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Event Horizon is a sci-fi thriller with a young looking star cast that starts to question all we know about space and time, initially receiving average critical reviews but later becoming a cult success. I've seen it a few times, but really felt in the mood when it was on recently.
The film is set on board a rescue spaceship sent to recover a ship that contains the invention of genius Fr William Weir, a device that can bend space and time. It's fair to say that the opening half an hour or so where we get the background, introductions and see what happened to the ship's crew via a video are not the most convincing in terms of believing the concept, but then this is sci-fi and space travel, something so limited in reality but so extended by TV, film and literature. Leave your reality check at home here.
Once the crew reach their destination, strange things start happening: they start hallucinating, seeing and hearing things. Strange events that are inexplicable, the feeling that there's someone else around and someone is trying to sabotage them all. The film goes a long way to create a haunting atmosphere once the crew have touched down, the eerie music, dark tunnels and panicked events. The film takes a violent turn, with some shocking scenes that are quite disturbing, especially once some of the characters take on an almost possessed nature.
It's the hallucinations that are the trick, really, as it makes you start wondering what's real and what isn't, and this is where the cast come into play. Sam Neill plays Weir, and does a good job of the film's main protagonist - you're never really sure of his intentions on getting to the ship in the first place, and you start to see the lengths he'll go to in order to protect his invention. Heading up the ship's crew is Laurence Fishburne as Captain Miller, and he does a suitably good job for the majority of the film, playing the hero and trying his best to save his crew from inevitable doom once the bad things start happening.
Towards the end of the film I thought Fishburne started to dwindle a bit, but on reflection it's more to do with the film's ending than the acting as such. The two leads are, after all, supported by an impressive consisting of names such as Jason Isaacs, Sean Pertwee, Kathleen Quinlan and Joely Richardson. It's almost as if having these recognisable actors is too much for the film's plot, which largely forgets them apart from some violent scenes. People start dying, although the crew is larger than the list I've given above. No, the main reason it dwindles as opposed to finishing with a flair is the fact that the middle part of the film is so impressive that the ending just fails to meet up with this level.
I thought that the ending was fitting with the main story, but having to play up to a fast paced and often violent and hallucinatory story was always going to be a tricky one when it came to endings. The cast do an okay job, but it just falls short of fulfilling the promise that it offers throughout. I thought this was a marvellous film for the most part, riveting and quite disturbing. Good acting and direction with some impressive concepts and theories well transposed onto screen, but ultimately with a touch of disappointment at the end.
Event Horizon, a film with so much promise yet by it's conclusion you'll be left wanting so much more.
Directed by the brainchild of films such as Death Race, Resident Evil and Aliens vs Predator, Paul Anderson does his upmost to put together a believable sci-fi horror, and whilst it is mildly enjoyable at times, it fails to deliver on many counts. The initial thesis of Event sounds quite entertaining, a giant vessel capable of inter-stellar travel, installed inside is the 'Gravity Drive' invented by the resident Doctor William Weir. The Gravity Drive gives the ship the ability to bend time and travel millions of lightyears in but a blink of an eye; sadly as soon the film begins the script fails it. The science behind the Gravity Drive is far too simple, making the idea of bending time and space travel far fetched and unbelievable. At no point during Doctor Weirs thirty second description, of quite possibly the most high-tech invention possible to man, do you sit back and think to yourself "yes, I could believe that".
It swiftly moves forward and the crew begins to have visions at random intervals leading you to believe that the Event is 'alive'. The visions are bland and have no meaningful effect on the plot other than to add a bit of fill in to lengthen the movie and they're by no means well thought out either. You've got the standard list of 'death of a child', death of a wife' and not forgetting 'death of a previous crew member', and while you're sat their watching their nightmares playing out you start to count the seconds until one of the crew meets their untimely end.
The cast could be considered above average on first glance, but as the film progresses you care less and less about them. Sam Neill yet again puts in a stereotypical performance as Dr William Weir with lot's of grimacing and his trademark smirk after scooping his own eyes out. He does his best to act as thought the Event Horizon is his baby and even has the audacity to turn around and tell the crew that the Gravity Drive is 'perfectly safe' despite them all being subject to a rather horrific video of the Events previous crew.
Laurence Fishburne is drafted in as the unstoppable Cpt Miller, once again he wins no awards in producing his usual deep voiced, save the world and blame everyone else performance. He quite emphatically fails in the final few scenes were his acting leaves much to be desired and instead of rooting for the underdog and caring about his outcome in the film you start screaming for Dr Weir to hurry up and gauge Cpt Millers eyes out, better still, your own.
Kathleen Quinlan plays the caring Medic spooked by the ship, her visions and the fact that despite knowing her Daughter is long since dead, still frantically chases after her. The script doesn't ease you into thinking that she actually believes what's she's seeing, instead you simply watch on as the Daughter appears, a chase ensues and of course there is only one outcome. Joely Richardson is the First Mate and you will find yourself wondering where exactly she is for most of the film. For large portions of the movie she simply disappears and when she does appear she has no bearing on the plot and simply acts as the token blonde girl frantically trying to figure out what's going on. Jack Noseworthy is your run of the mill fire first, ask questions later, rookie. He's made out to be thick and once again you feel little sympathy when things start to go wrong for him. Richard T Jones plays the joker of the film, despite the fact he does little to raise the movies morale and simply sits in his suit screaming "damn I'm good". The only notable member of the cast is Sean Pertwee, his gruffled cockney accent is a nice addition to an otherwise very American Film. He gives the British someone to root for as the film goes on, and amazingly you do find yourself worrying about him when he starts getting into trouble. You actually believe the Lewis and Clark is his baby unlike Dr Weirs relationship with the Event.
