Event Horizon (1997) Movie Review

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Event Horizon (1997)

1997 | R | Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
96 minutes / 1h 36min

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Event Horizon Plot Synopsis:

In the year 2047 a group of astronauts are sent to investigate and salvage the long lost starship "Event Horizon". The ship disappeared mysteriously 7 years before on its maiden voyage and with its return comes even more mystery as the crew of the "Lewis and Clark" discover the real truth behind its disappearance and something even more terrifying.

Event Horizon (1997) Review

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.

  • Event Horizon Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 5.22
  • IMDB: 6.7
  • MetaCritic: 3.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 2.6

About Event Horizon 1997

Title: Event Horizon
Year: 1997
Runtime: 96 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.61/5 stars from 139,127 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 139,127
MPAA Rating: R
Event Horizon Cast Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Jason Isaacs, Sean Pertwee, Joely Richardson, Kathleen Quinlan, Jack Noseworthy, Peter Marinker, Noah Huntley, Richard T. Jones, Emily Booth, Teresa May, Holley Chant, Barclay Wright, Robert Jezek
Event Horizon Writers: NA
Event Horizon Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Production: Paramount Home Video
Language: English, Latin
Country: UK, USA