It never fails to amaze me how many people have missed out on this film. Usually written off as a shitty sci-fi flick, this film is actually a (good) horror film set in space. Though to be quite honest, just being in space itself is scary enough for me.
The story is pretty easy to follow, but is a step above the standard horror film. A large vessel known as the Event Horizon was sent out on a mission but never heard from again. Years have gone by and a signal is finally received from the missing ship. We follow the characters that comprise the rescue crew sent to answer the mysterious call. Folks board ship, find out a bunch of evil shit is going on, get killed, etc.
One thing to note is that this movie inspired the game Dead Space in MANY ways. The plot alone probably rang a few bells with you if you have played through the game. It is a testament to just how great this film is, and why it has long been one of my favorite horror movies. The acting is top notch, with very little of the usual horror cheesiness. What this movie does provide is a strong sense of creepiness that is missing from a lot of the films we see today. You’ve got a bunch of folks stuck in deep space aboard a ship full of all kinds of evil, nobody is coming to save their ass and there is nowhere for them to go aside from the deep, dark, cold expanse known as space.
Now that I have caused myself to have my usual space-related fear-tremors, I’ll wrap it up by adding that you have some solid acting (Laurence Fishburne and Sam Neill star), brief tits, and some solid gore. This is a lock for my Halloween viewing, and I recommend it be one for yours as well.
A Southerner, Billy seems to be the most adult of us all. Especially in that shady, seedy kind of way.
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