“ Anderson (formerly just Paul Anderson, but he changed due to confusion with P.
“ The film starts well, and is enjoyable up until right after the crew boards the Event Horizon.
“ Too many empty-headed discussions about what man was or wasn't meant to know.
“ The music is poor, the "special" effects are laugh-out-loud hilarious, and the editing made a fast paced story seem slow and bogged down in irrelevant detours.
“ I'm not a fan of horror movies not because they scare me but because of reused clichés and cliché characters.
“ Couple this with the excellent set design - the ship is modelled on the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris - and the pulse-pounding moments in the latter half when the chaos sets in and you have one tremendously enjoyable horror film.
“ As I noted the story is really good, it offers a lot of bone chilling scares and understandable, yet unpredictable plot twists.
“ The movie's portrayal of "hell" was riveting.
“ Worst Movie Ever!!!!!!!.
“" In the end, this movie seems to rely more on shock and terror than suspenseful horror, which is disappointing - it had the potential to be an intelligent thriller.
“ Nearly everything in this movie is a cliché that you've probably seen elsewhere, and if you're not able to fully predict how the second half is going to play out, then you've never watched a horror movie before.
“ enjoyable experience for the most part.
“This shouldn't be construed to mean that the first hour of the film is boring.
“ It is mostly a film to be celebrated for its intense terror, powerful direction and high production values.
“ It's enjoyable if you can overlook some of the highly unrealistic and poorly written "drama".
“ The premise is also intriguing.
“ The movie is suspenseful, with some gruesome deaths, and solid performances by the cast.
“ I still enjoyed that part, however I preferred the slow-moving atmospheric sections as that's the kind of horror that resonates more with me.
“ It follows the by then familiar formula: in the not so distant future, a bunch of astronauts (as expected, they're all "types") on a rescue mission in deep space to find a derelict empty spaceship with something terrifying on board.
“ I sat through an hour of it and got bored with same old same old.
“ Slow creepy feeling that makes you wish it was a little brighter around you.
“ Fishburne plays a really good authoritative figure in Miller, though he plays it smart and gives small hints of pathos and self- doubt that become apparent more and more as the film moves along, and it gives what could otherwise have been a boring Mary-Sue character a great deal more depth as a result.
“ Don't waste your time or money.
“"Really, the only thing the film suffers for are a few contrived sequences that feel artificial and over-written and for some admittedly dated sequences that just don't hold up quite well.
“This movie is unlike any other scifi horror film I have ever seen, it mixes the thrilling parts of "alien" with the same lonely feeling of infinitive space you have in "2001 a space odyssey".
“ A rescue ship arrives near Jupiter to find a long-missing research vessel empty, the crew nowhere to be found.
“ Entertaining With Awesome Special Effects, However A Bit Confusing With A Muddled Story .
“ This one moved along briskly, and lulled at suitable moments to allow viewers to catch their breath.
“ The ships are great, the set design is fascinating, the ideas about space travel are new and even thought provoking, the scares keep you on the edge of your seat, and its really spooky.
“ I think, that the only one film as thrilling as this is Kubrick's "Shining".
“ At only 91 minutes & the fast paced feeling I did quite enjoy how fast it moved, though for the sake of seeing prolonged gore & bloody extreme violence I would've wanted it to be longer & wouldn't have minded despite it being Sci-Fi & slightly confusing.
“ I just didn't give a
Practically all of them died and they died horribly but as they practically prevented the audience to get an emotional connection to the characters, it just made the movie pretty boring.
“ The other stand out performances are from Kathleen Quinlan and the criminally underused Jack Noseworthy: the latter's performance in the airlock scene is simply breathtaking.
“ I've always liked the Alien/Outland-esque "we're working class dudes-and-gals in a tin bucket who could die no less in space than if we were in the middle of the *ocean*" trip, and Laurence Fishburne is one of the most quietly compelling actors of the nineties (let's not *just* count The Matrix, okay?
“ Maybe it will be worth it - or it may cause you disgust or nightmares - or you´re too dull to feel anything...
“ By the end of the movie, even the bio-detector devices used earlier in the movie seem to have been forgotten as the descent into an exclusively horror movie genre takes over unlike their use in the more intense sci fi emotive scenes from both Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986).
“ Event Horizon is also incredibly entertaining and never gets boring once throughout the whole film.
“ The plot was predictable and very dumb.
“ But is Event Horizon really empty?
“ I'm sorry, but up to that point, the movie was somewhat enjoyable.
“ In an empty theater, no one can hear you scream...
“ Sometimes the film gets so thrilling that you even forget to breath.
“oh, don't stop reading now, that was pretty boring.
“ Infinite Boredom...
“ Bland mixture .
“ The choppy editing, pointless Dutch camera angles and crash zooms, and the constant, cliché score take a lot of the tension out of the film, and each jumpscare is incredibly predictable and ineffective.
“ Only when a movie is so boring that I have nothing else to focus on do I worry about what's next.
“Still, Laurence Fishburne and Sam Neill are no strangers to film work held together by more money than brains, the Matrix sequels and pointless 'Under The Mountain' remake being more recent examples.
“ The story-line is leaden, the characters are uninteresting, I really hope they all died and the alien was worth waiting for.
“ It's just a mind-numbing video sans story-line, sans character development, sans emotional connect, sans thrill but with predictable and stereotypical characters who manage to irritate the hell out of you.
“ Then, when they want to leave, the ship doesn't want them to leave.
“ And just when you think you've pegged it as Alien meets The Shining meets The Black Hole, suddenly a character turns up in make-up inspired by Pinhead in the Hellraiser series, spouting the same sadomasochistic bull about how, when you're separated from matter and energy, pain and terror become the most intense sensations, creepy sentiments also expressed in director Stuart Gordon's From Beyond.
“ If you like dark and scary sf-movies,then you've got to see this one,it's very fascinating and makes you feel uncomfortable.
“ The thrilling nearly got me out of my seat.
“ I have walked out of less than 5 movies in my life and this was one of them.
