Science fiction and fantasy
directed by Paul Anderson
The Event Horizon is a dark, gothic castle of a spaceship, full of spiky embellishments and arcane machines. There's an enjoyable atmosphere of suspense as the crew battle for survival against sinister forces on the ship. As the horror builds up crew members start to hallucinate. Blood and gore slick the walls as Paul Anderson finds creative ways to slice, dice and blow up the cast.
Event Horizon is a Faustian warning about overreaching scientists and engineers meddling in matters they know nothing about, and have no business finding out. For the most part it's convincingly terrifying. But towards the end of the film it goes too far, almost becoming a parody of a horror movie.
Richard T. Jones is amusing as the cheeky rescue technician Cooper. The rest of the cast offer solid performances in their more serious roles, although Sam Neill chews through some ham in the final scenes, thanks to dialogue that does get quite silly. Nevertheless this is a reasonable space horror with an interesting look and plenty of splattery thrills.
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