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  • Summary: The year is 2047. Years earlier, the pioneering research vessel Event Horizon vanished without a trace. Now a signal from it has been detected, and the United States Aerospace Command responds. Hurtling toward the signal's source are a fearless captain (Fishburne), his elite crew and the lost ship's designer (Neill). Their mission: find and salvage the state-of-the-art spacecraft. What they find is state-of-the-art interstellar terror. What they must salvage are their own lives, because someone or something is ready to ensnare them in a new dimension of unimaginable fear. (Paramount) Collapse
  • Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 96 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. Event Horizon could have used a decent script, but the director, Paul Anderson, is a stylist to watch.
  2. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    Superbly styled in techno-Gothic space-grunge chic, this sci-fi/horror cross-breed is a directorial triumph of reference and homage.
  3. This unwieldy amalgam of science fiction and horror, directed by Paul Anderson, douses almost every scene with glitzy special effects in a futile attempt to cover up a paucity of thought.
  4. 50
    The screenplay creates a sense of foreboding and afterboding, but no actual boding.
  5. 40
    The worst thing about Event Horizon--written by Philip Eisner, directed by Paul Anderson--isn't all the gore decorating the 21st-century space ship that gives the movie its name, but the filmmakers' reliance on shock edits and headache-inducing sound F/X to obscure the fact that this is one of the most derivative movies to hit screens in memory.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    The film is content to relentlessly scream "Boo!" behind the audience's back rather than provide any real thrills.
  7. If you haven't lived until you've seen Laurence Fishburne and Sam Neill duke it out in a vat full of red paint, here's your chance; personally, my idea of hell would be having to see this stinker again.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 7 out of 21
  1. KurtM.
    Nov 10, 2005
    I don't understand the bad critics. I feel this film ist the best horror-scifi film since 2000. It's better than Alien 4 (but not better than Alien 1-3). The horror in this film is not only physical it is also psychological. The acting is good to very good. The plot is simple but absolutely OK for a horror movie. And it's also great to see that african american actors not only play roles as cannon fodder or comedic relief. I think some critics are very narrow minded and dogmatic, when they claim a horror movie should only rely on suspense and thinks you don't see". Concluding I i would say that this movie is way to underrated - you don't have to feel like me and give it a 10, but come on this film deserves at least a 8 . Expand
  2. LauraD.
    Mar 24, 2008
    This movie scared the crap out of me, I'm a big sci-fi buff and I could not listen to The Prodigy in the same way again
  3. JelmerJ.
    Sep 17, 2005
    This movie is just too underrated. One of the very few horror films that provides a truly scaring experience. It has its flaws, but they're outweighed by quality acting and special effects. Expand
  4. May 29, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I have always considered "Alien" to be one of the best sci-fi films ever, so if you are going to steal, you might as well steal from the best. For me, watching "Event Horizon" as an homage to Ridley Scott's masterpiece makes "Event Horizon" more interesting than it would otherwise seem. Of course, some viewers may simply write "Event Horizon" off as a cheap and tawdry ripoff, which is an understandable reaction to a film that often seems content to be a lurid and disgusting albeit visually splendiferous gorefest, with a third act literally covered in blood. Expand
  5. Apr 20, 2011
    Bad acting and dialogue but it has it's spooks and gores. I thought it had potential but it just wasn't executed well, IMO. I don't really see why it's so popular. Expand
  6. Oct 19, 2012
    This movie has a certain cult status, which implies that it has no real status, and let me tell you why: IT SUCKS on an gargantuan level.
    first 20 minutes or so are actually pretty good in setting up the mysterious mood, but after the crew enters the "Event Horizon" the movie disintegrates into a string of horror movie cliches. There is really no story at all, the crew is forgettable (except for the two leads) and plausibility and creativity fly straight out of the air-lock.

    This is "haunted house" schlock in space, stay away from this stinker.
  7. Mar 3, 2013
    This is by far one of the worst movies I have ever seen! The story is awful, it is really boring, and it makes absolutely no sense. I don't know how anyone could give this a 10. Expand

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