“ Frankly, it was pretty annoying to have his humorous character popping up with dumb lines during extremely intense situations (especially one in particular at the end).
“ I can see this as a kind of slower psychological horror about space isolation with a tint of supernatural.
“Admittedly, quite a bit of the dialogue here is hammy, the theme music is simply a mistake, the plot realisation is at times predictable, and quite often members of the "Lewis & Clark" crew seem to act in slightly unlikely ways (the traditional sin of withholding information from Captain and crew being quite well at work here at regular intervals, for example).
“ One of the worst movies I've ever seen .
“ Anderson also does a good job of crafting suspenseful scenes involving the character's visions.
“ This is the only movie I have ever walked out on in my life.
“ It is based on Lovecraft, possibly the most psychological of horror writers, and, like "In the Mouth of Madness," another underrated Lovecraft ripoff (sorry, homage) stars Sam Neil, perhaps best in the world at conveying slow-burning insanity.
“But those are really just minor issues in an otherwise fun, engaging and often freakish and frightening tale of terror.
“ It is just barely entertaining.
“ The term "from hell" or anything like that has gotten so increasingly cliché that it becomes stupid.
“I have never walked out of a movie, because I figure that there must be something better coming up.
“ Truly terrifying, but still entertaining...
“ Like everyone else says: it started with some promise, but shot after shot after shot of nothing but torture, dismemberment, maggots, and sharp spikey things made this movie unwatchable.
“ However it does have it's good bits and Lawrence Fishburne makes the whole thing worth watching with a performance that holds the whole damn thing together.
“After all of its faults I must say that I found it to be very entertaining.
“ The camera angles used add to the intensity; the dark, empty hallways and rooms create a menacing feel, and you definitely feel that there is something lurking beyond, which leaves you in a state of unease.
“ Overall, a film worth watching.
“ Nevertheless, it is worth watching as one of the better science fiction/horror hybrids out there.
“ It becomes predictable.
“ "Event Horizon" is a truly fascinating film, and an incredibly frightening one at that.
“ And then when he begins to kill the crew because they want to leave, all of a sudden he has superhuman power and easily overtakes a man with a sharp knife in his hands, not to mention he has no eyes!
“ This movie is intense, and some of the scenes are (eventually) shocking.
“ The few violent images that remain (in twitchy, disjointed visuals culled from the 'Event Horizon's' log), while intense and violent, are also a fascinating tease of what could have been.
“ Great actors, great direction, horrible story, no message...
“Intelligent references to classics such as Kubrick's "2001" and good storyline make it a worth watching effot, but the "standard" climax make the end quite predictable to the more experienced watchers.
“ The horror pieces are effective and entertaining, complimented by a cool story and great visual effects/set pieces.
“For me the movie was gripping the whole way through!
“It might not seem like a very important movie based on ratings or it's own trailer but I felt there was a great mix of atmosphere ,survival, horror, suspense with Sci/Fi bridging a gap to a touch of super natural(depends on how you view the outcome as it could just be Sci/Fi only) I felt the movie didn't go crazy with jump scares , it creeped me out but provided an entertaining premise as well.
“ End of SpoilersThe deleted scenes (some of which exist in low quality video) would have helped the film providing us with more background info but, as is, it's still entertaining with a brisk pace.
“ This movie in my opinion, is incredible, and is worth watching again and again!
“ But it is entertaining, to me.
“This is a soulless, inept, disjointed, senseless piece of derivative trash.
“ This movie can be vaguely interesting, but it completely throws you off with its, let's be blunt here, boring plot and grotesque violence.
“ It is full of tired stereotypical character profiles (the gruff captain, the odd doctor, the yucking-it-up Chris Rock/Eddie Murphy wanna-be, the eccentric scientist who speaks in mysterious scientific mumbo-jumbo, the hardened let's-get- the-heck-out-of-here pilot, etc ad nauseum), weak acting, and an endless series of predictable disasters.
“ Just when I thought horror films were becoming boring and predictable ala Halloween and Elm Street Nightmares, my faith in the genre has been restored.
“ I just want to tell the truth about Event Horizon, personally I enjoyed it and I'm not just saying that because I like blood and gore, the plot made you think also.
“ Some said it was a truly brilliant scare-fest, others thought is was a zero-star waste of their precious time.
“ The only one that fails is Laurence Fishburne, who looks "bored" where a normal person would be screaming histerically in horror.
“ I disagree - the violence is all central to the plot, which is enjoyable (in a "give you nightmares" kind of way) and engulfing.
“) is just silly and repetitive which is a shame as the first film is a pretty descent thriller, which seems to be another problem for horror films is that there are too many sequels with each film becoming further and further detached from the original making the whole premise and idea of the film pointless and boring.
“ Infinite Boredom .
“ This, in tow with an ending as anti-climactic, predictable and utterly un-engaging as you could possibly imagine, ends up turning an otherwise decent and claustrophobic Alien wannabe into something akin to a 1950's exploitation genre movie with superb visual effects.
“ There are scenes so slow and brutally honest where I had to cover my eyes still.
“ Is the film gripping, believable and frightening?
“ I liked Event Horizon- at least visually but it suffers from the same problems that plague many average films of this sort- a bland screenplay.
“It's a shame this so called 'psycological horror' turned out to be a plain, boring gore fest.
“ Style over Substance is the Word here as the Movie Looks Stunning, Sleek Chic, and the Gore is Gorgeously Grotesque.
“ They are predictable and act irrationally which is expected in most horror movies.
“ Usually, horror works best off-screen, but some of the shock effects, ranging from empty eye sockets to a horribly twisted sado-masochistic home video, are the stuff nightmares are made of, and deserve to be shown in full g(l)ory.
“ It is so formulaic as to be funny.
“ And tough you might find it hard to follow or even believe the story, it's quite enjoyable.
“ It definitely works best and is most enjoyable as a horror film.
“ The atmosphere is cold and uniquely horrifying, and the story is surprisingly engaging.
“ I just saw Event Horizon on DVD, long after it was finished bombing in theaters, so if I were jumping on a bandwagon by calling it a banal sci-fi/horror misfire, that bandwagon has already left without me.
