Area 407: Hollywood's latest scary movie

One of Hollywood's most terrifying new films, Area 407, features footage that feels too real for reality and too disturbing for fiction. This footage captured by two passengers on an airline flight from New York to Los Angeles spans the hours of one night until the next early morning. Boarding the plane on New Years Eve, two teenage sisters begin there impromptu filming of themselves and their fellow travelers. Unknown to them as well as the other passengers this flight is doomed from the outset.

After taking off and soon celebrating the arrival of the new year the passengers are soon sent into shock and alarm as the plane experiences severe turbulence. The relentless weather attack causes panic and terror amongst the passengers until the plane ultimately crashes in a remote government-testing reserve. The filming of this incident and further events that ensue should not be taken lightly or viewed by the faint of heart. It is both engaging and harrowing as well as extremely disturbing.

Soon after the crash the passengers take quick account of the few among them that remain alive, while also awaiting for the assumed rescue that should be minutes away. However, this does not occur. The survivors, bloody and disoriented, are then insistently pursued in the darkness by unknown predators that, unbeknownst to them, are part of the government's top-secret Mesa Experiment. The group of individuals that are among them are diverse and struggle with a common plan to move forward with and stay alive. Without warning deaths occur and lead each person to assess what they can possibly do to evade such a lethal threat.

As soon as plans can be hatched they are just as quickly thrown away. The few passengers who are left are forced to flee to various parts of their wild surroundings where they find shelter in abandoned structures. These structures turn out little help as they are assaulted with violent attacks from the outside. Soon help can be seen coming, but with events that turn for the worse this group once again finds themselves helpless and alone. Running through the dark and being trailed by something that cannot be fully seen, these survivors do the only thing they can, try to stay alive.

However, in the following events that come they experience great loss and sadness coupled only with the bleak realization that they may not survive the night. Reacting as most would in this situation each one of them tries to support the other, while of course others are not as well equipped to deal with such events. Handling moments and situations that occur on the edge of human experience this film takes moviegoers on a whirlwind ride, with a twist ending that will leave you breathless, shocked, and terrified. A haunting film that should be prepared for before viewing.


Movie review
Mark Kaplan
Hollywood's Best Film Directors

In the grand tradition of all great horror classics, Area 407: The Mesa Reserve Incident starts out ponderously normal and then like a bolt out of the blue, steadily scares the bejesus out of you. Honestly, what's more frightening than being on a routine flight home when your seemingly safe transport hits some really bad turbulence and instead of quickly calming down like it usually does, it just keeps getting worse and worse until the plane literally starts falling out of the sky? And that's just in the first few minutes of the movie.

The film uses the technique of handheld "found footage" made famous by Paranormal Activity, Cloverfield and The Blair Witch Project, which craftily adds to the heightened sense of impending doom. Taped mostly by Tricia (Abigail Schrader), and her older sister Jess (Samantha Lester) the movie begins by capturing every passenger and mundane moment of a seemingly routine flight home to Los Angeles on New Years Eve, that is, until the aforementioned turbulence and subsequent crash into a nightscape of unspeakable terror, taking the viewer on a roller coaster ride into hell.

The well written screenplay is performed quite admirably by a cast of new faces who quickly distinguish themselves with seemingly improvisational yet totally authentic performances. And without giving away any details, the story reveals how a group of strangers rely on each other for survival under extraordinary and horrifying circumstances. Some characters surprise us with their actions, while others don't. The fun is in trying to figure out who will do what and who will die when. And yes, lest we forget, the story does include the requisite, ravenous but barely seen monster, that is slowly killing off the remaining survivors, culminating in a shock ending that will jump you out of your seat.

Tape 407: The Mesa Reserve Incident may not win over any Academy Awards voters, but it should win over a satisfied following that will be glad they paid the price of admission.




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