[Poll] Is ‘Event Horizon’ Amazing Or Terrible?!

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Yesterday I wondered aloud on Twitter if I needed to re-visit Event Horizon because it seems that, over the years, the film has developed a rabid cult fanbase. Based on the reactions to a Horizon piece on this site a few weeks back, it seems like some of our own readers are nearing a consensus that it’s actually good.

That’s not how I remember it. Back in 1998 or 1999 I was hanging out with a few friends, having some beers while one of our mothers was out of town. One of my pals kept pitching us HARD on Event Horizon. He’d seen it in theaters and thought it was a masterpiece. Not content to just tell us it was good, he practically forced us to go out and rent it that very night. The first Blockbuster we tried? Out of stock. The second Blockbuster? Out of stock. On our way to the third d*mn Blockbuster I remember thinking, “man, this movie must be amazing! It’s rented out all over town!” Finally we got the thing on VHS and headed back to the homestead.

Now, this was obviously a long time ago so I remember very little about the actual film. What I do remember is the rage slowly simmering inside me as the viewing slogged on. By the time we got to Sam Neill with his eyes all messed up waxing philosophical about something (was he possessed?) I was totally checked out. By the time the film ended I was nearly apopleptic. So was the other guy who had’t seen the movie yet. We both turned to our friend – who we blamed for ruining our night – and just stared at him. He caved immediately, “maybe it’s not so great.

Of course, that was at least 14 years ago. And while I’ve liked a couple of the Resident Evil movies for the silly larks that they are, I can’t say I view Paul WS Anderson as the guy behind something truly “disturbing.” But a lot of people seem to dig this movie. Fellow journalist Devin Faraci told me on twitter that Alfonso Cuaron himself (Children Of Men, Gravity) – one of the few working directors I’d consider a genius – loves the film.

I tried to revisit Event Horizon this morning, but it won’t load for me on Netflix. I do plan on watching it though (and giving it a fair chance) once that “error” message goes away. In the meantime, I want to hear from you guys. Is this thing good? Bad? Somewhere in between? The trailer below seems slightly more impressive than what I remember seeing back in the 90′s.

So vote here in our poll now. I’ll be back with you soon to let you know if I changed my mind.

 
  • Trepanation

    I love everything about Event Horizon. Even the shitty punching sound effects during the fight scene between Weir and Miller.

    • http://www.facebook.com/carolineinthedesert Caroline Gardner

      Absolutely agree. I can’t believe there is even a discussion about this. Eerie, atmospheric and always part of my top ten faves.

      • Xavier

        i agree too.

  • djblack1313

    i know i’ve seen this but the fact i can’t remember anything about it says it’s a “eh…” for me. lol.

    • dr.lamb

      Dude, it seems we are alone here with our opinion…

      • djblack1313

        dr.lamb, so true! LOL

    • Mister-Kravitz

      I feel the same way. I saw it in the theater when it was first released, but I don’t remember much about it.

    • Ravinus

      You lose all credibility as a horror fan with that statement.

      • Xavier

        exactly.

  • WolfQueen

    Same. It’s been years since I’ve watched, so maybe I need to revisit as well, but what I remember, I loved.

  • dr.lamb

    Terrible. The movie has a couple of good shocks, some decent gore and some great FX. But that’s it. The story has potential, but turns out as a very lazy, listless and unimaginative mix of “Alien”, “Shining” and “Hellraiser”. I don’t mind a good mash-up, but the “borrowed” elements are just lazily cobbled together somehow, without flow or tension. The mythology shows some promise, but is just goofy in the end. None of the actors has a clue what they are participating in, everyone seems so listless. The showdown is lacklustre. Finally, the worst aspect for me: the design. SciFi (and to some degree horror) tells most of its story with the visuals, the design of the technology, starships and creatures is essential for its artistic success. The “Event Horizon” looks like… shit. The ship is so ugly and ineptly designed ! Two exhaust pipes attached to a body that looks like some remnants of some different “Battlestar Galactica” model kits glued together ? Pass.
    End of (overlong) rant.

  • Skycat

    One of my all time favs. Was amazing, unique, and original. Loved all the behind the scenes stuff for as well. Was alot of thought and detail put into every aspect of this film and deff deserves appreciation. I HATH SPOKEN!

    • doomas10

      Thumbs up! :D The movie rocks!

      • Skycat

        Cheers!

  • divisionbell

    Even though some of the fx now are dated, I still love this movie. Great premise, perfect atmosphere, and one psychotic lost footage reveal! Nice and dark and disturbing.