“Definately worth watching if you like semi-horror / sci-fi and with surround sound the sound effects make the movie.
“ By the end it seemed that their horrible ideas finally ran out and decided to fill the last 20 minutes with gratuitous, utterly pointless blood.
“ Sam Neill is exceptionally boring in everything he's ever been in, including this - please, film producers, stop casting this man!
“ It's also very fascinating as well.
“ As a Science fiction movie this isn't great, but it's at least enjoyable.
“ Event Horizon is exciting and crisp original.
“ There are areas that you will be immersed in and then left wondering what happened with a previous portion of the set that wasn't there before.
“ The captains story about the crew member he lost in a fire was a bit cheesy, and the doctors hallucination turned out to be quite dull really, she was really scary, I'd hoped she'd turn out to be something more disturbing than a wife who committed suicide.
“ waste of time, no effort was put into this film, huge disappointment .
“ Add some really good special effects and a very dark atmosphere, and you will end up with an enjoyable and unpredictable movie.
“ Literally one of the worst movies I've ever seen .
“ It's a pity then that the slow burn approach never really builds into anything great - it essentially cobbles together elements from many other films such as Solaris, Black Hole and Alien to name but a few making the film both generic and predictable.
“ Infinite Space, Infinite Boredom .
“ Intriguing premise, poor execution .
“ Irrational "acting" is something that you are used to in horror movies (most of the thrill will happen, just because of that behavior), but what happens here is just about every bad cliché thrown in.
“ This movie has some intense horror sequences as well.
“' But I found it very creative and very entertaining.
“ one of the worst movies I've ever seen .
“ Waste of time .
“ Lawrence Fishburne is wonderfully intense, and the photography is excellent.
“ It's action packed and not for the faint of heart.
“So you can see how the power imbalances, the inconsistencies between referential frames, and an ending of minimal consequence add up to a deceptively contrived narrative.
“ Relies more on shock and terror than suspenseful horror .
“ Yet the film is still entertaining, and we are least given a juicy, explosion fuelled climax.
“ Event Horizon is a entertaining, suspenseful and very intelligent and imaginative film that is guaranteed not to disappoint.
“What we are left with is a movie that is too entertaining to pass, especially for fans of horror and sci-fi.
“ It both frustrating and yes becomes boring.
“ The characters are intense.
“ I highly recommend it.
“In the second half, the script dispenses entirely with the mildly absorbing haunted-house-in-space conceit and delves into the murkily opportunistic realms of psychological horror, a get-out-clause by which director and writer alike are able to incorporate any arbitrary plot twist and remain unaccountable to the audience's incredulity.
“ Then again there seems to be plenty of people who though that this too long and boring so perhaps they made the right call.
“ If you aren't watching this on a DVD or VCR with the ability to fast forward through many minutes of gratuitous and graphic violence and inane dialogue, a terrible waste of your time.
“ Quite an enjoyable horror movie .
“ What really made me like this movie was the always thrilling atmosphere which they have really succeeded with.
“ Hated this film first time I saw it; once I realised its just the film-makers larking around with the genre, I really enjoyed it - complete with its cheesy CGI and modelwork, and the wacky, overwrought score by Michael Kamen.
“The first half of the movie is brilliant: we are enjoying very good effects (especially in space, and Neptune), nice acting (by Sam Neill and Laurence Fishburne especially), an engaging setting, and an interesting plot.
“ Bad points are too much gore, too much blood and it's a little confusing.
“ The original techno-medieval style, molded after Notre Dame Catherdral, is both fascinating, beuatiful, and horrific at the same time.
“The beginning WAS promising but that first impression quickly dissipated once the characters started dying, characters we hardly knew or cared about (again, they're just "types"), all of them butchered in some typically spectacular way, in order to hide the fact that the writing was shallow and the film needed something to prompt the audience from falling asleep or walking away in disappointment.
“ It left nothing open, it was extremely predictable, and there was no suspense.
“ One for Boring and one for stupid.
“ What I personally found quite compelling was the design of the Event Horizon - the gravity core and all the other obscure dwellings that score with their enigmatic nature.
“ You get to see that there is artificial gravity (something that isn't always on), sleep chambers to hibernate travelers on long journeys, a brilliantly scripted lay man's explanation of FTL travel (bending space), and even one I've never seen before: the sleep chambers are water tanks, to cushion the frail humans during the intense G forces of acceleration and deceleration.
“ It is very fast paced especially when they actually get to the Event Horizon.
“No matter this opinion, very much worth watching EH just the way it is.
“ Predictable storytelling that executes morons in gory techniques.
“ A waste of time, especially since one practically has to force onself to finish watching it.
“ A creepy and enjoyable storyline...
“The final act, which should have been shocking and macabre, is daft and way over the top, and although it's action packed, it's pretty boring in the end.
“ I should have walked out.
“To summarise: It's confusing pseudo scientific nonsense trying vaguely to justify a formulaic slasher horror film.
“ The unoriginality wouldn't matter were this an effective or entertaining film, but the script is banal and muddled and the direction is uninspired; Anderson draws on horror clichés like constant lightning flashes...
“Fairly interesting and intriguing plot.
“ I reckon the commentators who call this movie boring are just acting tough.
“ Laurence Fishburne is SO cool as Miller and Sam Neill dellivers a stunning performance as the man who is about to me consumed by the evil of the ship.
“ And with that, the intense buildup of fear that is at it's peak at the climax of the film, never really leaves us!
“ The turning-evil of the scientist is very predictable.
“ The special effects are very good, and this film has a surreal, imaginative atmospehere that gives a breathtaking albeit claustrophobic fear.
“ Cliché, trite and a waste of good special effects/acting potential.
“ Fine visual effects, a good cast, and intense scare scenes make this film watchable.
“A few gruesome, bloody scenes are thrown in for lets-shock-the-audience-before-they-fall-asleep measure and some pointless running around in dark corridors from a evil space ship mind.
“ I highly recommend it for a good scare.
“ There was some tension at the beginning but once things get going it just gets boring.