Sadly the fact that many aspects of the voyage are unbelievable instantly discredits most every member of the crew onboard the Event Horizon. Case in point Dr Weir explaining that the Gravity Drive is perfectly safe to a crew, which a few moments ago were adamant something was seriously wrong. Yet when Dr Weir finishes they all seem quite happy to believe his every word and get on with having horrific visions and playing around inside a quite obviously doomed ship.
The one upside to the film is the atmosphere created inside the Event Horizon. As soon as it's thick metallic doors open your left looking in awe at the graphically perfect ship. When you first see the Gravity Drive you will shudder as you watch it's medieval like rings spin in perfect harmony around an almost archaic metallic ball. The medical center has that perfect claustrophobic feeling where you know when something goes wrong; there is nowhere to run for its doomed inhabitants. The upper deck despite looking big still feels cramped, its low ceilings, spooky lighting and the blood all over the walls just make for a very unpleasant scene. Even the little shards of metal here and there that look out of place and tatty make for a very evil looking ship. When the crew first walks down the ridiculously long mid section of the event horizon you will get some genuine chills running down your spine, sadly the film quite quickly thaws out and the scary atmosphere and spine tingling graphics do little to grab your attention.
Sadly Event Horizon starts brightly enough before quite emphatically careering into a black hole, sucking all imagination and excitement out of a film that could have had you screaming in terror. It sets off with you wanting to know where this ship has been these last seven years and then you'll find yourself being witness to a handful of random images, that put together, make absolutely no sense. Then on cue the great inventor loses his mind and starts trying to trap the remaining crew inside the Event Horizon. Don't worry though his demise comes swiftly, what's more it comes with no thought as you watch in disbelief as the great Dr Weir, the brainchild behind the worlds greatest invention willingly fires a harpoon straight through the window of a pressurised vessel. Anderson try's to leave a bit of a cliffhanger as you watch the ships door close on the next rescue team waking the current crew from cryo sleep. Unfortunately by this point you will have little or no emotion left for the next victims of the Event Horizon as you yourself have become one.
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Warning, potential plot spoiler!
I first saw Event Horizon in the cinema when it was released in 1997 however I recently watched the DVD for the first time in many years and had forgotten what a great movie this was.
Directed by Paul W.S Anderson, of Resident Evil and Alien Vs Predator fame and while it was number one at the UK box office upon release it didn't exactly set it alight and was more of a DVD success. The premise of the movie is simple, the year is 2047 and 7 years after one of the worst space disasters in history in which the exploration ship the Event Horizon vanished without a trace, with the ship and crew never to be seen again. Having received a garbled and particularly unnerving recorded distress signal from what appears to be the missing ship in orbit around Neptune, the rescue ship Lewis & Clark is sent to investigate, rescue and recover what it can.
On board is the engineer/designer of the Event Horizon, Dr William Weir (Sam Neil) who has been sent to inform the crew, led by Captain Miller (Lawrence Fishburne) of the true purpose of the Event Horizon, to create a black hole in space and travel to the far reaches or the galaxy, all information that was withheld from the public at the time.
The Event Horizon has clearly returned from wherever it went and what follows are the crew's efforts to recover what it can and establish what really happened on board the ship. It becomes clear when they decipher the distress signal and identify the Latin ravings of the Event Horizon Captain that all was not well aboard the ship.
It is at this point in the movie, the real terror kicks in, when the crew realise there isn't much to salvage and the crew of the Event Horizon seemed to have destroyed themselves in gruesome fashion. Forced to board the ship following an accident on the Lewis and Clark, the crew are isolated and confused. One by one the events take their toll on the recue mission and each crew member starts to hallucinate, gripped with the fear of not fully knowing what had previously happened on board. It soon become clear that the Event Horizon has been somewhere we could never imagine and brought back a force so sinister it is hard to contemplate.
There really are moments of pure terror in this movie which are more psychological than anything else. It is very easy to make someone jump during a movie, just make a loud noise or have a cat jump out in front of someone, but to truly make you feel unnerved by what you are watching is quite difficult.
This film pulls off the psychological fear very well and the flashbacks to what previously happened on board the Event Horizon are terrifying. Also, watching the mental deterioration of those on board this ship is very sinister indeed.
It isn't all serious however and there are moments of classic cheeseyness (please excuse the made up word!). They refer to Engineer Cooper as the "Funky Spaceman" while Captain Millers recollections of losing men in previous expeditions could have came straight out of Rambo.
Furthermore, the influences from previous science fiction movies are clear with moments that parallel, of not completely copy Alien and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The performances from the cast are reasonable however Sean Pertwee as Smith and Kathleen Quinlan as Peters are probably the most solid. Sometimes you do get the feeling that Sam Neil and Lawrence Fishburne are wondering what the heck they are doing there but as long as you aren't looking for Oscar winning performances, this shouldn't bother you too much.
If you like sci-fi, plenty of gore and some psychological suspense with some naff lines thrown in then this if definitely the movie for you. If you don't have high expectations, you might find that it will actually scare the pants off you.
Event Horizon is set in 2047 and is a futuristic horror/sci fi cult film starring Sam Neil and Lawrence Fishburn.
