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Event Horizon review

Review of Event Horizon

By the time "Event Horizon" premiered in 1997, sci-fi horror was already quite an over-saturated genre. Films like "Alien" and "Predator" saw dozens of low-budget imitations, with the sub-genre devolving into a collection of clichés. But this little film happened to inject the formula with enough originality to become a cult classic. Refreshingly, the film opts on old-school scares rather than extra-terrestrial terror.

It's pretty much a "ghost ship" tale, but with the ship in question being a spacecraft. Still, the film's namesake vessel is just as imposing and frightening a structure as any haunted cruise-liner. There is great attention to detail regarding it's interior, and some incredibly striking, memorable visuals. It's the long, unending tunnels, dark corridors and strange architecture that create a truly imposing atmosphere. 
The film's scares aren't all that original, and there's a handful of cheap jumps, but there's also plenty of gruesome body horror and grisly imagery. These moments aren't overtly gory, but the fleeting manner in which these nightmarish images are edited leave them lingering in the mind afterwards.

The cast is good as well, and while none of the characters are especially deeply written, they are likeable and believable. Much like the original "Alien", the script smartly makes it's characters relatable workmen, rather than space marines or brilliant scientists. Sam Neil and Laurence Fishburn are especially good in the lead roles. It's not the most original film, and it does have some issues, but it's a very effective, very creepy flick. One that ends up sticking with the viewer more than they might have thought. In the end, it's very deserving of it's cult status, and a must for any sci-fi horror fan.

My Rating:  8/10
Added by Beanie
1 month ago on 8 April 2021 13:25