  • John Marrone

    One of my all time scifi horror favs. I originally saw it in theaters when it came out without knowing what it was about (just went in), and when the (no longer well kept) secret of the ship was revealed I thought it was all a pretty fuckin evil and desperate, against all odds story. Just had a great atmosphere of doom and was fun to watch. Still is, for me.

  • xXTheDaymanXx

    I don’t comment up here often, but Evan, how can you not like this movie? I hated horror growing up, it terrified me. This was the first movie I watched after coming to like horror that actually disturbed me. This movie is like Hellraiser in space (which technically happened).

    I love all your writing and usually opinions… you definitely need a second viewing.

  • Ghoulstille

    It generally freaked me out first time i seen it. I still enjoy the mix of Sci-Fi and Horror and the use of Wormhole a Dimensional jumping theory.

  • DeadEndMike

    I enjoyed this film. I always enjoy when Space is mixed with horror. I guess that’s why I like the Doom video games. After watching the making of Event Horizon I learned that the majority of the “hell” scenes had to be cut to appease the studio behind the film. The movie does borrow heavily from others such as The Shining, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Hell Raiser. I’m sure It borrows from more but those are the ones that come to mind at the moment. Does the Storyline have a lot more potential? I think so. But at the end of the day its a good horror movie and is quite a bit better than what we have been getting in the theaters recently. (I’m looking at you The Conjuring)

  • Beezle2112

    This is one of the few movies that actually keeps me from falling asleep after I watch it.

  • Spike0037

    @EvanDickson just go to Best Buy and get it. It cost 8 or 10 dollars and use is as a write off. Your doing as part of your job. And yes this is a great movie. The blu-ray really has a ton of great stuff on it.

  • huntermc

    I’ve never seen this film, but based on the SFX gallery from a couple of weeks ago and the comments here, it sounds like it’s at least worth checking out. Sounds like a precursor to Dead Space, which I enjoyed immensely.

    • Inferis22

      Yeah,it heavily influence the first Dead Space. I also love how The Thing influenced Dead Space 3.

  • Tregor

    Back when it first came out, it was one of the only movies for years that had genuinely creeped me out. For some reason I kept feeling like I needed to look over my shoulder. I think it had something to do with the idea of scientifically being able to create a pathway to Hell.

  • Zombie-Killa

    I’ve never seen Event Horizon, but this post has me curious! Guess I’ll have to check it out at some point.

    But if it’s Batman & Robin levels of crap, then that’s a problem. I can handle Jonah Hex levels of crap(which is tolerable), or Planet Terror levels of crap, because that’s enjoyable crap. lol.

    • doomas10

      trust me it is not crap. So many stuff has been copied over. The sound design and the shocks are brilliant and guess what- it is not in your face horror. The atmosphere of this film is amazing. It is unbelievable that PWSA directed this!

      • Zombie-Killa

        ………wait. You mean Resident Evil Paul W.S. Anderson????????? Ha! No wonder why this post has terrible in the title! lol.

        But hey, Paul W.S. Anderson DID direct Mortal Kombat, a movie I can still have a lot fun with ’till this day, and I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen it! And going by your profile pic, I would say you love Mortal Kombat too doomas! :)

        • doomas10

          Yes I do! His direction is out of this world. He used always cyclic moves and very static shots. It is a very unique film in my book and then he went to a “commercial” career with the resi films (since it flopped and was deemed too dark).Yes I love MK!!!!!! Glad to see some love here for this vastly underrated cult gem! I have seen it a million times and know every piece of the dialogue and scene. It is my favourite film. Shame that after these two he hasn’t offer any decent thrills!

        • Spike0037

          You really should give Event Horizon a chance. Sam Neill are Laurence Fishburne are great.

  • jeffreyk

    event horizon is a great movie.

  • flesheater24

    LOL i did that to this lady I worked with I told her how amazing it was and i left out the part where it was so gory she was like Josh WTF is wrong with you. I reply to that with a huge NOTHING. LOL i love this film one of Paul’s best films since the first mortal kombat. I wish he would go back and do what he use to do. Instead of focusing on being like BAY with slow mo crap.

  • janetgrey

    I showed the original 35mm at Cinefamily in Hollywood about two months ago! Love this movie!

  • DBZEROGRAVITY

    amazing! loved it on first viewing back in ’98 and not a thing has changed since then. definitely in my blu collection

  • Necrogeddon666

    Movie is fantastic. If you don’t like it your taste must be in your ass.

