Non-Stop Terror: 7 Movies That Amped Up Our Fear Of Flying
By our count, thrillers work best when they lock into a deeply held primal fear, like that of the unknown or of society thrown into chaos. The new Liam Neeson vehicle Non-Stop taps into both of these terrors while targeting one more: fear of flying.
I've written before about how horror movies have shaped my real-life fears. But for the release of Non-Stop, a mystery thriller set sky high on an international flight hijacked by an unknown terrorist, the Cinema Blend staff conferred on which plane-set movies have elevated our fear of flying. From tales of passengers gone wild to harrowing survival stories and paranoia-fueled plot twists, we break down the movies that messed with our heads and have us feeling less safe on flights than ever before.
Non-StopIt's not just the inspiration for our list; this in-flight thriller has definitely earned a spot on it. Liam Neeson stars as an Air Marshal who has grown weary of his job, but must muster fresh courage when a mysterious text message announces a terrorist plot demanding a fat ransom in exchange for the safety of all passengers on board. With a ticking clock counting down to the first threat of murder, this Air Marshal must make split-second decisions on who to trust and who to fear.
How It Traumatized Us: The threat of terrorism is still a horrifying thought when boarding a plane. With all the increased safety measures put in place nowadays, it's one that is impossible to forget. But Non-Stop pumps our pulse even harder by presenting an alcoholic Air Marshal who might not be up to the job of saving the day.
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