Event Horizon

Event Horizon

Event Horizon

1997. Directed by Paul Anderson (Not that one, the other one).

Where do I start?

This film is a treasure. 1 Part sci fi rescue, 1 part Hellraiser throwback, 1 part....utter failure.

So, the premise is rescue a ship that vanished and has reappeared after using scary tech to open a black hole.

What you get is a film that makes you care about the victims and telegraphs its broad strokes WAY too early.

The first hour is amazing. Probably one of the best sci fi horror efforts in history. What you finish with is just a mess. I love this film for what it attempted. It boasts a somewhat diverse cast of blue collar victims and hey, Jack Noseworthy!

It has an interesting mythology, which I respect, but man does it fall on it's face with the execution. The idea of hell being the next dimension and the pay off for our scientific efforts is intriguing, but sadly the film goes the route of slasher flick to make the point.

The set pieces are amazing, the sound editing is top notch, but everything falls apart amidst the insanity of the final act. I'm staying vague here in case someone has actually not seen this.

Available on Netflix.

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