I think a lot people have seen the mash-ups on Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms where they are Halloween/Friday the 13th or Aliens/The Thing or Nightmare on Elm Street/The Amityville Horror, now interesting concepts often resulting fan made productions, however this time imagine The Exorcist  takes a flight from Airport (70s disaster movie) and while The Horror at 37,000 Feet  breakout with themed music of the comedic classic Airplane (1980) plays in the background. Director Chad Ferrin delivers plenty of dull jokes and even sliding into the offensive nature, but not lewd like George Carlin or insanely brutal that of Lewis Black, this often finds itself on or below the depth of Andrew Dice Clay. The plot is tissue paper thin, with many horror icons making the strangest cameo appearances since Hell’s Kitty , all coming from the production company of Girls and Corpses (yep, the magazine of the same name) and found distribution from Shout! Factory in every form possible. This outrageous weird flick (not meant in a positive sense), earned two awards, they were for the Best Actor Robert Miano and Best Comedy Actress for Bai Ling from the 2019 Hollywood Horrorfest.
The opening sequences is a take-off from The Exorcist, with Father Romero (Robert Miano (The Deep Ones )) who arrives at the home of a massacre and heads to a bedroom to encounter a demonic Garvan, a Vietnam Vet (Bill Moseley (Charlie’s Farm )) and without warning or biblical references shoots him in the head. Notably to some this is an original thought of taking care of business mentality committed to screen, sorry to disappoint it’s been done before, in quite a few films. He then takes the body and boards the plane heading for Vietnam, the reasoning is unimportant, it’s the passengers that one should focus their intrigue however that’s not very appealing either, plenty of gross individuals. The dear father’s seat-mate is Veronica (Jin N. Tonic) who constantly plays with a Ouija board, and rounding some of the passengers Ms Jenkins (Kelli Maroney (Chopping Mall )); Rabbi Feldman (Robert Rhine (Bus Party to Hell )); and one can’t forget Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog ), though I think she would like to omit this movie from her memory, alas she portrays Mrs. Montegue. As for the crew, Captain Houdee (pronounced Howdy) (Lance Henriksen (Harbinger Down )) and his co-pilot Buzz (Kevin O’Connor (Flight of the Living Dead )) and for the flight attendees Amanda (Bai Ling) and Thang (Matthew Moy) heavily and thoroughly humorless make shrieking Asian accents. As for that awful humor it follows sexual conquests, birthing techniques, and a recurring gag of a used tampon, I suppose someone saw Night of Something Strange . One can’t forget about the scene regarding the possession of the two nuns who turn into lesbians which is the worst interpretation of nunsploitation and then there’s Adrienne’s scene with her possessed dog which she has a so-called battle with – it’s just so fake. That’s the problem there was fuel for a cross between comedy mashed-up with horror, with character references to the disaster movies of the 70s and 80s but misses both the flight path and landing by miles.
The music is a clear remix of the Airplane theme, and the cinematography looks amazing well-done, however while one cannot fault the set design after all it’s plane cabin, there’s still something that feels off, perhaps the separation of passengers making it appear as a fuller flight. There truly is no need to do a ‘CinemaSins” of all the technical plot points, that sorely dismissed in the wake of entertainment, some criticize the possibility of flying at 60,000-feet, which was achieved by the Concorde, though that is a specially constructed airplane, general the flight level is 45,000-feet. Nevertheless, the special effects, are far from special, rather screaming cheap, and the average horror fan will likely find the exorcism of demonic forces quite laughable. The biggest offense committed in name of comedy, is a horrendous ‘coffee’ version of the legendary hilarious “Who’s on First” by the comedy team geniuses Abbott and Costello, ugh, very frustrating to watch and groan at the same time.
This flight and in fact whole notion, should have been grounded immediately, parodies are fine, as is homage however this is truly neither. The so-called comedy is lame, idiotic, and frankly quite offensive, many state it’s intended for teens, perhaps, but it does contains some horror icons more likely noted with older fans, it’s all too farcical to have a worthy entertainment value, avoid this wretched creation, do not board this flight.
- Forgiveness doesn’t always fly
- Flying can be hell
- It’s just plane wrong.
IMDb Rating: 4.2/10
Baron’s Rating: 3.0/10