Event Horizon Movie Review

Release: August 15th, 1997
Rating: R
Run time: 96 min
Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill 
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Official Trailer: Event Horizon

Sometimes I don’t understand the hate Paul W.S Anderson gets, as pretty much all of his movies I enjoy (yes, even Alien vs Predator). The review for today, is arguably his best effort, Event Horizon, a movie that could of easily been a Hellraiser sequel (more on this little fun discussion later). Event Horizon starts off amazing, but starts to wobble a little in the later half, but even with a few issues, the movie still comes out top notch. Read on to see if this horrifying space mission, is something you would like to take part in…

Short nitty-gritty plot description from IMDb is as followsA rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned…with someone or something new on-board.

Tatlock’s Quick ‘n Dirty Recap: The year is 2047, the Event Horizon, a new space shuttle, that will allow instantaneous space travel, which vanished 7 years prior, has suddenly for no reason, reappeared. Dr. William Weir, played by Sam Neill, along with a crew, head out to see where exactly the shuttle was, if there are any survivors and see what data can be salvaged. Once they board the Event Horizon, they find the crew missing and random, violent hauntings start taking place aboard the ship. Where exactly did the Event Horizon go and what did it bring back?

Tatlock’s Opinion: Event Horizon is the type of movie I can watch several times and never be bored with. The movie starts off wonderfully, with tons of mystery splashing across the screen. You are with the crew, walking the hallways of this derelict ship and you never know what is around the corner. It’s only in the second half of the movie, once the mystery is solved and action takes precedence over creepy atmosphere, does the movie falter a bit and the story takes a hit.

I mentioned above that this movie could’ve been a Hellraiser sequel. It has everything that it needs: a portal (the gravity drive device), which opens up gateways to other worlds, people being tortured in a sadistic, yet sexual way (seen in the heavily cut footage (NSFW)) and finally there are lines lifted almost directly from Hellraiser (Event Horizon’s “I have such wonderful, wonderful things… to show you…” to Hellraiser’s “We have such sights to show you!”). Event Horizon is the perfect example of a Hellraiser sequel that could work in space and not have Pinhead in it, something Hellraiser Bloodline failed at.

Verdict: Event Horizon starts off strong, with a spooky atmosphere and story, that keeps your eyes glued to the screen. However, once the mystery unfolds, the movie starts to wander into action territory and the movie just can’t seem to find a good hold. Still, highly recommended for horror/sci-fi fans.


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Michael Tatlock
10 years ago

Thanks for the comment. I'm glad you agree.

Yeah, I use to be on a Hellraiser forum a lot back in the day and we always discussed how much Event Horizon could easily slide into the Hellraiser mythology. Hellraiser in space can work, even if Hellraiser: Bloodline tried to prove it couldn't. Haha.

Snake Plissken
10 years ago

Bloodline was the 2nd Hellraise i ever saw (first one was the 3rd) it was a total mess, but there is always worst, like "Leprechaun In Space" ha ha!

Michael Tatlock
10 years ago

Haha, yeah Bloodline is still better than Leprechaun in Space.

I enjoyed the first Resident Evil movie quite a bit, but anything after that was a pretty dull or complete nonsense.

Snake Plissken
10 years ago

yeah, forgot how good was the first R.E was, after being subjected to watch the sequels! I have a crazy funny theory. Anderson tries to do his worst in each R.E movie because he is trying to tell Milla to give him a divorce ha ha. Maybe that's the answer!

Michael Tatlock
10 years ago

Haha. That has to be it!

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