The Horror at 37,000 Feet

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The Horror at 37,000 Feet
The Horror at 37,000 Feet (1973).jpg
Directed by David Lowell Rich
Produced by Anthony Wilson
Written by Ronald Austin
James D. Buchanan
Starring Chuck Connors
William Shatner
Buddy Ebsen
Roy Thinnes
Jane Merrow
Russell Johnson
Tammy Grimes
Music by Morton Stevens
Cinematography Earl Rath
Edited by Bud S. Isaacs
Distributed by CBS
Release dates
  • February 13, 1973 (1973-02-13)
Running time
73 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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. 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 Shatner movie ever.[3]


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, Culver City, California.[4]


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."[5]



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


  • 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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