Event Horizon (1997 film)

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Summary

When the Event Horizon, a spacecraft that vanished years earlier, suddenly reappears, a team is dispatched to investigate the ship. Accompanied by the Event Horizon's creator, the crew of the Lewis and Clark begins to explore the seemingly abandoned vessel. However, it soon becomes evident that something sinister resides in its corridors, and that the horrors that befell the Event Horizon's previous journey are still present.

Details

  • Release Date: 1997
  • Country/Language: UK/US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Science Fiction
  • Setting: Cthulhu Icarus (near-future Neptune)
  • Runtime: 1 hr 36 min
  • Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan
  • Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
  • Writer: Philip Eisner
  • Producer/Production Co: Golar Productions, Impact Pictures, Paramount Pictures
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • TVTropes Page: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)


Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Violence, Profanity, Adult Content and Nudity)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; could be a very loose adaptation)


Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Dean Sobers at The Quietus, (link) - "...It has since developed a cult following, but remains cruelly overlooked for the milestone that it is – in terms of its aesthetic, its accomplished synthesis of elements, and in how well it has aged over the years...."


Synopsis

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When the Event Horizon, a spacecraft that vanished years earlier, suddenly reappears, a team is dispatched to investigate the ship. Accompanied by the Event Horizon's creator, the crew of the Lewis and Clark begins to explore the seemingly abandoned vessel. However, it soon becomes evident that something sinister resides in its corridors, and that the horrors that befell the Event Horizon's previous journey are still present.


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • The premise of the movie is, essentially, the Philidelphia Experiment - IN SPACE!
  • The original script reportedly had tentacle-monsters from the other side of the wormhole stowing away on the Event Horizon (hints of this abandoned subplot are still visible in reports of mysterious signs of life in the ship).


Associated Mythos Elements


Keeper Notes

  • This film's basic plot (a small group investigates the weird haunting or other phenomena reported in a confined and isolated structure, and find more than they bargained for when they dig too deep) is a minor variation on the "haunted house" story, updated to a science fiction setting, and could easily provide the setup for a Cthulhu Icarus conversion of a standard haunted house scenario (such as "The Haunting").