Sam Neil's character, Dr Weir, has designed a ship called the Event Horizon, or more specifically, the technology on it. It creates a black hole which bends space so that the ship can be at two points in space at the same time, making it appear that it is travelling faster than light when in fact it has hardly travelled at all. The ship was sent out to test this technology and went missing for a number of years. It is discovered to be orbiting Neptune and so Weir goes out on the Lewis and Clark, a rescue ship, which is captained by Lawrence Fishburn. Dr Weir and Captain Miller, along with the crew are played a recording once they get to the Event Horizon. It appeared to say the Latin for 'save me' along with a lot of screaming.
A group of the crew venture onto the Event Horizon and this is where things start to go wrong. The ship is a mess with what looks like flesh covering almost a whole wall. One of the crew enters the core, the part of the ship which lets them bend space, and this emits a shockwave which damages the Lewis and Clark, leaving them with only 20 hours of oxygen and so not long to fix it.
The crew start to seeing things, and discover that the Event Horizon previously travelled outside of the known universe. They see a log of the previous crew activating the gravity drive and then going mad, seeming to be pulling each other, and themselves, apart, with a Latin voice over of 'save yourself from hell'. As the crew of the Lewis and Clark become more effected by the Event Horizon they have less oxygen less and less time to escape from what could be a horrific fate.
This is a pretty good horror/sci fi, but time has definitely taken its toll, it was released in 1997 and this is obvious from the effects starting from the very beginning of the film. I really loved this film when it first came out, it's really creepy and unnerving, but compared to more modern horror it feels a bit lacking. However, it did make me think that we're really missing out on some good stuck in space themed horrors!
This film has a great cast. Along with Sam Neil and Lawrence Fishburn it also stars Joely Richardson. But I thought that the acting was kind of poor and rather transparent. Everyone plays what would be most obvious within their roles but none of them seem to have any depth. One of the crew is missing her son that she left at home. So she sees him running around the Event Horizon when she should be leaving it and following him leads her to her death. Well, I didn't see that one coming!
The story is ok, although it does feel like it could've been better. It's quite straight forward and simple. However, what they have done with it is quite good at times. I imagine that if the film was made now it would have a lot more gore and a lot more creative ways of killing people. Now that there are so many films like that I understand that it does get a bit boring. This isn't a 'how to kill people interestingly in space' type film, but that's because it lacks much interesting! I do like how everyone went a bit insane, but I like horror films, I feel like they need to be giving me something extra whereas film just gives you the expected.
Overall this isn't a bad 90s film but it leaved you wanting more. I did really like this when it came out, but that was a while ago now, and there are better films out there. It's creepy, there was maybe one bit I felt slightly uncomfortable watching, but that's not enough for me. I do feel like this is a film that everyone should give a go, at least watch once, but I wouldn't expect anyone to go out of their way for it.
Ohh, this film is just plain awesome and did you know, it's a cult film?
Not bad going for a film directed by Paul Anderson - don't forget he did that Mortal Kombat film as well as ruining other series and computer games. He does claim on the DVD that he turned down directing the X-Men movie (the Bryan Singer one) to direct this; fair enough, that X-men movie probably would have sucked more than X-Men 3.
This film was severely cut and edited to appeal more to the test audience - there was more gore, violence and general depravity like a bloody murderous orgy but thankfully this didn't go down the route of Alien 3 and get reduced to a pile of steaming horse apples. The half hour of footage that was excised would likely have made this the forerunner of the torture porn genre, although there is a brief view of some masochistic orgy if you look closely at the bit where the guys holding out his eyes ... that may just be wishful thinking though.
There's so much trivia associated with this movie that just listing it all will rather happily take up at least 400 words. I shan't bother with that though, like most of my movie review i skimp on movie details and make the recommendation that it gets watched some day.
Although, it appears that Dr Weir is supposed to be Australian ... Didn't come across quite that way though..
The gist of the plot is this; Dr Weir's wife has committed suicide, possibly due to his attentions being focused on building a space ship that can travel vast distances very quickly, he feels very guilty. His ship gets built and on the maiden flight, on the outer reaches of the solar system, it vanishes for a few years. The ship (loosely based on a cathedral) comes back and there's a message in latin. Dr Weir gets sent out have a look at the ship and find out what happened, he gets assigned to a emergency ship (like space coast guard rescue vessel) which is long due some time off, Captain Miller accepts the orders. Captain Miller feels guilty at a colleagues death. They all go off to the ship which is pretty much alive, they find out that the ship went to another dimension, baby bear gets sucked into the other dimension and essentially, cutting a long story short, the ship preys on their fears and really wants to take them all to the other dimension of pain and dodginess. The guiltless ones don't fare too well either.
It's an awesome film, all the actors act their moneys worth, the special effects are brilliant, the direction is surprisingly excellent and the script is equally brilliant. Some people don't like the film and that is fine, the films 12 years old now, probably 13 if pre and post production is taken into account. It borrows from many films which i believe makes it a cult film and some internet rumours indicate that it's the Hellraiser Dimension that they visit ... Dunno about that, but seeing Sam Neil scooping his eyes out, turned inside out and cobbled back together and then thinking about Jurassic Park makes me think that he is indeed a fantastic actor.
The entirety of this movie was made in England which seems rather novel.
