A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board.

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In the year 2047 a group of astronauts are sent to investigate and salvage the long lost starship "Event Horizon". The ship disappeared mysteriously 7 years before on its maiden voyage and with its return comes even more mystery as the crew of the "Lewis and Clark" discover the real truth behind its disappearance and something even more terrifying. Written by Losman <losman@express-news.net>

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Infinite Space - Infinite Terror


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Rated R for strong violence and gore, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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15 August 1997 (USA)  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,511,915 (USA) (15 August 1997)

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$26,616,590 (USA) (24 October 1997)
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Some of the deleted scenes from the original 130 minutes long rough cut are:
  • The meeting scene between Weir and some people in charge of the mission where they talk about Event Horizon (dialogue from this deleted scene was included in theatrical trailer).


  • More back story for Cooper and Justin (including much stronger explanation for why Justin enters the black hole). It was explained that greatest fear of Cooper was loosing someone close to him which is represented in the film by the unfortunate accident that claims Justin.


  • Deleted love back story between Starck and Miller.


  • Miller finds a ripped out tooth floating around in Event Horizon.


  • More scenes explaining what exactly gateway to hell/black hole is.


  • Longer version of the scene where Peters hallucinates her son with his legs all mangled with maggots all over them.


  • After Justin almost died and is inside the water tank, Weir has hallucination where Justin turns into his wife Claire who comes out and looks at him; this scene was included in first two test screening versions of the movie but it didn't made it into the final cut.


  • Scene where Weir remembers his wife Claire committing suicide was also longer and bloodier.


  • The infamous "bloody orgy" video was also longer. Parts which are still in the scene, like one of the crew members sticking his fingers deep into other one's eyes, and a female crew member sodomizing male crew member with iron pipe, were even more violent in original version of the scene. There were also lot more shots of Event Horizon crew naked and covered in blood having violent sex and raping and eating each other, more graphic version of the scene where man pulls his intestines out of his mouth, one crew member is held and stabbed in back of the head with spike and part of his mouth and teeth drops out, other crew member is crawling on floor while others are hitting his legs with steel bars smashing them to pieces as he screams and is crawling away leaving pieces of his legs behind, one girl has screws drilled into her teeth, other girl is held while her arm is broken with hunk of metal, one more girl has her breasts mauled and then ripped off by another crew member, some other parts of the scene were also cut. Reason why this scene disturbed test audience is because filmmakers, in order to make the scene look more realistic and therefore lot more violent, hired real life amputees for special effects scenes where Event Horizon crew members had their body parts damaged in many ways, and porn actors were hired to make the sex and rape scenes more graphic. According to producer Jeremy Bolt and director Paul W.S. Anderson, some audience members during screening of rough cut of the movie started fainting while watching this scene.


  • The scene where Miller finds D.J cut open and hanging was longer and it had more shots of his guts on the table.


  • The scene where the cryo-chamber is filling with blood originally had a part where Weir's hand pounds against the glass from inside and smashes the chamber letting the blood out; then as Cooper is helping Starck to escape, a mutilated and naked Weir is climbing from a ladder upside-down behind them.


  • Originally in the scene where Miller fights with possessed Weir there was a part where Weir gives, what director Paul Anderson referred to as "The Old Testament Speech" to Miller and tells him that "dimension of pure chaos" is actually hell.


  • The "Visions of Hell" sequence during the final fight between Miller and Weir was also longer and it had more shots of Event Horizon crew members being tortured.


  • Three different alternate endings were also filmed. One didn't have cheap jump scare at the end when last two survivors are found by another rescue crew and Starck hallucinates that she sees Weir, although there was a similar version of the scene included in this ending where she hears screams of Event Horizon crew and screams in fear before Cooper wakes her up. This was the original ending of the movie and it is included in shooting script. Second ending (original ending) had Miller fighting with the burned man from his visions at the core instead of with Weir but it was changed because audience of the second test screening didn't like it. Third ending that was used in final cut is combined of first two endings but instead with burning man Miller fights with Weir. Plus final jump scare is included at very end of the movie.


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Goofs

"Liberate tutemet" is wrong in Latin. "Liberate" is 2nd person PLURAL imperative, "tutemet" is an emphatic 2nd person SINGULAR pronoun. The correct version would have been "liberate vos" or "liberate vosmet". "Tutemet" (which is a very rare form) is also wrongly nominative: an accusative is needed in the sentence for the object of the verb "liberate". See more »

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[first lines]
Title Card: 2015 First permanent colony established on moon.
Title Card: 2032 Commercial mining begins on Mars.
Title Card: 2040 Deep space research vessel 'Event Horizon' launched to explore boundaries of Solar System. She disappears without trace beyond the eighth planet, Neptune. It is the worst space disaster on record.
Title Card: 2047 Now...
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are sucked into a black hole. The screen viewpoint pans upward, above, and over the regular Paramount mountain before the opening credits, which usually remains stationary and then fades out. See more »

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Soundtracks

Funky Shit
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Written by Liam Howlett
Performed by The Prodigy
Courtesy of XL-recordings/Pias Benelux
By Arrangement with EMI Virgin music ltd/Polygram music
Includes a ample of 'SWAT'
From the album 'The fat of the land'
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So brilliant its hard to believe Paul Anderson directed AVP.
5 July 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is without a doubt one of the greatest horror films ever made! I wouldn't classify it as sci-fi even though it does pay homage (or some would say rip-off) to many of the greats, such as Alien and The Black Hole. This is a pure horror film and also has a b-movie charm. This is the kind of movie William Castle would be directing if he was still alive today, but much better! It is the best haunted house movie of the lot, but its set in a spaceship.

OK, the movie doesn't have the most complicated plot or character development, it works because of the atmosphere and Paul Anderson has pulled off a one-trick pony here. The atmosphere in this film is so friggin brilliant that you forget you're watching a movie and it physically affects you! James Cameron and Ridley Scott reached this level of brilliance in the Alien films and David Fincher with Seven.

I've seen this movie over 20 times. It is incredibly entertaining, with fine performances, amazing special FX, one of the best and creepy music scores ever, the best space production design ever, the best subwoofer explosions, the best cinematography, energetic and brilliant direction...I could go on....

It's also become a bit of a cult classic nowadays. I've loved the film since it was first released and every friend I show it to agrees and considers it a sleeper. It is also one of the only films I know that induces fear into the audience and provokes them to curse in awe. Every time my mates and I watch it, we are gobsmacked in its craziness! 10/10

  • Easily in the top 10 horror films of all time! One of the most


entertaining movies ever made. Paul Anderson has never surpassed this film and it will be the one he is remembered for.


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