Where we're going we won't need eyes to see, but they might come in handy while reading this 20th-anniversary tribute to Paul W.S. Anderson's R-rated masterpiece of sci-fi horror, Event Horizon.
Only John Carpenter's The Thing elicits more devoted fan love than this 1997 cult fright flick, which contains some of the most perverse and unsettling imagery ever caught on film. The original NC-17, 130-minute director's cut, based on a script by Phil Eisner, was brutally chopped down to appease nervous Paramount studio executives and the MPAA, and the result is a diluted, 95-minute gem that still resonates today as a haunting cinematic experience immersed in religious symbolism and eye-catching set design.
More than just "Hellraiser in Space," it boasts a killer cast including Sam Neill, Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaac, Joely Richardson, and Kathleen Quinlan. Shot for $60 million on seven cavernous Pinewood Studios soundstages outside London and released on August 15, 1997, Event Horizon was a certified box-office bomb. As with 2009's Pandorum, audiences were not (initially) thrilled with its perilous mission to rescue a lost deep-space research vessel after it emerges from a black hole near Neptune's orbit.
If you've never witnessed the shocking pleasures of Event Horizon, let me hold your trembling hand in the grinding gears of the ominous trans-dimensional spaceship's experimental gravity drive as punishment ... then direct you to these five reasons why you should peer into the film's absorbing hellbound horrors.
I have such wonderful sights to show you! (And sometimes some rather bloody ones -- be warned of potential NSFW video!)