hole in the side. All the zombies are apparently sucked out. Frank and Burrows try to control the plane, but hit a mountain and crash land near Las Vegas, Nevada.

As the survivors walk toward the city, apparently some of the zombies also survived the crash, and they lurch toward the city as well.

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