Scott Thomas' FLIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (PLANE DEAD)

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Scott Thomas' Flight of the Living Dead (Plane Dead) is scheduled to have its U.K. première at Dead by Dawn in Edinburgh, Scotland on April 27th at around 10:30 p.m. (22:30), and to subsequently be screened there on April 29th at around 12:15 a.m. (00:15); Thomas is expected to attend the première. (Note: "Flight of the Living Dead" is the new title of the movie in question; "Plane Dead" was its original title.) It's scheduled to be screened at Sci-Fi-London in England on May 5th at 9:45 p.m. (21:45) and May 6th at 3:00 p.m. (15:00). It apparently is set to be screened at the Salento Fear Fest in Santa Maria di Leuca, Italy, which runs from May 24th to 30th. Peacock Films Pty. Ltd. plans to release it on DVD in Australia later this year; it has been rated ‘MA 15+' (classification number: 4073450E), with accompanying ‘strong horror violence, blood and gore' consumer advice, by the Classification Board of the Australian Government.

Distribution rights for Flight of the Living Dead are to be offered for sale by Imageworks Entertainment International Inc. at this year's Marché du Film in Cannes; the movie is scheduled to be screened at the Palais B on May 18th at 5:30 p.m. (17:30) and May 21st at 3:30 p.m. (15:30). It had what appears to have been its world première at the Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Film (BIFFF) on April 6th.

The screenplay for Flight of the Living Dead was written by Thomas, Mark Onspaugh, and Sidney Iwanter. The movie stars David Chisum as Truman Burrows, Kristen Kerr as Megan, Kevin J. O'Connor as Frank Strathmore, Derek Webster as William ‘Long Shot' Freeman, Raymond Barry as Capt. Bashore, Dale Midkiff as Dr. Lucas Thorp, Erick Avari as Leo Bennett, Richard Tyson as Paul Judd, Sarah Laine as Cara, Mieko Hillman as Stacy, Siena Goines as Anna Freeman, Laura Cayouette as Dr. Kelly Thorp, Todd Babcock as 1st Officer Randy Stafford, Brian Ames as Tony, Ashley Bashioum as Jackie, Brian Kolodziej as Peter, David Feldman as Porter, Heidi Marnhout as Emily, Tucker Smallwood as Col. Wolff, David Spielberg as Dr. Conroy, Cliff Weissman as Dr. Sebastian, Michael Tomlinson as Madison, Ingrid Raines as Tammy, Claudia Katz as the nun, Eric Price as Ted, and Rick Murken as the fighter pilot.

Here's a description of Flight of the Living Dead from the BIFFF website: "A routine flight travels from L.A. to Paris. A renegade scientist, on the run from the CIA, has smuggled a coffin onboard containing the body of a scientist infected with a deadly genetically-engineered virus. The 747 jumbo jet collides with two massive thunderstorms at once, which drops it into the eye of an inescapable tempest. The non-stop turbulence triggers the release of the infected flesh-eating scientist from the cargo hold. A life-and-death battle ensues as the virus turns the unsuspecting passengers into the undead, and the terrified uninfected try to survive the flight they wish they had missed. No government will allow the 747 to land. Stranded in the air, the passengers have no place to hide from their ravenous tormentors. ¶ Plane Dead is a special-effects-packed sci-fi horror action thriller that will make you forget about those muthafuckin' snakes on that other muthafuckin' plane. The movie was in development long before the much-hyped Snakes on a Plane, and actually manages to topple that film in glorious B-movie madness. It's a faster, campier, and more entertaining ride that manages to cram the maximum of scares, gags, and horror in its minimal budget. The undead are of the fast-moving kind, and they search every nook and cranny of the plane to catch their prey. And with a cast consisting of several mad doctors, brain-dead teens, a screaming nun, and great character actors like Richard Tyson (Black Hawk Down, There's Something About Mary) and Kevin J. O'Connor (The Mummy, Van Helsing), Plane Dead is guaranteed pure midnight movie bliss. ¶ Scott Thomas debuted with the action-packed Silent Assassins in 1988. He worked as a producer for television series like X-Men and One West Waikiki. He's also known for the deranged thriller Anacardium. Plane Dead is his latest feature."

For more information on Flight of the Living Dead, see Twitch's fourth, third, second, and first articles on it.

Flight of the Living Dead theatrical trailer (downloadable 5.1 MB WMV file)

Flight of the Living Dead pre-production teaser trailer (downloadable 2 MB WMV file)
Flight of the Living Dead official website
Sci-Fi-London: Flight of the Living Dead
OFLC: Flight of the Living Dead DVD

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