“ With no plot and no character development (and some idiotic characters, to boot!
“The more gore, the more bore.
“ Not great, but pretty entertaining .
“ I got really scared with unpredictable scenes and a terrific cast starting with Sam Neil.
“ This was probably one of the worst movies I've ever had the displeasure of watching.
“ Don't waste your money; do what I did and get it for free at the local library.
“ Worth watching for the scare.
“ I was very disappointed, having expected much more than what was delivered in the second half of the movie- so disappointed, that I was shocked to find that more than a handful of people enjoyed it.
“ The scientific premise is by now a cliche.
“ Don't hesitate and watch "Event Horizon", a breathtaking, deep film with awesome atmosphere, one of the best I've ever seen in the genre.
“The cast are actually good here and work well to make the second half of the film fairly intense and enjoyable; this is hampered slightly by a rather lame and predictable twist later in the film.
“ Terribly done and about as visually stunning as an Ed Wood film.
“ Nothing happens.
“ And yet, director Paul Anderson manages to give us the requisite chills and leave us on the edge of our seats.
“ Good, suspenseful music, visions of dead people, all the usual stuff in an immersive sci-fi setting and the film does it all well.
“ The notion that ship actually travelled to some other hellish dimension, or perhaps Hell itself becomes more compelling with each subsequent gory set piece.
“ "The Event Horizon" is a stunning ship and the Gravity Drive is a stunning looking device to go in its heart - it's no wonder that Dr. Weir became obsessed with it.
“ Too much is left unexplained, and the whole movie is too disjointed : that's a pity because there were a few choices that I really appreciated, like Sam Neill's character slowly revealing himself as the villain, or the ending that leaves some sort of ambiguity with the last shot.
“ I really had to laugh at how hard this film tried & tried & tried (ho-hum) to shock the socks right off of me.
“ Sam Neil is EXCELLENT here, he is extremely creepy, unpredictable,and is a wonderful actor, he excels at roles like this!.
“ Certainly not the film-makers, who seem interested only in milking the concept for the maximum amount of gore and pointless shocks -- you know, the sort that make you jump in your seat for a second, and then you realize that's all it was: no concept, just another "Gotcha!
“ At some stage one really gets bored as it seems that there is no real goal or solution of the plot.
“ is still a fascinating thriller that will keep your heart beating in anticipation.
“ The movie was hard to follow at times.
“Anyway, the developing of Sam Neill's character and it's relationship with the Event Horizon is thrilling, and extensively creepy by the end of the movie, in such a way you can't turn out the eyes.
“ Personally I think the movie deserves credits for being creative in producing horror in a different and unexpected way.
“ You would think that this would make for a gripping, terrifying, unique film.
“ Not that it's terribly original in that (or anything else for that matter), but its gothic sense is pushed into overdrive later in the film, expresses some simple, not too challenging but interesting ideas, gives you an action climax which is loathable for it being an action climax, but entertaining in its setup and execution, interesting designs (I like how the ship is shaped like a cross) and some extreme imagery and style.
“what a waste of time.
“Event Horizon was extremely boring and barely scary at all.
“ Top notch cast and stunning special effects couldn't save this movie.
“ Decent enough Sci-Fi Chiller that's a fairly entertaining watch.
“So Event Horizon may not have the most complicated plot or work on character development but what it does achieve, is creating an intense atmosphere in a confined space.
“Striking set-designs, impressive visuals, and an intriguing premise do nothing to alleviate the sheer boredom, and laugh-ability, that quickly sets in with this decidedly weak, Sci-Fi entry from 1997.
“ We don't dwell too much on the science, it's just made as evocative as possible for the story to work.
“ The storyline is the worst, but is still enjoyable as long as you don't take it too serious.
“ However, I reckon they could've gone deeper into the whole hell-dimension issue, since I found that idea quite engaging.
“ It's enough to make a man want to leave the nation...
“ The psychological aspect is much too intense for words.
“ The film also contains some of the most unpleasantly realistic scenes around (slow decompression anyone?
“ Things like that always spark my attention, and for the first half of this, as derivative as it is in some of its look and the fact that, in its way, this time the alien/aliens ARE the ship itself, it's different and compelling in how it traces the inner fears and phobias of the characters, reaql traumas (i.
“I found it intriguing, scary (at times) and genuinely creepy.
“ Loses it's edge on repeat viewings but it's enjoyable to watch with someone who hasn't seen it before.
“ Very quiet scenes, with the "Something is going to happen" atmosphere, and then, either nothing happens or only for a second.
“ What begins as a seemingly innocent and boring science expedition quickly degenerates into a white-knuckled frightfest, and the scares are genuine and continuous.
“ The performances are brilliant with an awesome storyline and a thrilling ride from start to finish.
“The only thing I found remotely enjoyable was Dr. Weir's (Sam Neill) explanation of his "dimensional drive".
“ Formulaic But Enjoyable .
“ It's a fairly predictable slaughter-by-turn with nasty fates for those earmarked.
“ Unfortunately the ending is also quite predictable and gives you no satisfaction of discovering something interesting or an unexpected solution.
“ Paul Anderson's best here, Very Entertaining .
“ The acting is fantastic, and Event Horizon is full of suspense that will definitely have you on the edge of your seat.
“ There are predictable horror elements and a few surprises and lots of blood and gore.
“ Scream, it was okay, but IKWYDLS was just totally and utterly boring to me.
“ You'll get more out of watching paint dry than watching this horrid waste of good film.
“ *yawn* .
“ It is a scary, creepy movie that if it had been done to some high ideal of "perfection" in what it tried to do might be nigh unwatchable.
“ This served well in the film's overall theme and the filler tracks are suspenseful and heavily suggesting of just how crazy the film gets as it progresses.
“ One of the most entertaining movies ever made.
“ Started a bit lame, but proved worth watching & buying .
“'Hollow', 'boring', 'overly depending on special effects' and 'not scary' were some of the complaints heard on the initial release.
“ I assure you that if you slow it down, you will see things that you did NOT see when the scene flashed by.
