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Event Horizon (1997)

R  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  15 August 1997 (USA)
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A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board.


(as Paul Anderson)


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Complete credited cast:
Peters, Med Tech
Peter Marinker ...
Captain John Kilpack
Holley Chant ...
Barclay Wright ...
Denny Peters
Burning Man / Edward Corrick
Robert Jezek ...
Rescue 1 Technician


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Infinite Space - Infinite Terror


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

15 August 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Stars My Destination  »

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


DEM 1,533,632 (Germany) (16 January 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The model of the Event Horizon includes a complete "X-Wing" from Star Wars as part of an antenna array. The model is visible on the lower portion of the Event Horizon during the first flyby by the Lewis & Clark. See more »


Just after helping Weir to his feet and as he turns away, you can see that D.J's shorts are completely dry on his backside, despite being in a tank of liquid for the last 56 days and being visibly dripping wet from the front. See more »


[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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Funky Shit
(main theme)
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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User Reviews

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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