Sunday, October 2, 2016

31 Days of Spooky Movies: Event Horizon

Day #1

Event Horizon

It’s 2047 and a distress signal was just received from spaceship Event Horizon: an experimental craft that disappeared without a trace after its initial launch 7 years earlier. A crew is sent to investigate, but they soon learn that some mysteries are better left unsolved.

Fright Factor:
1.5 / 5 Hellraisers in Space

Gore Factor:
3 / 5 OSHA Violations

Should you watch it?

Imagine someone in the late 90s trying to blatantly and simultaneously rip off both Solaris and Hellraiser. Congratulations! You just imagined Event Horizon.

Nothing in this movie makes any sense. For instance why did NASA hire Clive Barker to do their interior decoration? Why are there live explosives lining the corridors of a spacecraft? And, while we’re at it, why do said explosives have convenient touchscreens that allow anyone to grab one and set it to detonate without so much as a clearance code? More importantly, why does no one in this movie ever shut up?

In its defense there are some creepy images and ideas running around (albeit erratically) the movie, but the filmmakers seemed to think that was all they needed to generate good Horror. Almost no attention is paid to developing solid characters, creating an atmosphere [insert space joke here], or moving the plot forward in a sensible manner.

The only possible reason you have to watch this movie is that Laurence Fishburne is in it. And bless his heart, that man does all that he can to strap this film to his back and carry it forward, but the dead weight was just too much for him.

Although if you’re looking for a counterpoint argument I would recommend Joey Comeau’s wonderful post on the film: “Logorrhea in Space: Event Horison (1997).” Joey generally has a more positive opinion of the film’s strong points than I and his jokes about the film’s dialogue are pitch perfect.

“Oh. My. God. What happened to your eyes?”

“Where we’re going, we won’t need eyes to see.”

“What are you talking about?”

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