Released in 1997, Event Horizon is a futuristic sci-fi horror film set in deep space, whereby a groub of astronaut engineers commanded by Lawrence Fishburne are sent to find out what happened to the crew a ship, the Event Horizon, that was designed to bend space and time and disappeared for years, suddenly reappearing in local space without warning or any clue as to where it has been. Along for the ride too is Sam Neill, who plays a scientist who created the Event Horizon and is tortured by the recent suicide of his wife.
It turns out that the ship has been travelling for years in realms beyond human knowledge and understanding- effectively in Hell- and has brought back with it something unimaginably evil. This mix of sci-fi and medieval conceptions of Hell works brilliantly, and the film has strong strains of Clive Barker's Hellraiser running through it, in its fascination with the crossover between pleasure and pain; ecstasy and insanity, not to mention bucketloads of gore and sadism, as the crew become overwhelmed by an unseen malicious presence and set about slaughtering both themselves and eachother with great enthusiasm. One of the most memorable scenes is that in which the crew recover the video recording of the Event Horzon's crew, which shows them brutally mutilating and murdering eachother in a subliminally-fast slideshow of violence, complete with swarming masses of maggots, plucked-out eyeballs and hideous, throat-tearing screams.
Its incredibly strong stuff, but such is the direction and acting (by Fishburne, Neill and an excellent Sean Pertwee as one of the crew's Liutenants) that it transcends being just video nasty fodder and instead becomes a viseral, powerful and intelligent horror. The SFX are great throughout, as is tha dark and ominous musical score that accompanies the film.
Fans of the film would also do well to cheak out British black metal/grind band Anaal Nathrakh's early album 'The Codex Necro'; a relentelss slab of caustic, filthy and sadistic black metal that captures the disturbing atmipshere of the film perfectly. An excellent and intelligent mix of science fiction and modern horror, Event Horizon is a must see, especially for fans of Clive Barker
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
Paul W.S. Anderson is frequently criticised for just butchering various series, such as in his adaptations of the Resident Evil video games, and with his version of the Alien vs Predator mythology, but he has made at least one good film, in Event Horizon, a visually impressive, well acted look at cabin fever on a spaceship.
The film opens in the Year 2047, when a spaceship called Event Horizon manages to send a distress message to Earth after being presumed destroyed for many years. A salvage vessel is sent to check for survivors and retain the ship, led by Captain Miller (Laurence Fishburne). The vessel also carries Event Horizon's designer, Doctor William Weir (Sam Neill), in case the ship has encountered structural difficulties that impair their mission.
They learn that the ship was used to experiment with black holes, and when they observe the last recording of the ship, it is clear that something drastically went wrong, as the last recording is frenzied, with the crew members seemingly having become savages. However, when they board the ship, things go from bad to worse, with the crew one by one turning insane and attempting to commit suicide as they meet the strange materials on the ship. Slowly, they begin turning against one another, and it becomes a race both to stay alive and not to turn murderous and insane like most of the crew have.
Although this is a lot like 2001: A Space Odyssey, and not a pinch as clever, it's an impressively designed film that's got the cerebral and visceral elements to please just about every fan of the genre, even if it is relatively low-rent otherwise.
In what is a surprisingly good outing from Paul W.S. Anderson, we get a trippy, visually pleasing psychological sci-fi thriller. Sam Neill is the best of show as the appropriately disturbing antagonist.
To me Event Horizon will always be a sad disappointment, made all the more tragic because this film had so much potential.
The year is 2047 in which the Event Horizon, a space ship fitted with a prototype gravity drive, disappeared without a trace during its maiden voyage seven years previous. Now the mysterious vessel has reappeared in Neptune's atmosphere and its up to Sam Neil had the crew of the rescue vessel Lewis and Clark to find out exactly where she's been hiding. Of course, when the only distress signal received from the stricken vessel was 'liberate tutame ex infernis, Latin for 'save yourselves from hell,' the answer is somewhat obvious.
Now, armed with the idea of teleporting ship, which by all accounts has spent the majority of the last decade in some hellish dimension, you'd think the writers could have come up with something suitably horrifying. Apparently not. Despite being given such an excellent opportunity they squandered this classic idea on a series of cheap scares and pathetic shock tactics. Event Horizon is a poor rehash of other horror greats, taking inspirations from movies like Alien and Hellraiser, turning them into 97 minutes of unimaginative sludge. The film attempts to pry out the odd jump by using the most tired of all plot devices, personal guilt, causing the generally forgettable cast to haunted by visions of their past mistakes. The rest of the movie is padded out with unnecessary gore, predictable plot twists, and Lawrence Fishburne looking concerned.
What this movie lacks in imagination, it makes up for in special effects, but to a generation that has seen more hacked up bodies than a forensics crime unit, that really isn't saying much. This film could have been so much more than a cheap run-of-the-mill supernatural horror, but they wasted their chance.
It's a shame really.
I watched this movie first time in telly about 6-7 years ago and have to add that it was after midnight. There was something in this movie that I could not stop watching it. It is a science fiction horror movie and there was absolutely dark in my room. All I want to say by that, there are a number of moments when I jumped scared. Now I will briefly introduce to this story.
Event Horizon is a secret project star ship. It Has BEEN equipped with experimental prototype of gravitons engine. Thanks that was able to create an artificial wormhole which bend time and space so travel from point to point lasted nothing (kind of inter-dimensional bridge). In 2040 sent to Neptune to get ready for its first jump to our nearest star system - Proxima Centauri. Everything is working great till Earth loose contact with Event Horizon.
