The Horror at 37,000 Feet

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The Horror at 37,000 Feet
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Written byRonald Austin
James D. Buchanan
Directed byDavid Lowell Rich
Music byMorton Stevens
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducerAnthony Wilson
CinematographyEarl Rath
EditorBud S. Isaacs
Running time73 minutes
Production companyCBS
Original networkCBS
Original release
  • February 13, 1973 (1973-02-13)

The Horror at 37,000 Feet is a 1973 American made-for-television horror film directed by David Lowell Rich.[1] The film first aired on CBS on February 13, 1973. In the movie, demonic forces terrorize the passengers on a Boeing 747 en route from London to New York.[2]


On a Boeing 747 flight from London to New York 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, seeking revenge for 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, Los Angeles, 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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