Event Horizon (1997)
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Critic Reviews for Event Horizon
A misunderstood movie I loved on release and am thoroughly enjoying being smug about, now the rest of the world has realised its grave error. Tense and intensely frightening, though even after 20 years I have no idea what a baffle is.
For a movie this heavily compromised, Event Horizon remains the very best entry on Anderson's otherwise questionable filmography.
If I were a psychologist hired to analyze the people who made this, I would conclude that everyone involved needed to take their inner child out back and shoot it.
Where's the application form for the job where you get paid to rip off the lamer and more bombastic aspects of Barker, Kubrick and Scott? I'm sorry I missed that notice.
Eschewing the predictable plotting and happy endings of recent big-budget sci-fi productions, Event Horizon emerges as a truly twisted, nightmarish summer shocker.
Audience Reviews for Event Horizon
A great sci-fi horror flick (essentially a haunted house movie in space with a little bit of Hellraiser) that was sadly under-appreciated when it first came out. Paul W.S. Anderson (in a rare moment of creative inspiration) does a great job of keeping up a great tense atmosphere and the practical effects are superb (although instances of CGI in the movie are one of the few weak points). There are plenty of great tense sequences, effective jump scares, and absolutely messed-up imagery. The acting isn't too bad either, actually the quality of the acting goes a long way in selling the plot. Sam Niell and Laurence Fishburne really shine in this but the rest of the supporting cast are solid too, especially Sean Pertwee. If you love sci-fi and horror, then check it out!
A lousy and unimaginative mix of Solaris, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien, The Shining, Hellraiser and more - and if being a ragbag like this doesn't give you an idea of the disaster that could only come from it, the cheap, loud scares and Anderson's awful direction are definite proof.
Boo! In space. No, wait, it's all in yer mind. Oy. Disappointing.
Event Horizon Quotes
|Weir:||Captain, the ship is... saved!|
|Weir:||Hell is just a word. The reality is much worse.|
|Captain Miller:||You miss me, you blow out the hull.|
|Weir:||What makes you think I'll miss?|
|Captain Miller:||This place is a tomb!|