“Beside just said, the movie is pretentious a bit, with too much of everything.
“ Event Horizon has an intriguing storyline (if a little simplistic), the action is relentless from start to finish and you are left feeling that you have just had a rollercoaster ride to hell.
“ The result is a sporadically interesting and compelling feature with stretches of ten or so minutes at a time that are practically flawless—and yet the material that binds such moments together is weak and overly bland.
“ And, the ship is conveniently designed to explode in the middle, which would split the ship in two, in case the experimental space drive misbehaved, but would also doom the crew to a slow, suffocating death.
“ It was just stupid), no engrossing, engaging "OK, I'm into this story...
“ Check out Levithan instead if you want an enjoyable B-movie variation on the Alien theme.
“ While this one certainly doesn't surpass classics like Alien, it is a suspenseful, creepy film that continues the genre's tradition of asking big, frightening questions.
“ Enjoyable Rental .
“ Director Paul Anderson has created a gripping, superbly photographed science fiction horror film that will linger long in the memory after viewing.
“ Somebody said (in his comments, complaining) that the EH ship looked like a torture chamber, well I believe that this was made on purpose, my friend, that's exactly one of the many ways the movie is supossed to treat the fear, with those creepy and spooky elements, equal to a new kind of terror.
“ This scene really had me on the edge of my seat.
“ Many film viewers see the future as being more akin to a Star Trek-like existence, with humanity achieving an almost Utopian society and venturing to the stars unified and harmoniously, and quite boringly.
“ The dark, empty hallways and rooms are menacing themselves, and that helps ratchet up the tension.
“Definitely worth watching.
“ By taking unanswerable questions of physics and applying theoretical possibilities, one may craft a compelling story.
“ A rescue crew is dispatched headed by Laurence Fishburne (whose Shakespearean voice can make even the most empty headed science-fiction techno-jargon dialogue sound deep and meaningful) and Sam Neill, the scientist who designed and built the Event Horizon.
“ "Event Horizon" is a surprisingly intriguing and scary picture.
“ Worth watching!
“ In fact, this entertaining adventure in space is his best film.
“ This movie is a horror movie, but it is boring as hell, and not scary in the slightest.
“ The film is very scary and its very unpredictable.
“The spacecraft designs are truly stunning, and the acting was GREAT!
“ Turns out it has brought some bad vibes back in it's drive, and our friend Sam is affected and becomes uncharacteristically evil, etc. The resue crew get visions of where the ship has been, and it is pure horror, quite compelling.
“ Laurence Fishburne is better, but the characters are mainly 1-dimensional and uninteresting.
“ Forget "Scream", forget that snoozer "I Know What You Did Last Summer", forget all those stupid attempts at "horror"...
“ Don't waste your time .
“ Masterfully balancing sci-fi, horror and action, "Event Horizon" is a superbly made film that feels just like a thrilling amusement park ride.
“ Did it just get bored after seven years and wanted to ruin more lives?
“Don't waste your money or your time.
“ If you are pretentious about film in any way, and cannot go about it with an open mind, PLEASE don't bother.
“ To me good science fiction must have enough reality in the story line to be enjoyable.
“I liked the early sense of mystery and atmospheric feeling of confusion almost like some of the characters were private eyes, trying to discover what happened and untangling a mystery that has been made up.
“ This film has a decent blend of intriguing back-story combined with gore effects that continue to look impressive more than ten years later.
“ Well, this is a very good work, and this movie leaves you with a very bated feeling of disillusionment and slight boredom - what, is that all that this is?
“The explosion airlock scene is a particularly crucial scene where the screenplay and director is able to retain a believable, comprehensible consistency, a scene is actually seems to barely steer away from stereotypical overly dramatic standard of sensational horrific gore like like that observed in Outland (1981), though the final climatic scenes do have a compelling sense of suspense and drama.
“While the descent from science fiction into horror might be considered a twisted corruption of science fiction, it might also be a fascinating fusion of the two in terms of how the interaction between the alien unknown of science fiction is manifested in the human mind and perception and behavior.
“There great performances all around in particular Sam Neill and Kathleen Quinlan, it's not overly reliant on special effects, although the effects that are used are timeless, excellent makeup and pyrotechnics (apart from the dodgy early CGI engine coolant), it's excellently held together with timing and pacing which always keeps you on the edge of your seat.
“ Directing by Paul Anderson is uninspiring.
“Boring and predictable, was my first thought.
“ Intense .
“ However, Event Horizon is so confusing on so many different levels that it may leave you totally devoid of the ability to make a solid judgment on it (as it has left me).
“ Top-drawer actors and well-crafted flashy effects are used to gloss over a meaningless plot and a wasted opportunity, for 'Event Horizon' explores some intriguing concepts and has several elements of a decent film.
“ Even the end is confusing where it can't quite decide wether it's trying to be a twist, a pray for a sequel or just a dumb ending.
“ Enjoyable, sit down and just watch type of film .
“ The CGI effects are some of the best I've ever seen and the sequences where the crew first enter Event Horizon are exciting.
“ Potentially interesting premise deteriorates into a rather tedious blood and guts fest.
“ This intense and psychological driven sci-fi thriller has kind of languished obscurity, which is kind of unfair.
“ A classical "Gothic novel Haunted House"-tale being transferred to a science fiction background with an empty, haunted spaceship - that sounded quite interesting and new.
“ To me that is not horror, rather horror is something that makes me scared or makes me jump – this movie did neither, though I will say that it is quite suspenseful.
“ There is a large amount of slow burning tension, and the looming threat of the unknown is strongly present.
“ The result is scrappy, incoherent, immature, ridiculous, boring and not even frightening piece of crap.
“ When the rescue ship arrives, they find much more than an empty ship.
“ Interestingly, this creates a tonal clash between the first half and the second half whereby the first half is slow and pretentious (which are things I hate) and the second half is whacked out, ridiculous and quite fun to watch (which are things I love).
“ It is a well-cast, solid, and intriguing haunted-house (or should that be spacecraft?
