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Event Horizon (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1997]
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2003
I am surprised at the harsh criticsm that this film has come in for here, and in other forums. It has been consigned by some to the stalk and slash section of the DVD rental shelves, while others dismiss it as second hand sci-fi. Personally I really enjoyed it. The blend of suspense, mystery, horror and gore is supplemented well by strong performances by Laurence Fishbourne and Sam Neill. Sure, some of the death scenes and other set pieces are a little hackneyed, but this is more than compensated for by that rarity amongst films - an original (and if you actually sit down and think about it, quite challenging)concept. On an intellectual level this questions our pursuit of knowledge (in this case technology) and asks us if we are fully prepared for what it could reveal. Top stuff.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2008
I'm an Alien film fan, I enjoy a deep space claustrophobic scientific scare. Event Horizon is one of only a few films that has genuinely gave me a chilling unsettling fright and uneasy dreams - its Hellraiser (or Hellraiser as it should have been) in space. Wonderful horror concept, suspenseful, great characters, wonderful atmospheric detail. Great sci-fi movie, great horror movie.
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73 of 83 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2007
I have just bought this great DVD and see the specification is not accurate here. Maybe other people also can not decide whether buy it or not. I'd like to help them.

So this is real specification of this edition:

Disk 1:

Languages In Dolby Digital 5.1 - English and DTS - English

Languages In Dolby Digital Surround - Czech, Hungarian

Subtitles - English For The Hearing Impaired, English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Croat, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovenian, Swedish, Turkish

Disk 2:

Audio Commentary By Director Paul W.S. Anderson And Producer Jeremy Bolt

5 Part Documentary: The Making Of Event Horizon

Deleted & Extended Scenes

The Un-Filmed Rescue Scene Storyboard Montage With Audio Commentary By Director Paul W.S. Anderson

Conceptual Art Montage With Audio Commentary By Director Paul W.S. Anderson

The Point Of No Return - Featurette
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 4 September 2011
I saw this film about 10 years ago for the first time and I remember thinking it was on a par with Alien and Aliens for pure science fiction horror. Although my wife disagrees (declaring it a stupid film) I think is one of the scariest films I have ever seen. A massive fan of science fiction horror, I found it gripping throughout with very original scenes and special effects. Watching it more recently, despite the fact it was made in 1997, I think it is standing the test of time and doesn't - yet - come across as dated. I am not a big Sam Neill fan but he is good in this film, however it is the quality of Laurance Fishburne's acting that ensures that this film maintains a strong performance throughout. I do not tire of watching this - particularly late at night with the lights out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 30 June 2014
I've had mixed feelings about this film for a while, whilst I like a good science fiction film...the thoughts of mixing in a horror element didn't really appeal. I did however take the chance and picked up a copy of this a good few years back.

The story unfolds: Event Horizon is a starship that has been "lost" for a number of years (7 in total), but suddenly a distress signal is being picked up. A crew is dispatched to investigate what has happened to the ship and it's crew. Dr. William Weir (played by Sam Neill) is the ships designer and joins the rescue/investigation mission.

It's not the most original plot for a science fiction film (but it's ok all the same), the movie was a bit of a flop at the box office and got some fairly mixed reviews. My own take on it is..well it's not as bad as some say and in a lot of ways it's quite good. But it's not for everyone.

Cast wise Sam Neill does a decent job of the ship designer who later becomes somewhat "obsessed/possessed" with the ship. Supporting cast is quite good with Laurence Fishburne taking the part of the mission ship Captain Miller, Joely Richardson as the Lieutenant and a few other familiar faces...Sean Pertwee, Jason Isaacs and Kathleen Quinlan are all respectable enough in their roles.

Effects are quite good, setting the dark and moody scene with some effective lighting and sound effect. The horror aspect is a mixed bag, it turns out that the ship has been to a strange/evil place and the crew were losing control of themselves mentally. Despite the unlikely storyline, I quite liked the film. It falls into that place where it's certainly not a classic masterpiece, but really nowhere near as bad as some critics made it out to be. Script work is fine, acting generally good from most of the cast. Some folks will find it quite scary and creepy, it does manage to convey this quite well.

If you fancy something a bit different and like both the horror and science fiction genre, it's worth investigating more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The year is 2047 and a ship named the Event Horizon has re-appeared after disappearing 7 years prior, in experiments for faster than light travel.

A rescue hastily speeds to the returned vessel after a transmission was picked up from the ship, garbled, but vaguely resembling a human voice.

As the crew reach the ship, and spend longer on it, it appears that someone or something is toying with them, and more, the question is what has the Event Horizon become?....

The first thing you notice is that this is the Shining in apace, but with added effects and obviously more space and loud noises to make you jump. And for the most part, it works very well.

