The anime re-watch got me thinking about revisiting a selection of films that I’ve not seen in ages, some good, some bad. One of the interesting things about this concept is the opportunity to see how each film holds up today and whether it’s actually as good as I remember or being viewed through rose-tinted glasses. Today’s movie is the Sci-Fi horror Event Horizon.
To warn, there’s likely to be spoilers ahead particularly for those that haven’t viewed.
Event Horizon released in 1997 directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and written by Philip Eisner. I’d not seen Event Horizon for well over 20 years, it was a film that I watched originally with some school friends and recall loving at the time. The story was a really cool concept, essentially it was a take on the haunted house horror genre but set in deep space on a spaceship and at the time, was genuinely freaky and unnerving to watch.
After this point in time director Paul W. S. Anderson has largely gone on to make films that aren’t exactly great so I was interested in revisiting to see if my memory was just a pleasant haze of youthful nostalgia. Even today the premise remains brilliant! The titular ship, Event Horizon, disappears through a wormhole and seemingly is lost before suddenly returning several years later. Following its return, a rescue team are sent aboard to investigate what exactly happened to the original crew. This is the bulk of the film and naturally, trouble ensues.
In rewatching Event Horizon I found the CGI more than a bit dated but that’s to be expected given the age of the film and the fact it wouldn’t have been given a huge budget at the time. Thankfully it does keep the CGI to a minimum so it’s never really overbearing.
Overall, the casting is excellent, Laurence Fishbourne leads the doomed crew with an assured swagger but it’s Sam Neill, of Jurrasic Park, who really stands out. Playing Dr Weir, the troubled creator of the ship, you witness his descent into madness as he is gradually twisting by the haunted ship, projecting visions of horror onto the crew as things deteriorate. The journey into Weir’s delusion is a key driver to the story as he’s possessed by the ship in its mission to obliterate the remaining crew.
Event Horizon has a runtime of about an hour and a half, the first hour or so of that is mostly build-up before things really being to unravel and from this point onwards it’s pretty relentless. Even re-watching today it holds up surprisingly well but it’s nowhere near as gory or scary as I remember. I left Event Horizon feeling it was entertaining and still worth a re-watch even today, which is a positive. And of course, where we’re going we don’t need eyes to see.
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