“ The design and visual effects are stunning (although the techno-gothic look of the Event Horizon's interiors gets to be a bit too much - exterior-wise, though, it's one my favourite SF ships ever).
“Starting esthetically coherent and becoming more and more redundant up to the predictable Closing Surprise.
“) tale with an engaging plot where, refreshingly, most of the true horror occurs in the minds of the characters, rather than in the blood-soaked machete' of some mute killing machine or some wise-cracking psychopath.
“An utter waste of time, money and effort...
“This was really mind blowing when i first watched the movie.
“Quite possibly the worst movie I've ever seen in the theater, and I say that having seen it the week after I saw Batman Forever after losing a bet.
“ The reasoning behind this is simple; to get the balance between such polarising genres fit enough to overcome the hard-sell nature of each, such a movie's script needs to be intricately developed and picked apart in order to nail that fine line between crass genre movie and entertaining crossover romp.
“ Now the vessel has been relocated out amongst the gas giants planets on the edge of the solar system.
“ As it is, it does tend to head off at a rapid rate of knots towards its rather inevitable and slightly predictable conclusion far too early.
“ First off, the character development here is so dull and sometimes dumb with a script that doesn't seem to reach to its full potential and just falls short.
“ The psychological horror was intense, depending on how and where you watch it.
“ Creepy and Entertaining .
“ Decades later, returning, empty, and with no crew members.
“ Hugely entertaining script .
“-Superb actors and actresses;-A sturdy, engrossing, and powerful plotline that is BELIEVABLE;-Special effects that are NOT in search of a plot;-A fascinating twist on the idea of hell as an actuality;-Action interspersed strategically with plot, giving the viewer one heck of a MEANINGFUL ride.
“ In fact, up until Alien which came out in the late 1970's, the horror sci-fi flick was one plagued with dead-pan or over the top acting, formulaic plots and dialogue fit to be spoken only by pieces of furniture.
“ uh, want to waste a perfectly good hour and a half of your life?
“ An engrossing horror and science-fiction amalgram with plenty of scares.
“ Most of the events are predictable and instead of holding us in suspense, there is an attempt to sicken us with gore and a poor portrayal of blood rushing over everything in sight.
“ Its actually the most disturbing and gory film i've ever saw; bloody, scary, thrilling and really horrible.
“ Instead we are forced to watch flat characters stroll around an empty ship where the actual "horror" aspect of the film takes nearly an hour of the movie's 96 minute run to take into effect.
“ She manages, where the others fail, to almost make her character three-dimensional and believable, despite (or perhaps because of) the lack of a trite back story that the other main characters have.
“ This makes it a frustratingly predictable movie to watch.
“ While the plot is fascinating and forces me to think deeper than just the bloody murders, the dated cheesy action that was the norm of the time, makes me chuckle and become emotionally detached.
“ I was gearing up for some boring, rip-off of "Alien".
“ Event Horizon is a thrilling movie that scares you out of your mind!
“ Despite all of the numerous problems that are present in Event Horizon, I still maintain that it is an entertaining science fiction movie and it provides several good thrills.
“ Indeed, the film's early scenes give it a gritty realism, as the characters genuinely act like members of the military on an unexpected mission.
“ An eerie feeling was cast by the space ship, which as mentioned before, looked like a torture chamber.
“ Waste of time .
“ This is, without a doubt, the worst movie I have ever seen.
“ The point is not to suggest that anyone should have lapsed into a Carl Sagan lecture on the nature of the universe - those who have sat through the works of Dan Brown will, if still awake, be all too familiar with storytellers more interested in being didactic than genuinely entertaining.
“ The plot is predictable, like most horror movies.
“ Although flawed, "Event Horizon" is still entertaining with great production design.
“ Such a promising and intriguing premise is brutally ruined with over the top gore and violence.
“ This combined with some Hellraiser style splatter and gore - a truly enjoyable experience!
“ about as suspenseful as watching the grass grow .
“ What truly makes this film is the fact that the ship, after engaging this black hole, or Gateway as it's called in the film, it disappears, and 7 years later appears mysteriously.
“ "Event Horizon" has no action, no plot, or even a reason to horrible violence, and the actors are all on the same level of acting.
“ A supporting character dies in a relatively pointless and stupid manner, eliminating any chance of knowing more about the character's personal dark background.
“ Perhaps I'm being too critical of Paul Anderson but all his films have left me feeling empty and cheated e.
“These are a few gory scenes and if you want to see the true gore in this movie watch the scene of the final log in slow monition, not only is it gory violence its sexual gory violence.
“ The movie was entertaining and gripping at all times.
“"Event Horizon" is the creepiest and most suspenseful horror movie I have ever seen.
“well, there was no plot, except to waste 96 minutes of my life.
“ This is one of the best horror movies i've seen in a while, it's genuinely suspenseful and creepy, and isn't afraid of being gory when it needs to be.
“ Aside from the--yawn--okay special effects, this movie has nothing going for it.
“ I suffered from insomnia after that.
“ It's got an intriguing enough plot, wonderful direction and freakish visuals that will stick with your mind, and a really great cast that give it their all.
“ That said, Event Horizon is worth watching late at night if you don't want to be able to sleep for the rest of the night.
“This exciting picture contains thrills , chills , plot twists, action-filled and lots of gore and guts .
“ Don't waste your time on it.
“ It is incredibly entertaining, with fine performances, amazing special FX, one of the best and creepy music scores ever, the best space production design ever, the best subwoofer explosions, the best cinematography, energetic and brilliant direction...
“ Another thing that made me dislike the movie was the fact that there was a lot of comedic relief, especially in really intense scenes and that just didn't work well with this movie at all.
“ That said, however, Anderson does manage to conjure up some truly intense moments, and there are some inventive special effects that help make the whole thing (just about) worth sitting through.
“ I thought it was an intriguing and scary film.
“ The premise of having the ship traveling to a strange, chaos dimension and bringing something 'evil' back with it, is intriguing.
“ From there, the film goes slowly downhill.
“ When the lights have gone down a bit, when a character is alone and anxious, the interior feels oppressive and sinister and there is more than a passing resemblance to a torture chamber; this becomes bluntly obvious later on as it literally becomes one, but for now, it is an impressive world of functional and intriguing design.
