The Horror at 37,000 Feet

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The Horror at 37,000 Feet
The Horror at 37,000 Feet (1973).jpg
Genre Horror
Written by Ronald Austin
James D. Buchanan
Directed by David Lowell Rich
Starring Chuck Connors
William Shatner
Buddy Ebsen
Roy Thinnes
Jane Merrow
Russell Johnson
Tammy Grimes
Music by Morton Stevens
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Anthony Wilson
Cinematography Earl Rath
Editor(s) Bud S. Isaacs
Running time 73 minutes
Production company(s) CBS
Distributor CBS
Original network CBS
Original release
  • February 13, 1973 (1973-02-13)

The Horror at 37,000 Feet is an American horror television movie made for CBS Television by David Lowell Rich.[1] The film first aired in 1973. In the movie, demonic forces terrorize the passengers on a Boeing 747 en route from London to New York.[2]

William Shatner, who 10 years earlier had starred in the Twilight Zone episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," plays the lead role.


On a Boeing 747 flight from London to Los Angeles piloted by Captain Ernie Slade (Chuck Connors), a wealthy architect (Roy Thinnes) and his wife (Jane Merrow) have placed a druid sacrificial altar in the baggage hold of the airliner. Aboard for the ill-fated trip is ex-priest Paul Kovalik (William Shatner) and millionaire Glenn Farlee (Buddy Ebsen). Soon after takeoff, crew and passengers alike face the supernatural horror that is unleashed from the baggage compartment – the ghosts of the druids, that are seeking revenge from being uprooted from their ancient home.



The Horror at 37,000 Feet was entirely shot on sound stages at the CBS Studio Center, Studio City, California.[3]


In a later review, critic Richard Scheib commented: "The Horror at 37,000 Feet is a silly film, although to its credit it and most of the principals do maintain a degree of intent gravity and at least treat the exercise seriously."[4]

Shatner described his character's demise in the movie as one of his "unique ways" of dying: "I get sucked out of an airplane while carrying a lit torch into the airliner's baggage compartment to try to confront a druid ghost." According to Shatner, many of his fans consider the movie the worst film in which he has ever appeared.[5]



  1. ^ Roberts 2009, p. 475.
  2. ^ Young 2000, p. 285.
  3. ^ "Details: 'The Horror at 37,000 Feet'." IMDb. Retrieved: March 26, 2015.
  4. ^ Scheib, Richard. "Review: 'The Horror at 37,000 Feet'." Moria. Retrieved: March 26, 2015.
  5. ^ Shatner and Fisher 2009, pp. 167–168.


  • Roberts, Jerry. Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-81086-138-1.
  • Shatner, William and David Fisher. Up Till Now: The Autobiography. New York: MacMillan, 2009. ISBN 978-0-312-56163-5.
  • Young, R.G. The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film: Ali Baba to Zombies. Winona, Minnesota: Hal Leonard Corporation, 2000. ISBN 978-1-55783-269-6.

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