Why Event Horizon is underrated (and why it was bombed at the box office)
The same year as Titanic headed out to sea, a humble little horror film called Event horizon Sailed Through Space, an amalgamation of sci-fi horror action that seemed to have something for everyone and yet appealed to almost no one. It bombed in the summer of 1997, but in the decades that followed it gained a bit of love for being a cult classic.
Far from being the movie that killed genre writer Paul WS Anderson’s career, it didn’t resonate with audiences who couldn’t quite decide if it was too original or too derived from others. intrigues. It featured sophisticated camera work and top notch casting, but was ridiculed as a Ridley Scott scam. Extraterrestrial with too much blood and guts, placing it in a niche category of box office bombs that are actually underrated.
ten Underrated: incredible cast
Event horizon showcases a host of top talent before appearing in some of their most iconic roles. With the exception of Sam Neill as Dr Weir, after his success as Dr Alan Grant in Jurassic Park, Laurence Fishburne appears as Captain Miller before being Morpheus in The matrix, and Jason Isaacs appears as a DJ before being Lucius Malfoy in Harry Potter.
With a supporting cast which includes Sean Pertwee (Alfred Pennyworth in Gotham), Joely Richardson (formerly The Tudors), Kathleen Quinlan (Apollo 13), and Richard T. Jones (the Why did I get married? franchise), their acting quality ensures that viewers always take the content seriously.
9 Bombarded: non-original idea
Yes Event horizon one has the impression that two different films are united in one, it is because it is the case; its plot is directly inspired by some of the most iconic horror films of all time. His Frankenstein-ed story is one of the reasons he persevered, but also one of the reasons he was persecuted at the box office upon release.
According to The creation of Event Horizon, a haunted ship seized by spirits after a passage in an infernal dimension is inspired by the Shiny (but in space), and The haunting. Towards the end of the film, the obvious Hellraiser the tributes also can’t be ignored (especially Weir’s savage imagery).
8 Underrated: sympathetic characters
One of the key elements of a horror movie is the development of characters that the audience can empathize with. This is what separates a really great horror experience from a typical slasher festival with unnamed teenagers at a summer camp getting killed one after the other.
As with Ridley Scott’s Extraterrestrial, the film takes its time setting up the plot, letting viewers get to know the characters, and making their situation sympathetic enough that their fates are considered. As bizarre events begin to unfold around the ship, they are targeted at each person’s fears and anxieties, making them more visceral and deeply shocking.
7 Bombed: too much competition
1997 was a year for major genre blockbusters, including The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Tomorrow Never Dies, and Men in black. All of these films were critical and commercial successes, using elements such as aliens, monsters, and thriller fights, all of which were similar to Event horizon.
Not only did he face stiff competition in sci-fi, but he also had to watch out for one of the highest grossing films of all time, Titanic. Event horizon was forced to change his release schedule around James Cameron’s historic epic, putting him in an unwanted location during canine summer days.
6 Underrated: Great Special Effects
With a combination of practical effects and the latest CGI, the film has managed to marry time-tested special effects with the most advanced technology. It might not have been as good as other 90s classics like jurassic park in that regard, but it has managed to seem quite timeless since its inception.
Looking through a modern lens, some of its effects might be dismissed, but since it used them effectively and efficiently, retaining its bold stroke for the memorable finale, it doesn’t look as dated as its heavier peers in CGI era like Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.
5 Bombed: hasty assembly
Elsewhere in The creation of Event Horizon Documentary, director Paul WS Anderson explains that while most of the time the Directors Guild of America checks that films have a standard 10 week period to edit, this film only received six. The short production schedule and its release date necessitated the first cut even before the main photography was completed.
Promise a release date in August so as not to compete with Titanic Supposed to premiere in September (it ended up being delayed), Anderson maintained a six-week edit schedule despite having to juggle the second unit’s filming schedule. This invariably meant he had to edit within four weeks, making the first cut rough, weak, and unfinished.
4 Underrated: really terrifying
The late 90s launched several semi-scary franchises like i know what you did last summer and Scream, but these films have capitalized on the tropes of Scream Queen and the banking ability of their hot young stars. Besides a few jump alerts, they’re more entertaining than terrifying and aren’t considered the kind of movies that will keep the viewer awake at night.
Event horizon on the other hand, he has a pervasive sense of dread that only gets worse as Weir sinks deeper. Not only does it have several horror characteristics, but it also pushes the boundaries of the genre in new and unexpected ways.
3 Bombed: too bloody
With glimpses of a blood-covered orgy, fantasies involving severed limbs, and Weir’s descent into madness, the film is a gorefest of the highest caliber. Ironically, the first cut even had After gore, including a longer cut of the hell scene, and more emphatic horror imagery for the orgy and death scenes.
According to a Q&A with Anderson on Youtube, adult movie stars were hired to make the orgy more realistic. Reviews of rotten tomatoes reveal that he was seen as too bloody and shocking for himself to be taken seriously.
2 Underrated: Iconic Horror Villain
There’s Pinhead and Freddy Krueger, then there’s Dr. Weir, a fusion of horror icons and yet something else entirely. Unlike the other two, which were played by relatively unknown actors, Weir is played by Sam Neill, who had been the American hero saving young children from rampaging dinosaurs a few years before.
Neill plays Weir as deeply curious, whose interest in science begins to strain his compassion for his fellow human beings, but he remains charitable, gentle, and kind. This is what makes her transformation towards the middle of the film so effective and her complete unraveling at the end so impressive. Weir is a horror figure who deserves to be counted among the great titans of terror.
1 Bombed: an incredible science
While viewers and critics are unlikely to consider Event horizon sci-fi lasts, the fact that it focuses on black holes has positioned it to be criticized for its lack of tangible science. Those looking for real information on the effects of black holes will be disappointed.
contrary to Jurassic Park, where real science was mixed with pseudo-science to create a nominally compelling plot by MD-turned-author Michael Crichton, Event horizon makes no such attempt to be plausible or realistic.
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