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EVENT HORIZON
1997 / Sci-Fi, Horror
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Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
Written by Philip Eisner
Starring Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan and Joely Richardson

A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned... with someone or something new on-board.

The following tags are associated with this movie: Outer Space, Entity
Event Horizon (1997)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

6 / 10
I'm not huge fan of science fiction, especially the type of stuff that takes place in outer space (with only a few exceptions). Since this movie takes place in outer space, it's not really a setting that excites me or that I typically enjoy, that's the bad part, at least for me. The good thing is, there is quite a bit of horror thrown into the mix. It's not enough to make it a great movie for me, but overall I had a decent time watching the movie.

The first third of the movie is intriguing, it started to drag in the middle for me but then has some exciting scenes toward the end. The effects overall are pretty good although it used a little too much CGI for my tastes even though I was expecting to see that because it is, after all, a futuristic space thriller.
Event Horizon (1997)
Review by Michael Mahoney

7 / 10
With a cast boasting Sam Neill (1981's The Final Conflict, 1994's In the Mouth of Madness, and one of my favorite non-horror films, Jurassic Park), Jason Isaacs (some of the Harry Potter films and 2016's A Cure for Wellness), Sean Pertwee (2002's Dog Soldiers, 2006's Wilderness, and Gotham), Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix), and Richard T. Jones (long-standing appearances on Judging Amy, a series I rather enjoyed), you would think that Event Horizon could do no wrong. Despite seeing it around three times now, though, I'm still not entirely sold on the film.

I like a lot of what the movie does, especially the psychological torture many of the main characters go through once coming on board the ship. The story is pretty interesting, and while there's not really that many freaky moments, the ones we get work out decently well.

My biggest problem has always been the split-second glimpse we get of the truly gruesome stuff. Sure, one of the characters has a very Hellraiser-esque death, but much of the brutality passes by the screen way too quickly to get a real hold on what we're seeing. In some ways, I appreciate that tactic, because while the audience clearly doesn't see everything, the characters do, allowing their frantic attempts to leave the ship to sort of bolster the feeling of terror the images cause. Even so, especially toward the end, I'd have liked a more clear-cut idea of this other universe, and we never really got that, and instead were teased with images we didn't get to see in full.

Otherwise, if you can ignore a bit of hideous CGI at times, Event Horizon has a decent amount going for it. Neill's not always the best actor here, but he is at least fun ("Where we're going, we won't need eyes to see"), and the inclusion of Isaacs, Pertwee, Fishburne, and Jones more than make up for that. The story is moderately fresh, and despite my issues, I really like a lot about the film. Because of the fact that there's still quite a bit left unanswered, though, I've never loved Event Horizon, and while it's not a bad film, I don't think it's really above average.
Event Horizon (1997)
Review by Alex Martel

6 / 10
Decently entertaining sci-fi horror story with good special effects that's neither as scary or disturbing as its reputation would lead you to believe. Still, I love its depiction of "Hell" and the the terrible things that the characters go through.

Worth a watch if you're into the genre.
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