A group of astronauts boards a spaceship that's been missing for seven years and discover that it's returned with a horrifying secret. It's the year and the "Event Horizon," a ship designed to bend the space time continuum, has been found after being lost for seven years. On board is Dr. Finding that something horrible happened to the original crew, they board the dead ship and reactivate her controls.
Once inside, they realize that something has returned with the ship from its distant travels, something that can read their minds and display or recreate their worst fears and memories. As Wier is "visited" by Claire, his dead wife, Miller has an encounter with a dead former crew mate, Peters sees her injured son, and the others have similarly spooky encounters.
Soon Wier seemingly becomes possessed by the ship and it's all Miller and his crew can do to get off it. If they're fans of horror or sci-fi films they most likely will. R The reason was not available, but we'd guess it was for intense, frightening scenes, profanity, violence, and copious amount of blood.
Masterfully balancing sci-fi, horror and action, "Event Horizon" is a superbly made film that feels just like a thrilling amusement park ride. With as many jump scenes as a roller coaster has hills, this film elicits the same visceral response. First come the screams, followed by the nervous laughter that shows how much we appreciate the clever scare tactics. Listening to the audience react is nearly as much fun as watching the movie, although you can easily forget anyone else is in the theater while getting drawn into the story.
Based on the Soviet film, "Solaris," this film borrows its plot -- an entity reads minds and displays the results with the main character being visited by his dead wife -- and jolts it up a degree. Feeling like "The Shining" with Jack Nicholson in space, this film stands apart from nearly every horror film made in the past decade. The reasons for this are varied. First, it has a general spooky quality about it. When a film gets under your skin and makes the goose bumps stand at attention many times, it has then succeeded at mastering the genre.
The film also avoids the common trappings of most horror films where the people are too stupid for their own good ie. Here, the characters may be hallucinating, dreaming, or are so mesmerized by what they see that they, and we, are pulled right into the scary areas.
Equally compelling is the sci-fi element of the film that will also delight fans of that genre. Sporting a gritty, more "realistic" look than most recent sci-fi films think of "Alien" compared to the "Star Trek" films , the production values and set design are first rate. And there's enough action and general suspense scenes to tie everything together. The film also boasts a great cast with Neill delivering a fine, increasingly deranged role and Fishburne making up for his last action role in the disastrous "Fled.
The rest of the cast is just as solid although everyone knows that many of them are there just as fodder for the film's horror grinder. While this is an extremely thrilling, scary film, it's also extremely bloody and obviously won't be appreciated by all moviegoers.
For those looking for the best scary film to be released in the past ten to fifteen years, however, this is the ticket for the thrill ride of the summer. We give "Event Horizon" an 8 out of This is one of the scariest and bloodiest films to come down the pike in some years and for those who are fans of the horror and sci-fi genres, this will probably be very entertaining to them.
It will also scare the daylights out of most children -- and many adults. Any child who has the potential of getting nightmares from what they see on screen probably shouldn't see this film because it will induce many bad dreams. Beyond the frightening aspects, there are many scenes that will make you jump, and others that will gross you out with the copious amounts of blood and gore. A bare-breasted woman is seen, but the context of seeing her is more for horror than eroticism.
Along with the violence, profanity is extreme. The film does deal with some kind of possession be it alien, demonic, etc Thus, some viewers may not like those plot elements.