September 14, 2016

Blu-ray Review: Event Horizon (1997)

"Hell in space."
(aka Do You See?)
Release Date: August 15th, 1997.
Country: USA.
Rating: R.
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. 

Space, 2040: The 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.

Space, 2047: The rescue ship Lewis and Clark is sent to Neptune to answer a distress signal, which unbeknownst to them is coming from the Event Horizon, which has suddenly reappeared out of nowhere after 7 years. The ship's creator, Dr. Weir is on board, and he's determined to find out what happened to his baby and bring her home.

When the crew of the Lewis and Clark boards the Event Horizon to get her back on-line and get some answers, it comes alive, and all hell breaks loose, literally. Like we said above, the ship went to hell (or a really hellish alternate dimension) when it disappeared, and it brought something back with it. Do you see?

Hell on Earth in space ensues.

Event Horizon is one of those movies that we loved when we first saw it in theaters back in 1997, while it seemed to be hated by everyone else. Now, that's not because we're so enlightened that we "got" what a great movie it was, and everyone else was missing the boat, but because it just spoke to us in all the right ways. And because we got it and they didn't, because "they" have shitty taste, and we don't.

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?

Did we mention that Dr. Weir was an asshole?

This movie was cut pretty heavily when it first came out due to test audiences complaining that it was too gory and violent, which makes no sense, because it's a frigging Horror movie, but I digress...

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.

Even though a lot of it is shown in quick flashes, there's plenty of blood & gore throughout this one to keep most Gorehounds happy.

There's some nudity in this one, but it's not of the sexy variety.

Event Horizon looks pretty damned good in this 2:35:1, 1080p/AVC transfer. The special effects look a bit dated in parts, but overall this is a gorgeously shot movie with some great VFX that really shine in crisp detail on this disc. The Dolby TruHD 5.1 audio track complements the visuals perfectly, making it even more of an immersive experience than it already was.

Special Features:
  • 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.

Simply put, Event Horizon is one of the best Horror movies of the 90's, and one of our favorite fright flicks set in space. It's eerie, disturbing, gory, and all kinds of exciting, and even though it's attained a bit of a cult status over the years, it's still severely underrated.

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.

Along with its Demons, the Event Horizon was also populated with a few Angels.


  1. When this came out, I don't think I was even watching TV much, and didn't even know that it was supposed to be a flop. I don't even know where they are getting any of this negativity from. I don't see it. The movie was creepy as hell then, and still is today.
    I always pictured a play on the video game Doom that was popular at the time, and the Hellraiser: Bloodlines. They seemed to take elements from them, but maybe it was just coincidence.

  2. A great review for a fantastic movie. A while ago I watched it and went through the "hell flashes" on a pause. THe imagery is brilliant and very twisted.

    Oh - and it's always great to see a NZ/Oz actor (Sam Neil) NOT having to fake a US or UK accent :)

  3. I've never understood why this wasn't a bigger hit. It had a great cast, very nice cinematography, some nifty really should have had a bigger following than it did, but for some reason audiences just stayed away in droves.

  4. I remember going into the theater having no prior word of mouth about it. I had a very non-horror movie friend who thought it was going to be a "2001 A.S.O.-ish" type of movie. I'd like to think of myself as being a ready for anything kind of guy, but some of the imagery tapped into something primal. Maybe it was my over active imagination or the cough syrup but it's one of the few flicks that messed with me when I first saw it. The person I went with wanted to leave after the halfway point and was one of those haters you talked about. After a few watches it's doesn't have the same effect. Parts of "Sunshine" hits me the same way. Space is a scary place.

  5. People going outside airlocks and experiencing so-called "explosive decompression" is always a good ploy in the horror space realm. Gas bubbles expanding your flesh at the same time your being flash frozen and radiated. Just remember wrap all exposed flesh with pipe insulation,don't open eyes/mouth and blow all the O2 out of your lungs.You have 6 seconds to get where your going.Open the air lock Mama Bear.

    1. Yeah. Even if it isn't represented with 100% scientific accuracy, it's a fun ploy.

      MamaBear messed up lol