Event Horizon

A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned, severely altered.

 

United States
United Kingdom
1997
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Alien Film
Otherness Film
Parasite Film
Relative: 
Offspring
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
Catastrophes: 
Explosion
Dimensional: 
Teleporter
Time Traveler
Spaceman
Unknown
Psychics: 
Illusionist
7.04
Knocks 'em dead!
8
6
8
8
3
3
4
Effects
Dialogue
Performances
You might agree, when all is said and done, that Event Horizon is everything horror science-fiction should be. It takes place in space, aboard a ship engineered by Sam Neill’s character. Joely Richardson and Laurence Fishburne play important characters, too, and are friendlier. They will make you believe you’re out there, with them, in space, about to be sucked into a black hole.
You wouldn’t believe how much stuff is crammed into this film. It is relatively short and surprisingly dense, but it was heavily edited, as requested by the studio. It even has slow moments of calculated build-up. It always pays off. The script is clever, and the directing immersive. The costume design is appropriate, and a lot of thought went into the ship’s design.
Of all things that can be said about Event Horizon, calling it Lovecraftian is no exaggeration. It is about the things that can’t be described, unseen, forgotten, with a quintessential science-fiction procedural that drives us to the darkest corners of the mind. This is never mentioned with dialogue, but you can just feel it through and through. The deeper you get, the more you can feel it.
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