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Story

Drawing from Andrei Tarkovsky's heady science fiction meditation Solaris by way of Alien and Hellraiser, this visually splendid but pulpy piece of science fiction schlock concerns a mission in the year 2047 to investigate the experimental American spaceship Event Horizon, which disappeared seven years previously and suddenly, out of nowhere, reappeared in the orbit of Neptune. Laurence Fishburne stars as mission commander Captain Miller and Sam Neill is Dr. Weir, the scientist who designed the mystery ship. Miller's T-shirt- and army-green-clad crew of smart-talking pros finds a ship dead and deserted, but further investigations turn up blood, corpses, dismembered body parts, and a decidedly unearthly presence. It turns out that the ship is really a space-age haunted house where spooky (and obviously impossible) visions lure each of the crew members into situations they should know better than to enter. The ship is gorgeously designed, borrowing from the dark, organic look of Alien and adding the menacing touch of teeth sprouting from bulwark doors and clawlike spikes inexplicably shooting out of the engine room floor. Unfortunately the film is not nearly as inventive as the production design--it turns into a woefully inconsistent psychic monster movie that sacrifices mood for tepid shocks--but the special effects are topnotch, and ultimately the movie has a trashy B movie charm about it. --Sean Axmaker

DVD Features

  • Commentary by: Director Paul W.S. Anderson and producer Jeremy Bolt
  • The Making of Event Horizon, a five-part documentary: "Into the Jaws of Darkness", "The Body of the Beast", "Liberate Tutume Ex Infernis", "The Scale to Hell", and "The Womb of Fear"
  • Conceptual Art: Montage of paintings and drawings of uniforms, ships and more
  • The Point of No Return: The Filming of Event Horizon
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Video trailer

Cast

Laurence FishburneCaptain Miller
Sam NeillDr. William Weir
Kathleen QuinlanPeters
Joely RichardsonLt. Starck
Richard T. JonesCooper
Jack NoseworthyJustin
Jason IsaacsD.J.
Sean PertweeSmith
Holley ChantClaire
Noah HuntleyEdward Corrick

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  • Genre: Sci-Fi Movies
  • Theme(s): Horror
  • Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
  • Producer: Paramount
  • Length: 97 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 15, 1997
    EuropeAug 22, 1997
    JapanNov 15, 1997
    AustraliaOct 9, 1997
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    JapanR-15
    AustraliaMA
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaDec 30, 2008
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 19, 2003
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