After 7 years - in 2047 Earth receives fainted signal from Event Horizon. They try to contact crew and investigate what happened, but unfortunately there is no answer. Rescue star ship has been sent to check what is going on and if crew is still alive. When they get to Event horizon a number of strange things start to happen. Rescue team experiences a number of extremely really hallucinations. When they find out what is happening they start theirs survival fighting with......  watch it yourself
I saw a number of negative or average reviews on other websites, even on this but I have different opinion. Like for me it is a great movie full of terrific turns in action and quite good effects like for 1997. Story have done the biggest impression on my because of its possibility to happen in a real life.
Interesting issue is that idea gravitons drive mentioned by me above is absolutely real. It is not impossible science fiction like in other movies of this kind. Here we have some invention which has been approved by biggest scientist and physics in the world (including Steven Hawking). The only problem - idea works but currently our level of technology is to poor to create such a materials or star ship strong enough to carry it.
There is quite a lot of violence in this movie. Even thought it's not senseless violence - it is an interpretation of an evil end expression of hell.
I did like the whole movie starting from soundtracks, quality, actors used in this movie, mysterious beginning and surprising end.
I think there is nothing in Event Horizon I would change or complain about. It is simply great.
I can recommend it to people with nerves from steel and all fans of science fiction. It is quite old movie but in my opinion is one of the greatest.
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Review of the special edition DVD
Event Horizon in my opinion is the best science fiction horror movie since Alien. Interestingly enough it bares a lot of comparisons to Alien; firstly the project although joint funded by the UK and the US, received most of its funding from UK money, as did Alien. There are also similarities in the plot and the casting that will not have anyone that had previously seen Alien not drawing some sort of comparison.
The Lewis & Clark space vessel has been sent on a special assignment, the assignment is kept a closely guarded secret, its knowledge is know by just one member of the crew. Dr. William Weir is the man with the knowledge, and after much nagging by the remainder of his crew he decides to fill them in on their next mission. The crew of Lewis & Clark are going in search of the Event Horizon, a space vehicle that spectacular disappeared in an incident that compares it to the Titanic of the skies. The reason Dr. Weir is onboard is due to the fact that he created the Event Horizon and knows it better than anyone else. But having shared the knowledge of their mission Dr. Weir still holds something back.
No sooner have they encountered the Event Horizon than things go wrong, they quickly lose a crew member, all have unnerving visions, and as if things were not bad enough the Lewis & Clark becomes disabled in an explosion. Trapped on the Event Horizon; the intrepid crew battle to fight a seemingly unknown force. But as the crew get to know Dr. Weir they discover his nasty secret, a special development made to the Event Horizon allows the vehicle to bend and create holes in time and space; but worse still because of the horrific sights they have seen there is only one conclusion as to what happened to the Event Horizon and its now missing crew. The space craft created a black hole and went quite literally to Hell!
From the opening credits I knew I'd love Event Horizon, the late Michael Kamen creates an absolutely buzzing opening score. As the titles role you believe you're on your way to a nightclub, not just a viewing of a movie. As the movie progresses Kamen chucks in tracks that sound like they were literally made for the dance floor. These tracks don't feel out of place however everything gels perfectly; even down to the final two music numbers which Kamen collaborated with UK band The Prodigy.
The movie is all about the atmosphere, very much like Ridley Scott's Alien; Event Horizon mixes psychology, music, shocking images, and a soft focused love element to create this masterpiece. Its director a Newcastle lad by the name of Paul W.S. Anderson had a really tight grip on this one of his first movies, and to get the sort of backing he had for such a newcomer is an achievement in itself. Of course Anderson has gone on to produce massive Hollywood Blockbusters like Resident Evil, Alien Vs Predator, The Dark, Dead Or Alive, and Soldier. All this off the back of a movie that few people saw called Shopping, the same movie that made stars of Jude Law and Sadie Frost. Almost following in the steps of Ridley Scott, Anderson delivered a message to Hollywood, and one it was not likely to forget. Exactly 10 years on Event Horizon looks as fresh and as cutting edge as it did back then, and certainly has not aged a day.
Of the cast you have a great mix: Dr Weir is played by Sam Neil, here he mixes menace and emotion to develop a character you can never really be sure of, best known as his role of Damien in the third Omen movie, nobody else could have pulled this role off. In my opinion a mistake of casting comes in the form of Lawrence Fishburne, he is playing too much for the action and not enough for the horror science fiction element. There is nothing to endear you to his character; in fact I try where I can when watching the movie to forget about him altogether, which can be difficult when he insists on barking every word of his script. Much underestimated actress Kathleen Quinlan who I always remember best for the 80's virus movie Warning Sign, pops up and steals the lead female role from straight out of Joely Richardson's feet. Quinlan delivers a really convincing and ultimately tragic role as the medical technician Peters. Richardson who I previously mentioned is apparently the lead female role, but she fails to impress upon me, nice as she may be to look at I like a little more drive from my leading ladies. Also worth mentioning are Jason Issacs (who like the next actor was going to be England's next big thing), Sean Pertwee, and quirky Jack Noseworthy who plays one of the Event Horizons first victims.
Make no mistake Event Horizon is not a nice movie, it's not scary, but the subject matter is disturbing, as are the incredible special effects. When the crew of the Lewis & Clark find the video recording of the Event Horizons original crew and you see what happened to them, the temperature in the room literally drops; it's like someone running a freezing cold hand across you. I remember watching the movie for the first time some 9 years ago and rewinding the tape to see the fate of the ships crew again. This literally is a very raw image that may or may not be the most memorable thing next to the soundtrack.
