Sunday, May 17, 2009

Event Horizon (1997)

Event Horizon is always a mixed bag for me. On the objective side, the set design, special FX, and acting are all very well done. The plot is also very unique and original, which should make this an exciting and engaging SciFi / Horror adventure. Subjectively, I have seen the film 4 times, and I just never liked it very much. After this rewatch I can say that I appreciate the craftsmanship of the film more, if not the film itself. Each of the rooms of the ship offer amazing visuals, with set pieces unlike any other SciFi flick. There are several scenes of intense, bloody imagery and unsettling ghostly apparitions that are pretty disturbing. I do love the idea of the plot, I just felt that there was much more they could have done with it to give it more appeal. With the exception of one or two over the top comic relief scenes, the acting is pretty solid. For a dark, sinister SciFi / Horror flick with equal elements of both, it is a must-see for most fans, and outside of my personal feelings towards the film, it is a very good entry. A rescue crew is sent to recover an abandoned spacecraft to find out where it has been the last 7yrs and what happened to the crew, only to find out the evil secrets behind its disappearance.

Rating: 8/10.
Gore: 7/10.



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7 comments:

  1. Sounds similar to Sunshine..? (Which came out after)

    - Zac

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  2. Sunshine is similar, but Event Horizon is much more horror than SciFi, whereas I thought Sunshine exhibited more of the scifi aspect. I love Event Horizon, the visuals are great and it is a really spooky flick. It's too bad you don't enjoy it Carl, I think it is great. Good review though. I do think it is a must see in the horror genre, just because of the lack of good Space Horror entries.

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  3. I do like films with good visuals...and 'space horror' you say? Sounds good.

    - Zac

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  4. There are not a lot of examples to pull from for Space Horror, at least good ones. The Alien films come to mind, but I thought that the 1st and 3rd entries were more horror themed than Aliens and Alien Res. I also like Pitch Black. Jason X is a (very) guilty pleasure as well.

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  5. I really dont know what it is about the film that I just dont like, in rewatching it I know its a good film and the art direction is unsurpassed, but for some weird reason I just never get into it. This will be a pretty obscure reference for most, but the film reminds me a lot of the Chaos Space Marines from Warhammer 40,000 in the fact that hell is the next dimension between black holes and filled with demons. I guess I just wanted much more out of the film, like an expansion on the gruesome images we get in the quick flashes of hell. The thing is, the fact that they held back so much is what makes the film good in the first place. Ugh. I wish I could just like the film and get over it lol.. Thats also where I catch flack in my ratings though, because I will rate films I dont necessarily like higher that it sounds like I should, but I try to rate everything objectively although I will include my opinions as well.

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  6. I'm in between you guys on this one - I like "EVENT HORIZON" in -theory-, but every time I try to get psyched about watching it, I think of something better to watch instead. Also, in my dumb head, EH sometimes gets tangled up with "HELLRAISER: BLOODLINE"... which I also like.

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  7. I saw this when I was fairly young and remembered it being so disturbing, but then I watched it again, and thought it was pretty good but nothing spectacular. Parts of it are kind of hokey and the amazing premise does seem to be a letdown.

    It's actually quite similar to Solaris...

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