The Horror at 37,000 Feet
The Horror at 37,000 Feet is a 1973 American made-for-television horror film directed by David Lowell Rich. 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.
|The Horror at 37,000 Feet|
|Written by||Ronald Austin|
James D. Buchanan
|Directed by||David Lowell Rich|
|Music by||Morton Stevens|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Editor(s)||Bud S. Isaacs|
|Running time||73 minutes|
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 from being uprooted from their ancient home.
- Chuck Connors as Captain Ernie Slade
- Buddy Ebsen as Glenn Farlee
- William Shatner as Paul Kovalik
- Roy Thinnes as Alan O'Neill
- Jane Merrow as Sheila O'Neill
- Tammy Grimes as Mrs. Pinder
- Lynn Loring as Manya
- Paul Winfield as Dr. Enkalla
- France Nuyen as Annalik
- Will Hutchins as Steve Holcomb
- Darleen Carr as Margot
- Russell Johnson as Jim Hawley
- H. M. Wynant as Frank Driscoll
- Mia Bendixsen as Jodi
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."
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.
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