Wednesday, October 19, 2016

When Your Gravity Drive Opens a Portal to Hell, or Thoughts on Event Horizon

Event Horizon (1997), from director Paul Anderson from the Resident Evil Franchise but also Mortal Kombat (1995), Alien vs. Predator (2004) and the 2008 Death Race 2000 remake, is surprisingly chilling and effective for a sci-fi horror hybrid, though it does suppose that the first moon colony was established in 2015.
Sam Neill, Dr. Alan Grant from that dinosaur park movie and also Damien Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981), Dead Calm (1989), In The Mouth of Madness (2004), and Daybreakers (2009) stars as Dr. William Weir (another doctor), haunted by visions of his dead wife and architect of the Event Horizon, a faster than light space ship that mysteriously vanished 7 years ago.  When the Event Horizon reappears off Neptune Dr. Weir is sent on a rescue mission and that’s where the fun begins.
The exploration of the abandoned ship morphs the movie into a full-on, unapologetic haunted house movie in space.  The ship seems alive, it seeks out the rescue crew’s nightmares, and like all good horror movies, starts killing them off one by one in novel and progressively gorier ways. 
Event Horizon features a crew just as interesting and well-developed as the Nostromo, including Sean Pertwee of Dog Soldiers (2002), and Alfred on Gotham (and also Jon Pertwee’s son, you know, the Third Doctor) as Smith the pilot, and Lawrence Fishburne, 2 years before The Matrix (1999) as Captain Miler.  Not to mention Joely Richardson, Richard T. Jones from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008) and Jason Isaacs, who you may remember as an obscure character named Lucius Malfoy in an all but forgotten franchise about English boarding schools and trains.
Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) remains the gold standard for the sci-fi horror movie, though technically Frankenstein (1931) and even Predator (1987) are sci-fi horror movies, or rather, horror or action movies with science fiction elements.  The converse, a sci-fi movie with horror elements, set in space or the future is a rare and confusing sub-genre littered with laughable examples such as Leprechaun 4: In Space (1996), Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996, it was a good year for space horror) and Jason X (2001). 

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