Feels like "Hellraiser" in space and it is not surprising to know that even Clive Barker was a consultant early in pre-production. It has a better cast than this kind of movie usually gets and some memorable violent images, but it was heavily cut before it's initial premiere with a lot of stuff removed so I guess I have to wait to see if an uncut version ever show up that may make more sense of the story too.
In '97 this weird hybrid of science fiction, 'Hellraiser' and Brian Yuzna style body horror fell with a thud and failed to find an audience. 20 years later and it's reputation improved in some circles this is still one strange abomination that ignores such basics as plot development and characterizations in getting to its nowhere conclusion. When the screen flashes 'the end' one is simply left saying 'really?'.
when watching this, one gets the feeling that another path for P.w.s.A. was possible...however it's a what if I can live without since we got the latter part of the R.Evil-series........and this world, calling this one pretentious while lauding something like Interstellar. what this one lacks in Hans Zimmer organs it makes up with actual visual talent & flair.
I was expecting something like an Alien copy, but instead Event Horizon succeeds on its own for the most part. To say this is better than Alien, though, is madness. There are some great visuals and the atmosphere pretty decent, but it never reaches the desolate and lonely level than Alien did. On top of that, there are plenty of moments where it just tries too hard to be deep and meaningful but ends up being cheesy.
La trama è semplice, ma ha degli sviluppi molto interessanti e ben strutturati. La mancanza di risposte a molti quesiti giova tantissimo all'atmosfera. Le visioni dell'equipaggio sono realizzate benissimo e di forte impatto visivo. Bello l'ambiguo finale. Purtroppo molti personaggi sono un po' piatti, ma comunque funzionali. Il lato tecnico si difende bene, realizzando delle sequenze convincenti e abbastanza curate
Revisited this. The first time viewed it i thought the last third was garbage but I really enjoyed it this time. It's silent hill meets hellraiser in space. Some shots are great, like the man silhouetted against the blue cross. The guy getting shot off into space and coming back twice was so out of character for this movie. Set design was like out of doom.
Better than Alien. Aesthetically on a level of its own with regards to other sci-fi horror films. Smartly omitting (for the most part) the depiction of a physical embodiment of horror. Instead focusing on a nightmarish mood to match the inexplicable hell that ails its characters. Unfortunately, the final act is anti-climatic and its "positive" outcome completely out of key. PWSA's original cut must be amazing.
"The ship brought me back. I told you she won't let me leave - she won't let anyone leave. Did you really think you could destroy this ship? She's defied space and time. She's been to a place you couldn't possibly imagine. And now... it is time to go back".
If nothing else, Event Horizon delivers a glimpse of the old beast: Sam Neill comes tearing back with the crazy, face of mortified flesh giving it all a low-rent cenobite flavor. Wading through PWSA's parade of "homage" for just ten minutes of wishful Sam Neill madness, though... Was it worth it when you picked up that rent boy on your last business trip? Better call your wife, I think, and go re-watch Possession.