The story bangs along at an excessive pace after all there is quite a big crew to wipe-out in 95 minutes. Sometimes the story moves at such a pace it's a little difficult to keep up if you have allowed yourself to get distracted.
My personal view of the movie is that its amazing; and certainly would be present in my top 20 movies of all time though I could not honestly state where.
* Disc 1:
* Audio commentary from director Paul W.S. Anderson and producer Jeremy Bolt - This totally compelling commentary is as good as the movie itself. Anderson is very modest about his achievements with the movie and never criticises any element of the movie. He explains how proud he was that the movie met the mental image he had in his head, stating he never imagined anything that he never achieved.
* Disc 2:
* 'The Point Of No Return': the making of Event Horizon - A nice entry level documentary, not so much a making of; but more of a promotion of the movie and its attributes.
* 'The Dark Inside' featurette - A look at the menace making effects and the inspirations for the story and the imagery therein.
* 'Into The Jaws Of Darkness': a 'making of' mini-documentary (14 mins) - This focuses more on the Event Horizon as a space vessel and looks at the set.
* 'The Body Of The Beast' a 'making of' mini-documentary (23 mins) - More recap of other areas plus an in-depth look at the scene involving the Event Horizons crew....YUK!
* 'Liberate Tuteme Ex Infernis': a 'making of' mini-documentary (20 mins) - A beginners guide to making Hell.
* 'The Scale To Hell': a 'making of' mini-documentary (18 mins) - A look at the massive sets used to make the movie. Something that impressive as it looks on screen you really don't get the feel of the massive production values until you look at this.
* 'The Womb Of Fear': a 'making of' mini-documentary (27 mins) - I cant talk about this without ruining the story.
* 'The Unseen Event Horizon (with director commentary)': the unfilmed rescue scene and conceptual art - Again something I cannot discuss, because it would take away the final impact from the movie. But this is a nice additional feature that throws new light on a couple of situations. Luckily it was not used as it would have affected the popularity of the movie without a doubt.
* Original theatrical trailer - The original US trailer seen for the first time in the UK, apparently the US version sports the UK trailer.
* Video trailer - A slightly tamed down trailer for home viewing, obviously taking into account that kids might see this gruesome extra.
While you can get Event Horizon (standard version) for as low as £4; this £9.99 version from play.com is a much better buy. It really does make me proud as a UK resident in a country that made few movies around this time; that we could achieve something thought impossible in the US. A rarity because when it comes to movies; us Brits don't get the pleasure of boasting too often.
THIS IS A FILM ONLY REVIEW
Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson
Produced by Jeremy Bolt, Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin
Written by Philip Eisner Uncredited: Andrew Kevin Walker
Starring Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan,
so, the year is 2047. Seven years after the maiden voyage of the event horizon, a spacecraft that was believed to have exploded, killing all aboard.
All are therefore surprised, when a garbled distress call is received, seemingly from the doomed ship. A ship (the lewis and clark) is sent out to the rescue, crewed by a bunch of misfits, and accompanied by Dr william weir. On the journey he explains the true fate of the ship, which he created.
He developed a new gravity drive, an engine that would be able to fold space time, allowing for rapid travel between two points in space. The engine creates an artificial black hole, known to be one of the most powerful forces in space. The term event horizon, does indeed come from the scientific term of the same name, which is the gravity field surrounding a black hole. The event horizon was going to plan, until they engaged the gravity drive, and disappeared.
When they arrive on the ship, it appears deserted. No real sins of life, but the crew of the lewis all feel strange. They are mentally drained, and they all start to have hallucinations, so real to them that they begin to believe that they are actually happening. When they move on to examine the ships log, it is a video of the maiden voyage, right up to the activation of the gravity drive, when the scene changes to a horrific, depraved scene of torture, and pain. The crafts sensors show it to be teeming with life, despite it looking like a ghost ship. Whatever went on, the crew of the lewis want out, they want away from this hell. But will the ship let them....? Will Dr weir let them....?
All in all, this is is a gripping, and very scary film indeed. The plot is perhaps a little more complex than it needed to be, and leaves a few holes, but it does what it needs to do - scares the pants off you!!!
The film has a few obvious influences. If the ship isn't based on the nostromo from Alien, the i'd be better to give up my reviewing career (what with the aliens series being my all time favourite films ever!). The, plot is also similar, to the extent of a distress call being answered by a salvage and rescue team, with disastrous results.
Hallucinations, so real that you start to interact with them. Talk to them, even do as they ask you......sounds familiar doesn't it. Th mind wanders back to a young jack nicholson in the shining. This is apt, because, although this was widely sold as a sci-fi movie, it is essentially a horror film.
If you can look by the holes in the plot (which most fans of the genre are used to anyway.), then the film is very satisfying to watch. Visually, like aliens, it is ahead of its time. Remembering that it was released way back in 1997, it still holds up well against more modern films. The scenes, than are especially scary to watch, are flash scenes. The last a few seconds, and are supposed to show us what the ship is doing to the crew mentally. At full speed, these leave a few graphic images of torture in the mind. But i you slow it down, and watch them frame by frame, you see so much more. All of which is subliminally taken into your mind to portray the feeling of terror felt by the crew.
