Event Horizon

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Overview

In this sci-fi/horror scarefest, Dr. William Weir Sam Neill is a scientist who has designed a spacecraft called Event Horizon which will explore the outer reaches of space past the planet Neptune; the ship employs a special transport mechanism that, in effect, creates a black hole that the ship can pass through, allowing it to travel tremendous distances in a few seconds. The Event Horizon mysteriously disappears in the midst of a mission with no trace of either the ship or its crew, but it reappears in Neptune's...
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Overview

In this sci-fi/horror scarefest, Dr. William Weir Sam Neill is a scientist who has designed a spacecraft called Event Horizon which will explore the outer reaches of space past the planet Neptune; the ship employs a special transport mechanism that, in effect, creates a black hole that the ship can pass through, allowing it to travel tremendous distances in a few seconds. The Event Horizon mysteriously disappears in the midst of a mission with no trace of either the ship or its crew, but it reappears in Neptune's orbit after a seven year absence and it's sending out a distress signal. The spaceship Lewis and Clark, and Dr. Weir, are sent to investigate; the crew -- Captain Miller Laurence Fishburne, pilot Smith Sean Pertwee, engineer Justin Jack Noseworthy, navigator Starck Joely Richardson, physician D.J. Jason Isaacs, and emergency technicians Peters Kathleen Quinlan and Cooper Richard T. Jones -- are already tired and unenthusiastic about this assignment, and somewhat confused by Weir's reports. The crew of the Lewis and Clark are convinced that Weir is not telling them something, and when they discover the Event Horizon, they find that things are not what they seem, and an evil presence has taken over the ship. Incidentally, the term "event horizon" describes the outer boundaries of a black hole.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Often referred to as "The Shining in space," British director Paul Anderson's follow-up to the enormously popular Mortal Kombat (1995) also bears more than a passing resemblance to Stanislaw Lem's short-story Solaris (though with a decided slant towards the horrific). Unquestionably an exercise of style over substance, Event Horizon sustains its running time and frequently shifting theories of time and space with solid performances by Laurence Fishburn and Sam Neill. As the captain of the ship sent to investigate the disappearance of the titular spacecraft and the creator of the said time-bending craft respectively, Fishburn and Neil lend much needed weight to a story that borrows heavily and frequently from multiple sources. Though the film is marked with a number of shocking images in addition to a handful of intriguing concepts, the languid pacing (likely an intentional effort to build a foreboding sense of dread) robs the film of the needed trajectory to truly penetrate the mind of the viewer. It often seems that as soon as the audience is drawn in to the admittedly horrifying concept of a connection with Hell by means of experimental dimension-shifting spacecraft, they are pulled from the dark hypnosis of the admittedly awe-inspiring production design through a series of implausibly drawn situations and questionable motivations on behalf of the characters. As previously mentioned, the menacing design of the Event Horizon and it's Notre Dame cathedral-inspired black heart are nearly enough to induce nightmares alone. This observations not withstanding, it's a shame that Anderson couldn't parlay the often involving story and talented actors into a more effective story.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2013
  • UPC: 883929301690
  • Original Release: 1997
  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 17,766

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laurence Fishburne Captain Miller, Miller
Sam Neill Weir
Kathleen Quinlan Peters
Joely Richardson Starck
Richard T. Jones Cooper
Jack Noseworthy Justin
Jason Isaacs D.J.
Sean Pertwee Smith
Technical Credits
Paul W.S. Anderson Director
Deborah Aquila Casting
Joseph Bennett Production Designer
Adrian Biddle Cinematographer
Jeremy Bolt Producer
Patrick Clayton Asst. Director
Computer Film Co. Special Effects
Neil Corbould Special Effects Supervisor
Philip Eisner Screenwriter
Nick Gillott Executive Producer
Lawrence Gordon Producer
Ros Hubbard Casting
John Hubbard Casting
Martin Hunter Editor
Michael Kamen Score Composer
Lloyd Levin Producer
Malcolm Middleton Art Director
John Mollo Costumes/Costume Designer
Chris Munro Sound/Sound Designer
Crispian Sallis Set Decoration/Design
Jane Shannon Casting
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    To The Ends Of The Universe

    Eree,cold, bleak and somewhat disturbing. The idea of a ship lost in space for who knows how long, is just plain creepy alone. I don't know what I would do if I found a space craft floating in outer space, drifting through worlds and galaxies unknown and uncharted. I know one thing, I'm not climbing aboard to take a nice long look around that's for sure. That's the kind of feeling you get when viewing Event Horizon. What ever happened to the crew aboard that ship is unknown, but I can tell you this, hell does exist if you're stuck on an advanced space craft that takes you to the ends of the universe and back.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    There Is Hell In Outerspace

    This is one of the creepiest Sci-Fi movies I've watched since the Alien quadrilogy. It give me chills sometimes, althought the story drags in certain places.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie is a CULT CLASSIC for many reasons.

    Event Horizon is an excellent film about the consequences of individuals and man pushing the boundries of science. In the story, Dr. Weir pours his life's efforts into a ship called the Event Horizon, that uses extra-dimensional travel via wormholes to travel faster than light per say. What dimension the ship actually travels through is unknown, but the ship is still built, and it has unforseen consequences. Proving the point that man will do things just because he can, regardless of what the known aftermath will be. The ship also indirectly costs Weir the life of his wife through his neglect of their relationship. Some people complain about the gore, but, it's not used as a simple plot device or in a mediocre way. It represents the gruesome reality of hell and sends that point home. As a space movie, it is best enjoyed on a big screen TV to truly give you the feeling of vastness, and widescreen if possible. Seeing this film in the theatre was truly a treat. Overall the cinematography is excellent, and gives you a feel similar to Aliens. This film IS a CULT classic, and if you look beyond the the surface, which most people who dislike the film fail to do, and actually think about the underlying themes you will understand why so many people enjoy this film. It is by no means a mainstream movie, and does not appeal to a broad audience, but those that like intellectual and real movies that pull no punches will truly enjoy this one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I thought this movie was great!

    I really enjoyed this film. It scared the me to death when I first saw it(and no it wasn't only the gore). I thought this movie had a great plot and an excellent cast. I think some stuff is better unexplained. sort of like Aliens, you might ask yourself where they came from. but in my opinion I think it's better left alone. Thats how I feel with this movie. Paul Anderson did a great job with this flick.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2013

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    this is my top 10 movies of all time i love...i would advise you

    this is my top 10 movies of all time i love...i would advise you if you are just looking for a sci-fi movie with no horror in it i advise you not to watch this...this movie is sci-fi horror and it is awsome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really Great

    I thought this movie was great and Paul Anderson is one of my favorite directors.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Who's There?

    This movie is great, one of the best films I've ever seen.though I didn't like the choice of the cast,I think the rest of the film is great.Paul Anderson(who has also directed Resident Evil)did a great job on this film.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    scary

    My bf likes this weird blend of sci fi horror and space horror. An elite crew of people with Fishbourne at the head fibd a creepy spaceship and find that its haunted. I always felt sorry for Sam Neill's character,the man that build the ship in the first place.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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