  • doomas10

    It is one of the best horror films out there! The 2/3s of the film have such amazing creepy and gloomy atmosphere that you will be mad not having your hairs raised in the medical level scenes! The sets are some of the most lavished ever, the score, and the sound design are just woa….The first time they enter the ship I almost shit my pants. it is vastly underrated and Personaly I love Anderson’s direction. Yes he has made a name of REsident evil films but let’s not forget that he was considered the next talent during the 90′s. His camera embraces the dark and industrial sets and the man knows how to scared you at that time. Sadly he has never return to this form.

  • Lion7718

    I admit I was disappointed when it first came out. I watched it on Netflix last week…and it was pretty good. Like most users here, I couldn’t remember anything about the movie until I started watching it again.

  • Canucklehead

    Haven’t seen it since the theatre but have to say that I both liked it and was bored at the same time.

    I vote for amazingly terrible!

  • EVIL BREAD

    I was really disappointed when I saw Event Horizon. Granted, I didn’t see it in theaters so it had time to become a cult hit, if you will, by the time I rented it.

    Honestly, I didn’t like it at all. The effects were good and so was the premise but I thought the execution was lacking. It wasn’t awful, it was just very unimpressive. I haven’t liked a single movie that Paul W.S. Anderson has ever done. I find it insulting that he has a successful career in filmmaking.

    I find Pandorum to be a similar movie, and I found myself enjoying it a lot more than Event Horizon. I know Pandorum has its flaws and is far from perfect but I find it to be a superior movie, and I actually really like it.

  • Boonraiser

    This movie has always stuck with me since it came out. I worked a store that rented videos and when we got the VHS it ended up in the corner where I put my favourites. I just bought this a while back on Blu-Ray for like 7$ or something and watched it last night. It still looks really good if you put yourself back to 1997. Sure it could have been written better but it was his second movie and probably didn’t have a huge budget. It’s well worth another watch.

  • Krug09

    Heard of this movie from this site only. never watched…. who knows maybe i will netflix it… but i absolutely can’t stand the director anymore for raping the Resident Evil story.

  • ThunderDragoon

    It’s just “there” for me. Don’t hate it, but I really don’t get the hype. I wouldn’t watch it again if somebody asked me to, let’s just say that lol.

  • mackenzie

    my friends and I still reference it in passing often. a very significant addition to the genre(s). i think all involved in the production, art-to acting just nailed it. it’s also very 90s in a way and is aging incredibly well. this can’t be said for many intergalactic films of that decade.

  • mobstar67

    dont let the Paul WS Anderson title fool you it is a really good film…
    i just revisited this film a few weeks ago and its not terribly dated..however i would expect that if some of the youngsters view this for the first time they might find the pacing to be slow…

  • Raphael

    I don’t think its genius or terrible. I saw it when it came out and thought it was a cool atmospheric scifi/horror, but for me it was just like Stephen Kings ‘it’ in space.

  • Ravinus

    Event Horizon and Cronenberg’s The Fly were the first two blurays that I purchased after getting a bluray player.

  • OzGoD

    Loved event horizon for what it was. Thought it had a good blend of suspense horror. However its no pumpkin head =o

  • evilfairydust

    I had a similar reaction when I saw it a few years ago. It was pretty good, but not as “GREAT” as I always heard. I kept thinking throughout that it reminded me of Ghost Ship…and once we got to the end, I was like yep…Ghost Ship! (I will say it is ALOT better than Ghost Ship, I just happened to see that one first!) And there are some really creepy moments. Maybe just didn’t quite live up to the hype for me. Time to revisit?

  • Mr.Mirage

    Not only do I love the film like the slightly demented child it is, I loved the way that the production crew was daunted by several different circumstances in re: the physics of moving in such an environment.

    I know there are some who see the name Sam Neill and just freak out in waves of hate (??? WHAT ever) but seriously, after seeing this movie, I have wanted Mr. Fishburne to run for president. Nothing personal, Morgan Freeman, but if the world is ending, a sad “They failed” is a fail itself.

    My take away on the film, overall, is that one should watch it along with the rest of Anderson’s work: acceptable entertainment, bloody cotton candy for the eyes and good crunchy fun.

    • Darkness69

      I agree. I saw the movie slightly after it came out and I loved it. I’m not sure about the comparisons people make, but for me it stands out – if for nothing else, then for Sam Neill (I love him!!!) – although if you’d like some horror fun with this actor, I’d recommend In The Mouth Of Madness.

