A chick gets her pilot’s license so she takes some friends on a joyride in a small airplane. Her controls get jammed and the plane becomes stuck in a massive storm front. Further complicating matters is the appearance of a giant octopus type monster who’s just waiting in the clouds to gobble up the passengers.
The main pilot chick is mega-foxy and gives a good enough performance to make you wish she was in a better movie. Her Final Girl is a decent one, but all the other stock horror movie characters (The Asshole Jock, The Comic Book Nerd, The Twat That Films Everything, etc.) are annoying as Hell. You know you’re in trouble when twenty minutes into the movie you’re already hoping these idiots pull a Big Bopper.
I don’t know, 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. There’s even an idiotic plot twist that would be right at home in a horror anthology. In fact, the twist is one of the shittiest aspects of the film. (Imagine if someone combined the last two episodes of The Twilight Zone: The Movie and that should give you an idea of what to expect.) It’s one of the instances where the flick might’ve worked if it was just a straight-up monster movie. Having the additional twist at the end actually kinda junks everything up.
Bottom Line: Altitude gets low marks.