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Event Horizon (1997)

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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.

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Paul W.S. Anderson (as Paul Anderson)

Writer:

Philip Eisner
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Laurence Fishburne ... Captain Miller
Sam Neill ... Dr. William Weir
Kathleen Quinlan ... Peters, Med Tech
Joely Richardson ... Lt. Starck
Richard T. Jones ... Cooper
Jack Noseworthy ... Justin
Jason Isaacs ... D.J.
Sean Pertwee ... Smith
Peter Marinker ... Captain John Kilpack
Holley Chant Holley Chant ... Claire
Barclay Wright Barclay Wright ... Denny Peters
Noah Huntley ... Burning Man / Edward Corrick
Robert Jezek Robert Jezek ... Rescue 1 Technician
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Storyline

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

15 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Stars My Destination See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,511,915, 17 August 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$26,673,242

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,400,000, 10 May 1998
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Post-production was cut from 6 weeks to 4 weeks after Paul W.S. Anderson promised to deliver the film in time for release in August 1997, as Paramount had no other blockbuster movie scheduled for that period. Anderson was working 7 days a week overseeing the hectic editing process while still shooting the final scenes for the movie. After the initial test screenings (which he described as "disastrous"), the film had to be hastily re-cut within one week to meet the deadline. See more »

Goofs

Just before Miller jumps through the closing door escape the fire in the 'meat-grinder', there are several very short cuts from various angles. During the very last cut which shows the fire coming head-on towards the camera, the meat-grinder is not revolving. Throughout the entire film, apart from that moment, the grinder is consistently turning. 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

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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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"Save yourself...from hell"
2 June 2010 | by Mash-the-stampedeSee all my reviews

To this day, "Event Horizon" is THE scariest horror science fiction film i have ever witnessed!

I was 14 years old when I first watched this film on video and to put it lightly...it scared the shiz out of me! I loved it!!! Now 12 years later a finally purchase the film on DVD (ordered from the states as I can't find it anywhere in New Zealand) and I watched it with a couple friends who have never seen it before. Suddenly I was 14 again! A scared child, too frightened to look away from the screen. Caught in an icy grip of fear and excitement! A feeling I haven't felt since the first viewing of 'Event Horizon'. Brilliant! I jumped in all the same scenes I jumped in 12 years ago and i was so absolutely absorbed in this film. My friends felt the same way i did and we all sat on the same couch with the lights off while this film quietly terrified us!

Now I'm not exactly a huge horror movie enthusiast as i find most horror films to be stupid, cheesy and just not scary in the slightest. Horror films now are especially ridiculous as that "Saw" series (when will it end?) is just silly and repetitive which is a shame as the first film is a pretty descent thriller, which seems to be another problem for horror films is that there are too many sequels with each film becoming further and further detached from the original making the whole premise and idea of the film pointless and boring.

Which is exactly the reason "Event Horizon" works. It is a stand-alone film. No sequels. No actual killer as such...it is the presence of an unseen evil which corrupts the characters into becoming warped and ultimately the cause of their own demise. For a horror film the kill count is surprisingly low and no one actually dies during the first hour of the film. It's the suspense of the film and the actual idea behind it which is so un-believable frightening that you find yourself absorbed and un-able to look away from the screen....gripped in fear. That's why this film is so brilliant. The cast is great. It's not overly convoluted. It's scary beyond belief. The story is good enough to keep the viewers attention and adrenaline pumping and the special effects have held up surprisingly well for a film that was filmed back in 1997.

I really wish there was a Director's cut edition of this film.

If you've seen this film and you were not frightened...you are either really warped, lying, or talked all the way through it. i suggest a re-watch by yourself with the lights off and all other distractions (laptop, cellphone) switched off as well and just sit and watch...I guarantee fear will gnaw at you eventually.

And if you enjoyed this film, you should also check out "Pandorum" as it is also fairly good, though not quite in the same league as "Event Horizon".

"Liberate tutame...ex inferis."


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