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Event Horizon

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson
Produced by Jeremy Bolt
Lawrence Gordon
Lloyd Levin
Written by Philip Eisner
Uncredited:
Andrew Kevin Walker
Starring Laurence Fishburne
Sam Neill
Kathleen Quinlan
Joely Richardson
Music by Michael Kamen
Cinematography Adrian Biddle
Editing by Martin Hunter
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) Flag of the United States August 15, 1997
Flag of the United Kingdom August 22, 1997
Running time 96 min
Country USA/UK
Language English
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile
Ratings
Australia:  MA15+
United Kingdom:  18
United States:  R

Event Horizon is a 1997 science fiction horror film that was directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and written by Philip Eisner (with an uncredited rewrite by Andrew Kevin Walker). Although it did not do well at the box office upon its release, it has since been considered by some as a cult film. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 398 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (501 × 755 pixel, file size: 62 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is of a poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher or the creator of the work depicted. ... Paul Wank Stain Anderson (born March 4, 1965 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England) is a film director who regularly works in sci-fi movies and video game adaptations. ... Jeremy Bolt is a British film-producer who often works with Paul W. S. Anderson at Impact Films. ... Lawrence Gordon (born March 25, 1936 in Yazoo City, Mississippi) is an American producer and motion picture executive. ... Lloyd Levin is an award-winning film producer. ... Screenwriter for the 1997 science fiction/horror gorefest Event Horizon (which spent five years in limbo before being sold to Paramount and helmed by director Paul Anderson). ... Andrew Kevin Walker (born August 14, 1964) is an American BAFTA-nominated screenwriter. ... Laurence John Fishburne III[1] (born July 30, 1961) is an American Academy Award-nominated, Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actor of screen and stage, as well as playwright, director, and producer. ... Sam Neill (born Nigel John Dermot Neill), DCNZM, OBE (born 14 September 1947) is a New Zealand-Australian film and television actor, and owner of the Two Paddocks winery in Central Otago. ... Kathleen Denise Quinlan (born November 19, 1954) is an Oscar nominated American actress, mostly seen on television and in motion pictures. ... Joely Kim Richardson (born 9 January 1965) is an English actress. ... Michael Kamen (April 15, 1948 – November 18, 2003) was an American composer (especially of film scores), orchestral arranger, orchestral conductor, song writer, and session musician. ... Adrian Biddle, (July 20, 1952 – December 7, 2005), was an English cinematographer. ... Martin Hunter is Norwich City First Team coach and took up the role on July 26, 2006. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 227th day of the year (228th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... is the 234th day of the year (235th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... A motion picture rating system categorizes films with regard to suitability for children and/or adults in terms of issues such as sex, violence and profanity. ... British Board of Film Classification logo The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), originally British Board of Film Censors, is the organisation responsible for film and some video game classification and censorship within the United Kingdom. ... The MPAA film rating system is a system used in the United States and territories and instituted by the Motion Picture Association of America to rate a movie based on its content. ... The year 1997 in film involved some significant events. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... “Horror Movie” redirects here. ... Paul Wank Stain Anderson (born March 4, 1965 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England) is a film director who regularly works in sci-fi movies and video game adaptations. ... Screenwriter for the 1997 science fiction/horror gorefest Event Horizon (which spent five years in limbo before being sold to Paramount and helmed by director Paul Anderson). ... Andrew Kevin Walker (born August 14, 1964) is an American BAFTA-nominated screenwriter. ... A cult film is a film that has acquired a highly devoted but relatively small group of fans. ...

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Plot summary

56 days to reach Neptune

In the year 2047, faint radio signals from the starship Event Horizon, which has disappeared under mysterious circumstances seven years earlier, are picked up on Earth. The ship has been found in a decaying orbit around the planet Neptune, and the rescue ship Lewis and Clark is dispatched to investigate. The crew, which includes the Event Horizon's designer, Dr. William Weir (Sam Neill), must spend a 56-day journey in stasis in order to reach the ship. Image File history File links Eventstasis. ... Image File history File links Eventstasis. ... Atmospheric characteristics Surface pressure ≫100 MPa Hydrogen - H2 80% ±3. ... Sam Neill (born Nigel John Dermot Neill), DCNZM, OBE (born 14 September 1947) is a New Zealand-Australian film and television actor, and owner of the Two Paddocks winery in Central Otago. ... Stasis (IPA: ), or hypersleep, is a science fiction concept akin to suspended animation. ...


