Altitude (2010 film)

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Summary

"Fear is in the air." After a mysterious malfunction sends their small plane climbing out of control, a rookie pilot and her four teenage friends find themselves trapped in a deadly showdown with a supernatural force.

Details

  • Release Date: 2010
  • Country/Language: US/Canada, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery
  • Setting: Modern air (possibly Dreamlands)
  • Runtime: 1 hr 30 min
  • Starring: Jessica Lowndes, Julianna Guill, Ryan Donowho
  • Director: Kaare Andrews
  • Writer: Paul A. Birkett
  • Producer/Production Co: Escape Factory, Foundation Features, Téléfilm Canada
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • TVTropes: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)


Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Violence, Profanity, Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; could be a very loose adaptation)

In addition to a plot that seems to have been inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Weird story "The Horror of the Heights", and some Tentacle Monsters, some viewers might find the dream-logic the film apparently runs on to be vaguely "Lovecraftian".

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Michael Allen at 28 Days Later Analysis (6/10)(link) - "The darkness in lighting and the confinement of a small plane create an atmosphere of claustrophobia and tension. ... However, the constant infighting amongst the characters begins to drain. ... Altitude shows Andrews' potential for future releases, but like many of the Wright Brothers early projects, Altitude does not really get off the ground."
  • Marina Antunes at Quiet Earth (link) - "As bad as Altitude is, I canâ??t help but admire some aspects of the project. The cinematography is quite good as is the score... Besides that, there's little here to enjoy because the film takes itself so darn seriously for most of its running time, it doesn't even qualify as fun monster movie but rather a misguided attempt at a monster movie."
  • Matthew Lee at Screen Anarchy (link) - "Any genre production running with this kind of plot generally has two basic means of fleshing out their story. Either they concentrate on keeping the typical audience sated, eking out the budget on as many popcorn thrills and gory deaths as possible, or they try and develop the characters to the point people hope they'll make it out alive. Both are certainly possible, but Altitude can't even manage one. ... A mildly distasteful little misfire, Kaare Andrews' film is a waste of a good idea (not to mention moderate talent) that manages a couple of inspired moments but neither builds on nor properly exploits any of them."
  • Mitch Lovell at The Video Vacuum (1.5 Stars) (link) - "...maybe if the filmmakers took seventy minutes out of the middle and kept the first and last ten minutes, Altitude would’ve made for a lame episode of a bad horror anthology. As it is, it’s a feature length bore."
  • Todd Rigney at BeyondHolywooddotcom (link) - "...an interesting short film padded into a daunting 90-minute assault on your patience. What could have been a seriously insane excursion into Lovecraftian horror is effectively obliterated by writer Paul A. Birkett’s head-scratchingly awful script. The outrageous leaps in logic, not to mention the utter lack of common sense, are simply too much for anyone with half a functioning brain cell to handle."
  • Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (3.5/5 Stars) ([http://moria.co.nz/horror/altitude-2010.htm link}) - "Altitude could easily have gone the route of Snakes on a Plane (2006) in planting tongue in cheek and taking none of its monster on a plane idea seriously. Despite what must surely have been some pressure to do so, Kaare Andrews and Paul A. Birkett play the entire show in complete straight face. Everything has been streamlined towards the purpose of maintaining a gruelling level of suspense – the script is designed with the intention of compounding the situation in some way every few minutes."

Synopsis

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After a mysterious malfunction sends their small plane climbing out of control, a rookie pilot and her four teenage friends find themselves trapped in a deadly showdown with a supernatural force.


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

Associated Mythos Elements


Keeper Notes

  • An airplane or dirigible trip in the investigators' glob-trotting campaign is interrupted by strange tentacled horrors summoned from the "jungles" of the upper atmosphere by the cultists the investigators are pursuing....