Joe Dante Will Make You Afraid to Fly With ‘Air Disturbance’

Joe Dante

It should be a cause for celebration any time horror legend Joe Dante gets a chance to bring his unique blend of chills and chuckles to a new project. Over the course of his lengthy and awesome career this guy has brought us gems like The Howling, Gremlins, The ‘burbs, and Eerie, Indiana, and though he still stays busy keeping the horror love alive over at Trailers From Hell, it’s a shame that we haven’t been able to see more feature work from him over the last decade or so. Heck, his latest film, The Hole, sat on the shelf for three years before most of us even got the chance to watch it. That’s just not enough Joe Dante. The world cries out for more.

Good news! Ask and you shall receive. New Films Cinema has announced [via ComingSoon] that filming is scheduled to start soon on a new project they’ve put together for Dante called Air Disturbance. Taking place on a transcontinental flight between Los Angeles and Toronto, Air Disturbance tells the tale of a recently widowed man who must protect his children and the other passengers on a plane once the aircraft starts becoming affected by strange atmospheric phenomena.

The Lake House star Dylan Walsh is set to star as said man, and other prominent members of the cast of characters include the protagonist’s psychic girlfriend (who is yet to be cast), and a fanatical minister (who’s going to be played by Freddy F’n Krueger himself, Robert Englund) who believes that the phenomena affecting the plane are clearly signs from God.

As if traveling by air wasn’t nerve-racking and stress-inducing enough, now we’ll all have to have visuals of atmospheric storms and Robert Englund creepiness in the back of our heads the next time we fly. Thanks Joe Dante, for making life more interesting.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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