Upon reaching the Event Horizon, Dr. Weir explains what really happened to the ship. The Event Horizon was a top secret prototype vessel equipped with an experimental gravity drive. The drive, designed to fold space-time and create an artificial wormhole, would have allowed the ship to traverse great distances instantaneously. However, during the test run, which was set for Proxima Centauri (the next closest star to our Sun), it vanished without a trace. Scans of the vessel reveal it is devoid of human life, though incomprehensible readings come up during the scans. The crew dismisses it as an equipment malfunction and search for Event Horizon's crew. Faster-than-light (also superluminal or FTL) communications and travel are staples of the science fiction genre. ... In special relativity and general relativity, time and three-dimensional space are treated together as a single four-dimensional pseudo-Riemannian manifold called spacetime. ... For other uses, see Wormhole (disambiguation). ... Proxima Centauri (Latin proximus, -a, -um: meaning next to or nearest to)[4] is a red dwarf star that is likely a part of the Alpha Centauri star system and is the nearest star to the Sun at a distance of 4. ... Standards Of Learning SOL stands for The Standards Of Learning. ...

The Event Horizon in orbit above Neptune.

As they explore the ship, whose artificial gravity and heating systems are offline, Engineer Justin (Jack Noseworthy) finds his way to the vessel's gravity drive. The drive inexplicably activates, producing a black, liquid-like mirror within its core; Justin, in his curiosity, touches it and is sucked inside. At the same time, the drive produces a large shock wave, damaging the Lewis and Clark. Technician Cooper (Richard T. Jones) manages to pull Justin out of the gravity drive, but he is catatonic. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 336 pixel Image in higher resolution (852 × 358 pixel, file size: 27 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is a self taken screen capture from the film Event Horizon. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 336 pixel Image in higher resolution (852 × 358 pixel, file size: 27 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is a self taken screen capture from the film Event Horizon. ... Jack Noseworthy (born December 21, 1964) is an American actor whose most visible movie role may have been in U-571. ... Introduction The shock wave is one of several different ways in which a gas in a supersonic flow can be compressed. ... Richard T. Jones (born January 16, 1972 in Kobe, Japan) is an American actor. ... This is a page about catatonic state. ...


The damage to the Lewis and Clark forces Captain Miller (Laurence Fishburne) to transfer the crew over into the Event Horizon while they effect repairs. Although they are able to reactivate the Event Horizon's systems, the ship only has 20 hours' worth of usable oxygen on board. Shortly after this discovery, Justin emerges from his catatonia and, seemingly possessed, tries to eject himself into space through an airlock. Medical Technician Peters (Kathleen Quinlan) attempts to reason with him, but what Justin saw while within the gravity drive has driven him to suicide "If you had seen the things I've seen you wouldn't try to stop me". Though he ejects himself despite her pleas, Captain Miller manages to rescue him. Laurence John Fishburne III[1] (born July 30, 1961) is an American Academy Award-nominated, Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actor of screen and stage, as well as playwright, director, and producer. ... General Name, symbol, number oxygen, O, 8 Chemical series nonmetals, chalcogens Group, period, block 16, 2, p Appearance colorless (gas) pale blue (liquid) Standard atomic weight 15. ... A glovebox for handling air-sensitive substances. ... Kathleen Denise Quinlan (born November 19, 1954) is an Oscar nominated American actress, mostly seen on television and in motion pictures. ...


Following Justin's suicide attempt, everyone onboard the Event Horizon begins experiencing horrible visions, their nightmares brought to life by some malevolent force. They soon discover a degraded ship log which explains what happened. In their attempt to reach Proxima Centauri, the crew of the Event Horizon had actually created a gateway to an alternate dimension considered by them to be analogous to Hell. The crew killed each other upon being exposed to this horror. At the end of the recoverable portion of the log, the Event Horizon's captain, who has torn out his own eyes, leaves a cryptic message in Latin, initially heard as Liberate me ("Save me") but later more clearly interpreted as Liberate tutemet ex inferis ("Save yourself from Hell"). The latter interpretation stems from the fact that, wherever they went, they brought something back which is intent on going home, preferably with the crew in tow. This article is about the theological or philosophical afterlife. ... surgical removal of the eye This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ...


With this revelation, Captain Miller decides to destroy the ship. To prevent this, the ship manages to corrupt Dr. Weir by forcing him to relive his wife's suicide. Weir demands that Miller not destroy the Event Horizon, but Miller refuses. Weir retreats into the ship, and, like the deceased captain before him, gouges his eyes out. He explains that they won't need eyes where they're going.