The ship seems to be alive. It is so atmospheric, and it reacts to its new crew. It wants them dead. It wants to go back to where it came from ( percieved by most to be hell.). When it realises that the captain of the lewis (laurence fishbourne.) wants to destroy the ship, it uses a pawn to stop them. Who better for the ship to control than the man who knows every inch of it, Dr weir (sam neil.). The other actors in the film, although descent enough, are unremarkable, and it is the performance of these two that makes the film. They interact so well, and both give excellent, believable performances.
A few memorable scenes would be the scenes between Dr Weir and his wife, who died after commiting suicide years before. And also, the scene with weir after he has ripped out his own eyes (symbolising, i think that he no longer needs them as the ship is controlling him now.).
Scary, with good effects, and the help of two great actors. The film has you gripped from word go, and you will cringe at some of the scenes. If, like me, you like a good horror, or a good sci-fi, well you an now get both in the same film. A high paced, rip-roaringly good film.
P.S. The title of the review is a line from the film, in latin, and means " save yourselves from hell.".
Good sci-fi movies are rarer than hen's teeth, whilst bad ones seem to be ten a penny. Its a shame that such an entertaining genre seems to throw up so few movies like Alien and some many like Virus, to name the last steaming heap of sci-fi crap I sat through. To call Event Horizon a sci-fi however, might be to do it something of a disservice because its as much a horror film than a sci-fi - its certainly pretty horrific anyway! I prefer to think of it as a haunted house in outer space, this time with a haunted spaceship in a movie which plays out like a strange hybrid of Aliens, The Shining, Sphere and Hellraiser...and borrows quite frequently from all those sources for its ideas. In some respects, Paul Anderson's movie is very, very good, notably in the gore and visuals departments, but in others such as the plot itself its little more than a chaotic mess. Its a shame, because with a better plot and a little more attention played to its script and characters this could have been one of the beter sci-fi movies out there... Anyway, you get what you are given and Event Horizon is still quite entertaining on a visceral and visual level despite its lack of originality and shambolic plot. The story begins with a salvage craft travelling to Neptune to investigate the reappearance of a ship called the Event Horizon. The Event Horizon was the first of its kind, an experimental vessel which used a system of creating mini black holes to transport itself from one part of the universe to another in the blink of an eye and 7 years ago it went through one and never came back, disappearing completely. Now its back and a team of the usual suspects(ex-army and general misfits) along with the ship's creator (who is also the only one who really knows what is going on) are on their way to investigate if any of the crew are alive and to bring the Event Horizon home. That would be too simple though and its not long after boarding the Event Horizon that thi
ngs start looking rather like something very bad happened and high-tailing it out of there might be a very good idea. Not only is the bulkhead splattered with the blood and gore of the crew and a lacerated, torn up body is found floating around the place, but the instruments are showing signs of teeming life aboard what seems to be a ghost ship. It turns out the life detected is the ship itself and whilst where it has been for 7 years remains a mystery, what its intentions are towards its human intruders is rather more obvious...it wants them dead. OK, I admit for anyone who has seen the movie that's a rather simplistic version of events, but its difficult to describe a very confusing movie like this without giving too much away. Obviously Anderson's idea was to let the mystery of where the ship had been unfold as the movie progressed, but for some reason then took the decision to leave 20 minutes of the plot on the cutting room floor which in my eyes at least was a huge mistake. If you are left at the end with 101 questions you wouldn't be alone because an awful lot of the "who, what, how" is left unexplained which is one of the most annoying things about Event Horizon. The plot is chaotic, its everywhere and its never fully explained nor does it seem to be the main focus of Anderson's movie anyway! Neither does the characterisation of his players, who aside from Sam Neill (who is afforded a little development as the mad genius creator of the Event Horizon) are all quite one dimensional. Neill and Fishbourne(captain of the salvage ship) offer a little credibility and class to the proceedings whilst the rest perform well but are otherwise faceless as none seem to have much of a personality or past - we are told one has a son back on earth, another a wife and one made a mistake which lead to a colleague being killed but that's it. You are left with a group of cardboard cut-outs, ready and waiting to be 'offed' in some s
pectacular fashion. Whilst this is a standard feature in horror movies, its not a good one, because unless you are told something about a character it s impossible to connect with them or care when death takes a long, raking swipe at them with his reaping hook. Still, what Anderson does focus on is the visuals and the atmosphere of his movie and he certainly has some interesting sets to play with. The drive room of the vessel looks like something out of a Hellraiser movie, a large revolving studded metal ball in a spiked chamber could have fitted neatly into any Clive Barker setpiece and its probably no coincidence either when one character rises in flames from the water, his carved up features immediately bringing Pinhead to mind. Other parts of the ship are very reminiscent of another of its influences - Aliens and Kubrik's 2001 seems to be nodded towards occasionally as well, although its been a while since I saw that movie so feel free to shoot me down on that one. Great attention has been paid to all parts of the visuals, including globules of liquid floating around in zero gravity which is strangely beautiful to behold and some seriously gory scenes which are anything but pretty! There is certainly enough here to keep the gore hounds happy, as well as perhaps turning a few stomachs in some flashy shock scenes which I found quite well executed and rather wonderfully depraved in at least one case which is like a Hellraiser version of the suspension scene in The Cell. I had no complaints at all with the visuals. The influences of this movie are, it has to be said, more than a little obvious, to the point where you are left with a question: "homage or theft?". I wouldn't like to comment (theft!), but be sure that watching Event Horizon will remind you frequently of a number of other movies from the horror and sci-fi genre. I did enjoy watching it, despite it confusing plot which left me scratching my head for the most part whi
lst enjoying some of the more visceral moments and great sets. Given a better plot(i.e. one which adds up) and some attention made to its characters, Event Horizon could have been an excellent movie, but as it stands its really only entertaining on a visual and a bloody sense and worthy of a four star rating solely because the genre is starved of real class.