“ The film has some flaws.. but an overall really enjoyable and scary experience.. 8/10
“ That's an intriguing idea which unfortunately doesn't go to the peak it could've.
“ A moderately suspenseful "Alien" knockoff, "Event Horizon" is done in by excessive ickiness and a real downer of an ending.
“ This is an entertaining film with awesome special effects, however it's a bit confusing with a muddled story.
“ While visually stunning at times, you keep asking yourself a) what the hell is going on, b) why the hell you rented it and c) why your girlfriend is about to rip your arm off out of fright.
“ This is an intense movie.
“ The *only* way that Event Horizon works on any level whatsoever is as a sleep-inducing miracle cure for those who suffer from insomnia.
“), mundane acting by the cast, and the most awful cliches e.
“The film had some stunning visuals, and while effects don't make a film they certainly help.
“ I actually forgot to be scared, it was replaced with disbelief, and finally total boredom.
“ Many critics were especially concerned with this ambivalent second half of Event Horizon; personally, I found it hard to dislike it, because it was entertaining, given that the movie didn't itself too serious.
“ Any one who says this is a waste of time is too caught on bad trashy bloody gore flicks.
“ The plot seems simple enough but becomes very twisted, straying from the 'alien' cliche and striding into a more 'biblical' revelation (not giving away anything).
“ Enjoyable plot with dated action .
“ Violence with very little plot attached can basically summarize the last 45 minutes of an otherwise perfect film.
“ Event Horizon is innovative and a great and fascinating movie.
“ You can always try to make it more enjoyable by spotting which chunks of other films they've ripped off (especially notable is the scene almost identical to Sigourney Weaver poking her head through a hatch in Alien).
“ And rarely have I seen something such as this.. Event Horizon is addictive, intense, creepy and gloomy.
“ This film is pretty much your standard "Damn I´m bored.
“" The creators have managed to make it as unbelievable and confusing as possible.
“This movie combines Horror and Sci-fi great and gives you an entertaining story.
“ but it all seems so pointless, and thoroughly unpleasant to watch as well.
“ There are some very suspenseful scenes that made me quiver.
“ But if y'all are looking forward to this movie then by all means go for it because I highly enjoyed it.
“We're introduced to the generally bland crew of the rescue ship Lewis and Clarke, some of whom have the nerve to rhyme when working at their stations ("Everything's green on my screen, skipper"?
“ It made all the characters be generic talking heads that only ever say the most necessary, obvious things, in the most mundane way possible, in addition to them having no personality.
“ Those bits aren't scary, and you soon get bored (and a little deaf).
“ When someone sat down and wrote the script for Event Horizon i have no idea what was going through their mind, however, what came out was purely evil, entertaining and extremely frightening.
“ "Event Horizon" came into theatres in 1997 without much fanfare and disappeared in about a week, but when I rented it on video (back in the VHS days) I found it to be a very enjoyable blend of science fiction and horror with great special effects and set design, creepy atmosphere to spare, and decent performances from veteran character actors like Sam Neill and Laurence Fishburne.
“ Like the bad boy that I was, me and two friends decided to tackle this piece of pulsating adrenaline inducing project at the latest hour.
“ Waste of time .
“ But yeah, definitely worth the watch.
“This movie is a total waste of money invested and time spent watching this crap.
“ The mix of hellish imagery and futuristic sci fi is a fascinating clash for me personally which is why I found myself loving this film.
“" The only things infinitely horrifying are this movie's stupidity and its incredible waste of money on special effects.
“ The plot revolving around Sam Neill was contrived and had no direction, what did his dead wife have to do the ship?
“ A Lovecraftian blend of the spiritual and hard science would have made this movie more thought provoking and encourage intense conversations among the viewers.
“ The story is good enough to keep the viewers attention and adrenaline pumping and the special effects have held up surprisingly well for a film that was filmed back in 1997.
“Laurence Fishburne's acting was slightly over the top and Sam Neill did not suit the part as the psychotic, obsessive whatever-he-was, but apart from that, I was kept on the edge of my seat throughout the whole film although certain things were cliched, and had certain references to films like 'Alien'.
“ The story isn't as strong, for one thing; at times it seems a little (okay, I digress, a lot) contrived.
“ maybe Paul got bored half-way through, and subsequently made whatever was left of the flick the way those of us who've seen at least two are used to him doing this.
“ I enjoyed it for the most part and would say it has a decent "rewatchablity".
“) Having each character stalked by a darkness from their own minds made real, allowed a wider scope of unexpected jolts to be sprung on the audience than if there was just your run-of-the-mill toothy monster.
“ But I would have enjoyed it even more (even though it might have revealed too much to early in the movie) if the black hole generator would have been one of those boxes from Hellraiser.
“ There's a reason "Event Horizon" eventually found its audience and is still a relatively popular and entertaining bit of sci-fi horror...
“ Frightening, but also entertaining.
“ And even after it flies off the rails and starts to resolve its situation in typical fashion, it's entertaining.
“ The cast is good and the direction is fast paced, it needs just a few more original ideas to set it apart from the rest as it is certainly a rip off/rehash of Alien, The Shining with a bit of Flatliners thrown in for good measure.
“ Don't waste your precious time with other terror-wannabe movies...
“ It's an entertaining movie with few artistic pretenses.
“ The idea of the film is unoriginal but entertaining.
“ This movie is not for everyone, but if you like dark, scary movies, then I highly recommend it.
“ It's a film and I enjoyed it a lot!
“ Yes, it takes inspiration from greats of sci-fi and horror, and quite unashably in many ways, and the science and ship design are a bit flawed if you're interested in spacecraft construction, however look past that and it's a really entertaining film.
“As with most space related films Event Horizon has an intriguing premise and is also a film that opens up promisingly; albeit it is a tad slow and does set itself up as being more worthy than it thinks that it is.
“In short the film is a dull, borderline incomprehensible mess.
“6/10 - The unconvincing science fiction build up lets down what is actually quite an exciting little horror movie.
