Event Horizon (1997) reviews

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Event Horizon is a 1997 science fiction horror feature film directed by Paul W. S. Anderson (Resident Evil franchise) from a screenplay written by Philip Eisner (with an uncredited rewrite by Andrew Kevin Walker).

The movie stars Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill (Possession, The Final Conflict, In the Mouth of Madness), Kathleen Quinlan and Joely Richardson.

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Despite being #1 at the box office in the UK, it was a box office flop, only recouping $26.6 million of its estimated $60 million budget. However, the movie went on to find a second life on VHS, DVD and TV and has since become a cult classic.

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Plot:

2047: A crew of astronauts are sent on a rescue mission, after a missing spaceship, the Event Horizon, spontaneously appears in orbit around Neptune. Searching the ship for signs of life, the rescue crew learns that the Event Horizon was a testbed for an experimental engine that opened a rift in the space-time continuum and left our universe entirely, allowing a malevolent entity to possess the ship…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“The best thing about this admittedly derivative movie is that it’s just so damn nasty. Little or no time is spent on things like “comic relief” and the result is a movie that becomes more unnerving as it continues. And although Event Horizon certainly seems “inspired” by countless other sci-fi or horror flicks, it also succeeds in carving out a little niche for itself as well.” eFilmCritic

” …the film goes bad once the S&R team arrives at Neptune, degenerating into a schlocky, unnecessarily gory, boring horror flick.” Flick Filosopher

“So, OK, where did the ship go for seven years, and what happened while it was there? Why is the original crew all dead? Unfortunately, “Event Horizon” is not the movie to answer these questions. It’s all style, climax and special effects. The rules change with every scene.” Roger Ebert

“If you want to have that Event Horizon experience without spending the seven bucks, try this instead: Put a bucket on your head. Have a loved one beat on it vigorously with a wrench for 100 minutes. Same difference, and think of the gas you’ll save.” The Washington Post

Deleted scenes:

In August 2013, stills from deleted scenes were published online. Here is a selection:

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