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EVENT HORIZON (1997)

EVENT HORIZON is one of the most underrated films of the late 90’s. Yes, I said it and stand by it having now seen the film at least a good half-dozen times or more. The film is a well-made sci-fi/horror grand guignol with fine performances and truly awe-inspiring cinematography. 


Set in the not so distant future, the experimental deep space starship Event Horizon has reappeared after having gone missing for over seven years. It’s been found in Neptune’s orbit and the crew of the space freighter Lewis and Clark has been diverted from home to take Dr. Weir (Sam Neill) to investigate its mysterious return. 


Weir invented the ship’s star drive that allows the Event Horizon to bend space thus travel faster than the speed of light, but something went horribly wrong upon it’s testing and it looks like it sent the ship beyond our known universe. 


When the Lewis and Clark arrives at the derelict ship, they find it completely abandoned, but as the movie trailer forewarns the viewer, the Event Horizon has not come back alone. 


The film plays like THE SHINING in space with shades of Clive Barker’s HELLRAISER and Ridley Scott’s ALIEN, but it is not a rip-off of these films as others would have you believe. 


The story is well conceived and though not perfect, delivers the goods in both scares and gore. It does this with excellent production design and an attention to detail that most films of this ilk skimp on. 


Also the cast is remarkable good for a movie of this caliber with not only Sam Neill, but Laurence Fishburne, Kathleen Quinlan, Joely Richardson and Jason Isaacs. And for you DOCTOR WHO fans, it also features Sean Pertwee, son of Jon “The Third Doctor” Pertwee. 


The movie was pretty much eviscerated by the critics on its initial release and only sports a 24% rotten tomatometer score. But the heart wants what the heart wants and, having seen the film multiple times, it still delivers the goods. The only thing I can conceivably think of why their was so much ill-will toward the film is either people don’t like the director Paul W.S. Anderson (RESIDENT EVIL) or they were put off with how bloody and graphic the gore was in the film. 


In my defense, I have met many people over the years that are closet fans of this film and I think you will be too once you’ve taken the journey beyond…

JUNE 25, 2014