The year is 2047; a distress signal is received from somewhere near Neptune. The source is discovered as being the Event Horizon. Missing for seven years, the Event Horizon is a spacecraft capable of faster than light speed when it creates an artificial black hole through which it travels from point A to point B in no time at all. Normally it would take many years to reach point B. To do this however it cheats the laws of physics, which is never a wise thing to do, especially in a movie. It's creator, Sam Neill and a crew of six others, including their captain Lawrence Fishburne, travel up to the Event Horizon to rescue any survivors and determine exactly where the Event Horizon has been for the last seven years. However, when they reach the ship they discover the truth to be much more horrific than they ever could have imagined. Described as a haunted house movie in space, this doesn't far miss the mark with the feel of other movies like The Shining, Seven and Alien being conveyed. It's science- fiction horror with an original and strange twist. As this one of this year's big films it has a big budget. Stunning sets and mind-blowing make-up helped along by excellent computer trickery and effects. The acting is first class and the sound track is perfect for the feel of the movie. Sam Neill's character, Dr Weir, with his hallucinations about his wife starting before he set foot on the ship, you never could trust. The characters never developed but what Neill turns out to be in the end is truly horrific, the slaughter of the crew then begins. The Joely Richardson bloodbath is disgustingly delightful leaving her looking like an extra from Carrie. The ship's tricks, secrets and hidden power are what the movie is all about. It's an impressive film, maybe a bit thin on plot and short, but it'll leave you feeling confused and scared. Well worth seeing.
The year: 2047. And the United States Aerospace Command has set a find and salvage mission set for The Event Horizon. The crew contain the designer of the lost Eent Horizon Dr. Weir (Sam Neill), who is backed up by a military like crew with a brave and fearless captain named Miller (Laurence Fishburne). As they travel into deep space and discover the lost ship, a search mission takes place only to find blood and corpses. Unknown to the crew, the Event Horizon is a ship designed to travel at the speed of light. Not by a revolutionary new thruster system, but a device designed to bend space and create a gate to pass through. When this is revealed to them by Dr. Weir, the crew soon realise that something went wrong, and what was thought to be a distress call, turns out to be a warning. The crew fourced to board the Event Horizon by an accident on their own ship, slowly discover they are not alone. And events that produce fear and panic in the crews mind, make them realise they need to leave. this is hightened by one of the crew dissapearing and reappearing into the ships main drive system, then only to be found trying to kill himself through fear of whats happened. Dr. Weir soon becomes what seems to be possesed by the Event Horizon, and sees it that the crew are staying by destroying the rescue vessel and killing those who try to stand in his way. The evil that Event Horizon has captured it beyond the realms of our own dimension, and terror is only a word to describe its Hell. The reality, in the words of the Doctor, is much worse. Only the bravery of the captain enables three of the crew to escape. And even then it seems the scars left by the evil they have experienced is to haunt them. Escape is only an attempt to ignore the terror that has touched them. The movie takes on an Alien type adventure, and attempts to provide us with a new enemy that we can only begin to imagine as something beyond our very own
existence. With special effects that compliment the blood and gore lovers amongst us. This film is a must for all sci-fi fans, and worthy of a watch for any horror fans to. Not for the squeamish, this movie will please horror, blood loving, sci-fi fanatics looking for 92 minutes of adventure.
I think that this film is amazing! I've said that on alot of my opinions but this film is better than any other! I know I sound a little crazy but you've got to watch it, especially if you're a bit of a science freak like me. The story takes place in the future where a scientist states that the quickest way from two places is not a straight line, it is nothing, and he proves it by making an engine that uses it's own black-hole to fold time and space, like a piece of paper, to bring your destination to you. It is fitted to the space-ship 'Event-Horizon' which strangly disappeared, then reappeared years later abandoned. The story is about the mission to find out what went wrong. As you discover, there is a much more sinister reason for the ship's crew leaving than you first think. This is a must see film and will make you need a change of under-wear!
Drawing from Andrei Tarkovsky's heady science fiction meditation Solaris by way of Alien and Hellraiser, this visually splendid but pulpy piece of science fiction schlock concerns a mission in the year 2047 to investigate the experimental American spaceship Event Horizon, which disappeared seven years previously and suddenly, out of nowhere, reappeared in the orbit of Neptune. Laurence Fishburne stars as mission commander Captain Miller and Sam Neill is Dr Weir, the scientist who designed the mystery ship. Miller's T-shirt-and army-green-clad crew of smart-talking pros finds a ship dead and deserted, but further investigations turn up blood, corpses, dismembered body parts, and a decidedly unearthly presence. It turns out that the ship is really a space-age haunted house where spooky (and obviously impossible) visions lure each of the crew members into situations they should know better than to enter. The ship is gorgeously designed, borrowing from the dark, organic look of Alien and adding the menacing touch of teeth sprouting from bulwark doors and clawlike spikes inexplicably shooting out of the engine room floor. Unfortunately the film is not nearly as inventive as the production design--it turns into a woefully inconsistent psychic monster movie that sacrifices mood for tepid shocks--but the special effects are topnotch, and ultimately the movie has a trashy B movie charm about it. --Sean Axmaker