“ Lots of gore, and intense horror.
“)and I got the impression the cast were uninterested and bored with their roles.
“ Nice and intense.
“Not a must-see, but reasonably entertaining.
“ Just an enjoyable genre movie that has some forgivable flaws.
“ Although we are given some brief hints of the Event Horizon's journey into hell with the final, squirming log entry, it never develops into the true nightmare we so wish it to, instead opting for done to death 'eerie' corridor walks and some grisly but boring 'Hellraiser'-style make up effects.
“ Enjoyable movie .
“ Sphere (1998) even with its much more tame and for some "boring" scenario seems to able to more effectively capture the alien-horror-sci-fi fusion or Sam Neill's struggles that were more sedately and cerebrally captured in the remake of Solaris (1972) by George Clooney.
“ Cheesy and uninteresting.
“ I saw this on a bright sunny afternoon and left the theater jumping at my own shadow.
“ The film just feels cheesier and dumber as it goes but still entertaining throughout nonetheless.
“ In a nutshell, Event Horizon is an enjoyable rental in the suspense/horror genre.
“ There were illogical action elements that seemed to be thrown in to keep the audience from falling asleep, such as the entry into Neptune's atmosphere, that just seemed to become a non-factor when the director got tired of worrying about them.
“ It is still beyond me why it was necessary to turn a first-class sci-fi shocker into a rather bland and second-hand horror, a sort of (very inferior) Hellraiser In Space.
“ That was honestly most unexpected since I sat back waiting for each person to be knocked off in turn and really just expected the whole new crew to die screaming.
“I can't believe that people say that they don't like this movie,because I facking enjoyed it.
“ In a running time of over 95-minutes, 'Event Horizon' turns out to be a eerie and fascinating journey!
“ It was lonely at home & late in the night, I decided to watch some TV & doze off.
“The design is good, REALLY good, unique and compelling.
“ Sure, it builds up, but then it shows pointless images of messy, mucky people, which really ruin the feeling of aprehention the movie tries to build.
“ The acting was atrocious, and the dialogue was simply cliche and boring.
“"Event Horizon" is a total waste of time and talent.
“ So my brother-in-law and I are bored: 'Hey, why not go check out that movie Event Horizon?
“ This movie is incredibly atmospheric with stunning physical sets (including the mind blowing engine of the ship).
“ Event Horizon doesn't have any, so claiming that all the boring filler (approximately 87 minutes of this movie's 92 minute screen-time) exists for the sake of suspense isn't going to cut it.
“-- Everything scary happens in extremely predictable ways.
“ The special effects are good, the story line could be better, but overall an enjoyable movie.
“ With great anticipation we watched it and his reaction was that it was nothing more than a sound and light show, with a non-existent plot, and minimal character development.
“) For me, the most intense scene is when Justin is in the airlock without a suit.
“ Quite possibly the worst movie I've ever seen, well that's of course second to only Godzilla.
“ What a waste of time .
“ Most of the big scares are false ones hands on someone's shoulder etc but it still had me on the edge of my seat, as the cliche has it.
“ But they just made the worst movie ever in the history of Hollywood or whatever that has nothing to do with the event horizon or anything that makes sense whatsoever.
“ This movie used every horror-film cliche known to human-kind!
“ It's all very unpleasant and uninteresting.
“ It's very eerie, intense and leaves you very freaked out by the new dimension of hell this movie creates.
“ This is an intriguing and interesting sci-fi/horror movie that initially feels like an ALIEN clone before becoming something else quite different.
“ It is also quite genuinely disturbing at times, through the contrast of suspense techniques such as empty corridors and clattering noises, with outright gore (the guy suspended above the operating table actually made me go "eeeurrrgh" which no film has in quite a while).
“ Here's the deal: *most* sci-fi/horror movies rely on a handful of tactics to build suspense, but the longer a particular series of sequels or franchise builds, the more contrived those techniques seem.
“ The plot is very trite and does not leave any thrill or mystery very soon.
“ It was also entertaining for me, a huge Harry Potter fan, to see Jason Isaacs (aka Lucius Malfoy) in a completely different role.
“ What started out as a typical Black Hole, Alien, etc (as noted by my fellow reviewer) to me took a completely unexpected turn when we find out where the ship has been.
“ An action packed, sci-fi horror thriller .
“ Miramax/ Palace put out a similar schlocky but cheaper turkey 7 years before, called Hardware (1990), which is the only movie I actually walked out on in my whole life.
“ The thought of a ship built with an artificial black hole as an engine to bend time and space in half, thus reducing the distance between two points is very intriguing.
“ I was "glued" to the screen in order to see when this movie would "take off", but nothing happened.
“ Because the director and his creative staff are Unimaginably Uninteresting Drones Without A Drop Of Creativity In Their Tiny Little Uninteresting Brains.
“The plot was straightforward and at times, predictable.
“ huge disappointment and a complete waste of time.
“ I think that this story could have gone in so many different directions but in the end the writer basically got bored and used a better films plot.
“ I describe it as one of the most boring.
“In saying that, the beginning is relatively enjoyable although I found the rip-offs of Alien much too obvious to the point of actual plagiarism.
“ I just didn't get Dr. Weir's motivations, he barely does anything or has any meaningful involvement apart from talking about technical mumbo-jumbo for most of the film & then just suddenly loses his marbles or becomes possessed & until this point we know very little about him so for him to suddenly turn into the bad guy felt empty almost.
“If you're looking for a scary and suspenseful 90 minutes watch it.
“ Repeated viewings show that the film has very few dull moments.
“The entire crew experiences intense hallucinations that seem to be catered to their own fears and emotions.
“ It has some fascinating and thought-provoking lines that just transfixed me.
“ Waste of Time?
“ I for one cherish the unpredictable and this film delivers with a great atmosphere.
“ A lot of older films are worth watching again in Blu-ray on these new TVs.
“ And after an interesting build-up, the story seemed to crumble; the frantic sequence of events at the end felt like a poorly contrived attempt to wrap the whole thing up.