Steven Seagull wrestles with rakes and the dialogue at 30,000 ft in the new film from Director Mac M. Badd.
Rakes on a Plane turns the airplane disaster movie genre on its head and mixes it in with the soil of Plan 9 From Outer Space. It is the latest in a long line of films from Director Badd that went straight to video including: Zombie Piranhas, Abraham Lincoln: Baseball Player and The Day the Earth Moved Slowly starring Keeannee Akt.
Seagull's character is tormented by inner turmoil. As a landscape Gardener, his life is changed forever when he drops a rake from the top of a New York penthouse. Three people are killed as a result, and consequently he develops Rakeophobia.
He finds himself on a flight from eastern Europe to the USA after a failed attempt at a new career teaching horticulture to under privileged farmers. In the cargo hold of the plane, a consignment of used rakes shakes loose and damages the electrical system. The co pilot tries to fix the problem, but in the darkened hold he steps on the head of a rake causing the handle to smack him in the head, knocking him out.
A call is sent out to anyone on the plane who knows how to handle rakes. Seagull suffers from flashbacks, but after five minutes we see him stripped to the waste heroically dealing with the situation. He must contend with deadly rakes, including the Croatian wide-headed rake soaked in weed-killer, and the rusty tetanus-inflicting variety.
The success of the film hinges on Seagull's ability to communicate the emotional roller-coaster he experiences. Needless to say, in its first week, the film has grossed one hundred Dollars. Director Badd feels that his film explores the deepest fears humans have of things that are long, slender and potentially lethal.
Obviously, none of the actors have been nominated for an Oscar, but one of the rakes has been put forward for best supporting prop.