A year after Pinhead (Doug Bradley) took his Cenobite to space in Hellraiser: Bloodline (directed by Kevin Yagher), Resident Evil scribe Paul W.S. Anderson unleashed his own tale of cosmic terror: Event Horizon, a film widely considered the best, most terrifying horror/sci-fi movie ever made. It features a version of Hell that puts Barker’s realm of Leviathan to shame to terms of sheer chaos and shocking, visceral brutality. While it was technically a box office flop, Event Horizon has always been lauded by horror fans, and it’s become a huge cult phenomenon.
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Event Horizon was produced in an era of extreme censorship by the puritanical MPAA; rumors have long swirled that an original cut of the film was almost two and a half hours long, meaning almost an hour of gory and violent footage was excised—just to get an R rating! Fans have long dreamed of a Director’s Cut for Event Horizon, one that will reassemble the film as Anderson intended. Crave Online recently caught up with Anderson and bridged the topic with him.
“Paramount [has] asked us to come back in and do different versions,” Anderson revealed before delivering a heartbreak blow: “we looked for the material, and it just doesn’t exist.”
How could a major studio film simply loose footage from a big-budget theatrical release? Anderson explains that Event Horizon was produced in a different day and age.
“There was a lot more that was shot that isn’t in the movie. But you’ll never see the messed up version because we made Event before the kind of DVD revolution. You know, DVD ushered in this era when you had to have additional footage, deleted scenes, things like that. There was no call for that back when we were just doing VHS cassettes and LaserDiscs.”
On whether there’s any future for Event Horizon in the form of a sequel or TV show, Anderson is equally dire:
“The things that kind of handicapped us the first time around, the fact that the movie isn’t tied up with a neat little bow, it left things open… at the time it was a handicap. I think maybe if it had all been really neat and there had been some monster running around killing everyone it probably would have done bigger business,” Anderson says. “But I think people still talk about it because it’s a movie that invites conversation afterwards, because we don’t tell you exactly what’s going on and what to think. And I think that’s become one of its strengths, and I think the danger of returning to that world is you don’t want to over-explain things.”
How sad are you that we’ll never see a Director’s Cut of (or sequel to) Event Horizon? Do you agree it’s one of the best horror/sci-fi movies ever made? Let’s discuss in the Comments section!
Official Synopsis: When the Event Horizon, a spacecraft that vanished years earlier, suddenly reappears, a team is dispatched to investigate the ship. Accompanied by the Event Horizon’s creator, William Weir (Sam Neill), the crew of the Lewis and Clark, led by Capt. Miller (Laurence Fishburne), begins to explore the seemingly abandoned vessel. However, it soon becomes evident that something sinister resides in its corridors, and that the horrors that befell the Event Horizon’s previous journey are still present.