But the script is very bad, and the inclusion of Jones as Cooper is an awful inclusion as he he is just there for comic relief, and feels really out of place in this sort of film.

Fishburne and Neill do the norm and are as watchable as ever, but it's the supporting cast that really surprise in this. Issacs and Pertwee are really good, and show that they are as reliable as always.

Visually it's very impressive, and the build and maguffin are quite unsettling, but after a while, it turns into a film about people walking down a corridor and trying not to look into a spinning ball.

The final act, which should have been shocking and macabre, is daft and way over the top, and although it's action packed, it's pretty boring in the end.

So it's a fun set up, which is quite eerie in parts, but the ending lets it down, becoming ridiculous and killing off characters as quick as the makers can.

Hello to Jason Issacs
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2011
I was dragged to the cinema by a friend to see this movie. It scared both of us to the point that I will never watch it again. It scared me so much that I haven't watched horror since. For fans of horror, this is the perfect movie!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 April 2010
Whenever this film comes up in conversation (which admittedly is not that often) someone will invariably say, "Ooh...that's a nasty film."
'Event Horizon' is not an especially good film by any standard really but it does somehow touch on something which genuinely disturbs a lot of people. Once seen the movie is not easily forgotten (whether you found it delightful, disturbing or just dire!). Another reviewer here has described it as an evil film and I think there is something to that. It's one of those films that in watching 'The Making Of...' you would expect to learn of fires on set, cast members mysteriously injured or missing, ghostly apparitions in the studios etc.
I have a great fondness for this film because in some respects it does 'nasty' and 'creepy' very well indeed...whenever those lights start to flicker you really do start to feel a mite uncomfortable.
But there are a LOT of things wrong with it and I think other reviewers have pretty much covered them.

SOMETHING OF A PLOT SPOILER ON THE WAY

For me the biggest letdown is the plot mechanism whereby the haunting horror on the 'Event Horizon' takes its form from the crew member's greatest fears or regrets. To me this really smacks of the dreadful 'Eighties movie 'Flatliners' (see Edit below).
And that really does deserve a roasting in Hell.

Edited 18/11/2011: 'Flatliners' was a 1990 movie (see Comments below).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2008
If you're already a fan of the film, skip to the last paragraph!

The Event Horizon is an abandoned ship found by the crew of the Lewis and Clark. Sam Neill plays the designer of the Event Horizon who lost contact with the crew and has gone to find his masterpiece. No spoilers here, but if you hate sci-fi or horror, give it a miss!

Event Horizon is a cult film, not well received upon release but a sleeper of it's day. Quite a large budget but never oversold, this sci-fi horror really delivers the goods due in large to the director, Paul W S Anderson. This genre is his forte and he is a director of distinction, using excellent visuals, keeping the tension prevelant making you feel on edge constantly. Great example of Sam Neill's qualities with strong performances elsewhere, but it is the juxtaposition of the imposing girth of the "techno-mediaeval" Event Horizon and it's gravity drive and the claustrophobic nature of the the Lewis and Clark which gives the feeling of despondancy, everything is stacked against the characters.

This box set is the best I've ever seen. It is moulded plastic, but the attention to detail is extraordinary. Outside and inside, it is like the ship itself, shiny painted and linear externally, dark, imposing and scary on the inside. A lot of thought has gone into this and it's a spectacular purchase
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
I bought this DVD after remember how much watching this film on TV terrified me. And yes, it worked the second time too. It's kind of like a better made and acted Hellraiser without the spiritual rubbish and all those cool ghost stories. It's almost like a Ghost Ship in space (not quoting the film). It is incredibly atmospheric and you'll know pretty much all of the actors in it (Sam Neill, Sean Pertwee and Jason Isaacs). The soundtrack is also excellent and adds more to the atmosphere of this surreal film.

The balance between British and American characters plus an Australian also makes this film better for me because you get a little tired of having an all American cast in big films, no matter how good they are. The acting in the film is good as a consequence in this, all of these good actors being up to their full standards. As for the storyline, well, it doesn't get any better than a ship getting sucked down a black hole and coming back with an evil entity onboard which killed its crew and is bent on killing the rescue crew too. The Event Horizon is a stunning ship and the Gravity Drive is a stunning looking device to go in its heart - it's no wonder that Dr. Weir became obsessed with it.

But this film is a good example of how obsessions can become deadly, so watch out. The dark entity starts to make its presence known and eventually takes over Dr. Weir and kills most of the crew. It involves some fantastic scenes such as Justin depressurising in the air lock and some guy on a ship log recording pulling out his entrails though his mouth. Sounds gory? Yeah, it is, but don't let that put you off even if you really need to have a strong stomach for it. The end of the film gives nothing away, maybe because they might have done a sequal. It leaves you wondering if the entity is still here, but that's for the viewer to wonder about.
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