      • Mr.Mirage

        ItMoM is coming to Blu-ray! See? Yes, Virginia, there is a Cthulhu!

  • wildgator25

    As I posted in the article a few weeks back, if there ever were a movie that screamed for a prequel… it’s Event Horizon. I love this movie, but would absolutely love to see what unfolded when the starship Event Horizon went to the depths of “Hell”.

  • diapers

    LOVED it. I regularly re-watch it, at least twice a year, as a double feature with Pandorum. The only faults that bug me are some of the science and physics goofs (such as a stable orbit *within* a gas giants atmosphere), but all scifi flicks have errors. I would LOVE a directors cut with all the shit they cut out, such as the copious gore.

  • Mr.-Madness

    I see the movie as a horror rendition of “Solaris”. It has many similar themes as far as a group of people going to a ship that is supposed to bring aid and figure out what had occurred there. And the concepts of what ever “life” is supposed to be present is causing those to see things which are not there; images from deep in their psyche. It does have decent directing and par acting (sometimes above par.) I think it outshines the directors others movies (i.e. Mortal Combat and Resident Evil). I enjoy the fact that the subject matter is taken seriously and not tongue-n-cheek. The gore has an interesting effect. I really enjoyed the flash backs of Neill’s character that involved his wife’s suicide and the grief he relived. One anecdote that stuck with me from the film was the one where Fishburne tells a story about what happened to himself and his crew in the past, asking “You ever seen fire in zero gravity? Its beautiful.” There’ quite a few reasons to still enjoy this film.

  • Shawn-C.-Baker

    I have to say when I first saw this film on video in the late 90′s I thought it was fantastic. I re-watched it a couple years ago and… it wasn’t as good as I remembered. Seems as though that has happened a lot with EH – I wonder if there’s something about the weird way the horror elements announce themselves unexpectedly the first time you see it (if you go in blind as I did) that endears it to you, and then this is undone by what someone in the comments above referred to as its clumsy-ness. Think I need to watch it again…

  • flexible-head

    I’m the opposite way round to you – I absolutely loved it when it was first out, but I re-watched it recently and thought it was terrible!

  • KingOfHorror

    One of the Best Science Fiction Horror Movies Ever!

  • Milk

    AMAZING. One of my favorite movies ever. Much love for Event Horizon.

  • ChildoftheKoRn

    Like most Paul WS Anderson films, the first watch is awesome (cmon, mortal combat…) then after you either A) Grow the fuck up or B) watch it more than once, you can start seeing the massive amount of flaws. I hate that prick. I loved Event Horizon because of the gore effects, but loath it because of the shoddy story.

  • Mr.-Madness

    think evan gave it a fair chance on netflix? he said he would and im surprised hes not back giving it a comment… hes normally so good about giving feed back within the comment section of his posts, which gives him much deserved respect…. I dont think many bloody disgusting editors give much thought to reading comments and reply’s the way evan does.

    Anyhow Evan Dickson, i believe you deserve a tip of the hat for your normal recognition. I’m just confused as to why this post, being the most commented on recently on BD, is not something you wanted to do. Maybe its because there was a consensus among readers, but i think we (at least I) respect your opinion….

    Maybe we (as readers) have decided the flaws are still worth watching the film. But, that’s not a bad conclusion….

  • rasskitbuxton

    Deserves it’s accolades. Scared the crap out of me as a kid. When they find watch that screen transmission of everyone going buckwild in hell or something, I coulda’ sworn one guy is shoving his arm down another guy’s throat. Fark.

  • BrettRexB

    This is the movie that i credit with my absolute love of horror. Everything about it is awesome. Atmospheric, great characters, and some seriously creepy scenes. Although the scares may feel a little dated now, when i first saw it all those years ago, it was absolutely terrifying. And it’s influence since is obvious in so many great sci-fi horrors since. (perfect example: Sunshine.)

    There’s even several games that could likely trace their atmospheric influences back to Event Horizon.

  • fightclubber

    I will never understand the following this film has, even as a kid I thought it was a boring scare free pile of shit. Its got some stunning visuals and great design and a really strong concept, but its just executed so badly and so bluntly. And I seem to remember a guy flying through space shouting ” Im comin mutha fukka’s” Yeah this shit is high class horror cinema.
    I think people get hung up on the look and ideas of the film and how much it feels like Hellraiser in space, rather than it being a really well made strong rich character based space horror film. Ripe for a remake with a decent director at the helm