Event Horizon (1997) Movie Review

Event Horizon (1997)

1997 | R | Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
96 minutes /

User Score: 70/100

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Event Horizon Review


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

Event Horizon (1997) is a 1h 36-min rate R British-American science fiction horror-thriller film. Director Paul W.S. Anderson (Death Race (2008), AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004), Resident Evil (2002), Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)) did an incredible job executing this chilling movie, but it had too many plot holes with fragmented storylines. With that said, this is one of Paul’s greatest achievements although he went on to directing some pretty good movies but it was Event Horizon that paved the way for him with its spine-chilling atmosphere.

Event Horizon is about a massive ship lost in space for many years and a rescue crew finding the ship floating without a crew. That scene left a sense of dread flowing through my body as we do not know what to expect and fear the worse thing possible. They found the crew’s last video footage and the tension got real. We later learn that the core fuels the engine and voyage of the ship but the core is much more than we thought it to be as it can also fold space and send the Event Horizon thru a black hole so that they can quickly get from one place to another. The core is also a gateway that transported the ship into a dimension they are referring to as Chaos because Chaos is Hell or a black location of pure evil.

The ship passed thru the black hole and kept a part of hell with it, but the former crew was taken thru a dark place that inflicted hells sufferings upon them. The visuals from that scene and what follows are extremely frightening. The ship inhibited the evil and wanted to possess the crew and shortly after they began to hallucinate their worst nightmares. The chaos, evil and scary scenes do not stop coming, and there is a surprise ending for viewers.

Event Horizon was too short and felt as though it did not have enough time to fit every detail in properly, so major parts were probably cut off by the editing department leaving us with plot holes and a disjointed story. My other theory is that maybe much of the movie’s main meat did not get filmed because of budget issues and production or restrictions. Event Horizon was one of the scariest movies in the late 1990s and possibly of all time because it is a true horror masterpiece.

About Event Horizon (1997)

Title: Event Horizon
Original Title: The Stars My Destination
Year: 1997
Runtime: 96 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.5/5 stars from 10 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 10
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Sean Pertwee, Jason Isaacs, Joely Richardson, Kathleen Quinlan, Jack Noseworthy, Peter Marinker, Noah Huntley, Richard T. Jones, Emily Booth, Barclay Wright, Robert Jezek, Teresa May, Holley Chant
Writers: Philip Eisner
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

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