Do You See?)
Release Date: August 15th, 1997.
Written by: Philip Eisner.
Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson.
Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, Joely Richardson, Jason Isaacs, and Sean Pertwee.
It's always amazed me how much critics hated this movie, and how audiences didn't respond to it at all, when it was released back in 1997. Now, a lot of critics are stodgy old bores who can never seem to truly enjoy a movie unless it's set in 14th Century England, so I don't tend to give a shit what they say about most Genre flicks, but Event Horizon is not anywhere near the piece of shit that they all made it out to be. In fact, it's one of the coolest Horror flicks to come out of the 90's, and one hell of a good time.
So screw them.
Event Horizon, a deep exploration starship, disappears on its maiden mission to Proxima Centauri. Where did it go, you ask? Hell, but we'll get to that later.
|AH, THERE SHE IS.|
|DR. WEIR IS AN ASSHOLE, BY THE WAY.|
|OH YES, WE SEE.|
Yes, it's a bit melodramatic and over-the-top in the acting department at times, and it's not very scientifically accurate, but it was a bloody, exciting ride that sucked us in and made us hungry for more.
It's packed full of bloody & gory scenes and disturbing imagery; it's got a likable cast, most of whom meet their ends in nasty ways; it's suitably creepy; the ship looks fantastic, as do the glimpses of Hell that we get; and it just doesn't ever let up on any of those things. It's a disturbing Haunted House story set in space. What's not to love about that?
|PLUS, LARRY FISHBURNE. HOW AWESOME IS HE?|
Point is that somewhere out there (supposedly) is a bunch of footage that would make for a pretty gnarly Unrated Cut, but due to the fact that the studio didn't give a shit about this movie after its poor reception, we'll probably never see it assembled into anything watchable. That's a damn shame.
|WAS IT RAPE? WE MAY NEVER KNOW...|
|I MEAN, THAT'S A LOT OF BLOOD.|
|POOR GIRL DIED HALF-NAKED.|
- Audio Commentary with Paul W.S. Anderson
- The Making of Event Horizon (SD, 103 minutes)
- The Point of No Return (SD, 8 minutes)
- Deleted/Extended Scenes (SD, 10 minutes)
- The Unseen (SD, 7 minutes)
- Theatrical Trailer (HD, 2 minutes)
Overall, for under $10, this is an excellent catalogue title that should be a part of any Horror Fan's collection.
|POOR BABY BIRD...|
If you have yet to take a ride through space and Hell with the Event Horizon, you should rectify that omission now.
Event Horizon is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.
Event Horizon was also populated with a few Angels.