For pre-Millennials, 1997’s Event Horizon is regarded with a mix of reverence and awe. Paul W.S. Anderson’s first horror movie is as nuanced and complex as it is original and ambitious. Stories of a troubled production are epic; it’s been said that over an hour of footage was excised in order to make the film palatable for mainstream audiences and in the pre-DVD days, none of it was saved for posterity. As a result, Event Horizon is seen as both a masterpiece and a forever-unfinished opus.
So why can’t younger horror fans get behind Event Horizon with the same enthusiasm? Our favorite Irish film critic and academic Ryan Hollinger wraps his mind around the Event Horizon phenomenon in an attempt to shed light on this enigmatic mind-boggler. Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
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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.
Event Horizon stars Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, and Kathleen Quinlan.