Dir. Kaare Andrews
Reviewed by Matt Adcock
“Keep an eye out…”
Ladies and gentlemen please fasten your seat belts and prepare for some rough air – thing are going to get a little hairy for the next hour and a half…
Altitude - the debut feature from award-winning comic book writer and illustrator Kaare Andews (The Incredible Hulk; Ultimate X-Men; Amazing Spider-Man), is a supernatural thriller that puts several hot teens in some serious aerial danger. Altitude features "90210" star Jessica Lowndes (The Haunting Of Molly Hartley) who heads the cast of up-and-coming young talent that includes Julianna Guill (Friday The 13th), Ryan Donowho (The O.C.), Landon Liboiron (Life Unexpected) and Jake Weary (As The World Turns).
"Boldly going where no teens have gone before..."It’s hard to sum Altitude up in mere words – maybe you should watch the UK trailer before reading on:
The plot sees rookie pilot Sara (Lowndes) taking to the sky with some pals, only to lose control of the plane as they hit some freak weather. And when I say ‘freak’ I mean a diabolic storm that is home to a strange, angry and homicidal malevolent creature. It’s a clever play on the fear of flying mixed with a huge Lovecraft-esq tentacle spouting beastie.
For maximum enjoyment, don’t try to think too much about the plot – just sit back and lap up the teenagers in peril suspense which is nicely worked. Altitude has been likened to Donnie Darko or Twilight Zone which isn’t entirely unfair – it’s a movie that takes the themes of fear and the power of the imagination to terrifying new ‘heights’.
"The plane hits some WTF is that turbulence"
The DVD comes packing some decent Special Features too which include: audio commentary by director Kaare Andrews; Altitude: Behind The Scenes; Green Storm featurette; original concept gallery; trailer; 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 Dolby audio options.
Overall Altitude is a confirmed cult classic B-movie horror that delights whist you watch it and is forgotten the seconds the credits roll.
Out of a potential 5 you have to go with a Darkmatters:
(3 - solid airborne horror hokum)...