Weir destroys the Lewis and Clark and brutally kills several of the crew members who try to stop him from activating the gravity drive. Weir engages the ship's gravity drive on a 10-minute countdown to initiation in order to return the ship to "Hell", but is subsequently blown out into space by a ruptured window. In order to save his crew, Miller begins to activate the explosives in the "neck" of the ship, which will propel the command module away from Neptune while simultaneously leaving the drive section to fall into the wormhole created by the gravity drive. Miller manages to arm the explosives, but is forced into the drive section by a vision of his friend who burned to death. Miller manages to overcome the vision, revealing his burned comrade to be a mutilated Dr. Weir (with his eyes restored), who has been brought back by the ship "I told you, she won't let me leave, she won't let anyone leave". Miller uses a remote trigger to detonate the explosives, sending his crew to safety while he and Weir fall into "Hell" together.


Lieutenant Starck (Joely Richardson) and Cooper, together with the comatose Justin, survive the ordeal. When a second rescue team arrives for them, Starck is tormented by yet another nightmare, but this is merely a delirium(same as Dr. Weir has in the beggining of the movie, suggesting that the evil is now within Starck), and it is revealed that they have indeed been rescued. As the camera pulls out through the door to the rescue ship, the door on the Event Horizon's side begins to slowly close. Joely Kim Richardson (born 9 January 1965) is an English actress. ... This article is about the mental state and medical condition. ...


Cast

Laurence John Fishburne III[1] (born July 30, 1961) is an American Academy Award-nominated, Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actor of screen and stage, as well as playwright, director, and producer. ... Sam Neill (born Nigel John Dermot Neill), DCNZM, OBE (born 14 September 1947) is a New Zealand-Australian film and television actor, and owner of the Two Paddocks winery in Central Otago. ... Kathleen Denise Quinlan (born November 19, 1954) is an Oscar nominated American actress, mostly seen on television and in motion pictures. ... Joely Kim Richardson (born 9 January 1965) is an English actress. ... Richard T. Jones (born January 16, 1972 in Kobe, Japan) is an American actor. ... Jack Noseworthy (born December 21, 1964) is an American actor whose most visible movie role may have been in U-571. ... Jason Isaacs (born 6 June 1963) is a British actor. ... Sean Pertwee (born June 4, 1964) is a British actor. ... Peter Marinker is a voice actor well known for his role as Kiichi Goto in the Patlabor series. ... Noah Huntley is an actor, probably most famous for his minor role in the feature film 28 Days Later. ... Robert Jezek is a British actor who plays the part of the companion Frobisher in a range of audio dramas by Big Finish Productions based on the BBC television series Doctor Who. ...

Production and design

The first draft of Philip Eisner's screenplay was written in 1992. The film borrows elements from others in the science fiction and horror genres, such as Stanisław Lem's Solaris, 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010: The Year We Make Contact, Alien, Aliens, Forbidden Planet, The Haunting, Disney's The Black Hole, The Shining, Flatliners and Hellraiser. For instance, the interior of Lewis and Clark was inspired by the starship Nostromo from Alien. The film is thematically similar to The Haunting and The Shining, complete with the added homage of a tidal wave of blood. Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... StanisÅ‚aw Lem ( , September 12, 1921 – March 27, 2006) was a Polish science fiction, philosophical and satirical writer. ... Solaris (Russian: , Solyaris) is a 1972 Soviet film based on the novel Solaris by Polish author StanisÅ‚aw Lem. ... (Redirected from 2010: The Year We Make Contact) 2010: Odyssey Two, is a science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke (January 1982) and also a motion picture (1984) by Peter Hyams entitled simply 2010, or sometimes 2010: The Year We Make Contact. ... This article is about the first film in a series. ... Aliens is a 1986 science fiction/action/horror film starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Carrie Henn, Bill Paxton and Paul Reiser. ... This article is about the 1956 film. ... The Haunting is a 1963 horror film directed by Robert Wise and adapted by Nelson Gidding from the novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. ... Disney may refer to: The Walt Disney Company and its divisions, including Walt Disney Pictures. ... The Black Hole is a 1979 science fiction movie directed for Walt Disney Productions by Gary Nelson. ... For other uses of this term, see Shining. ... Flatliners is a 1990 movie starring Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt as medical students experimenting with near-death experiences. ... For other topics with similar names, see Hellraiser (disambiguation). ... USCSS The Nostromo is a fictional starship, featured in the 1979 film Alien. ...


In keeping with the naturalistic science fiction setting of the film, costumes are based upon present day flight suits complete with shoulder patches and modified navy rank insignia. The sailing ship in the center of the Lewis and Clark's mission patch is a United States Coast Guard Cutter in reference to the ship's search and rescue role. A flight suit worn by an SR-71 Blackbird pilot, now in an Air Force museum. ... A Shoulder Patch, officially known as a Shoulder Sleeve Insignia (SSI) by the US Institute for Heraldry, is a multi-colored or subdued heraldic device that uniquely identifies the major unit the soldier belongs to. ... Apollo 11 mission patch A mission patch is a cloth badge worn by astronauts and other personnel affiliated with a manned or unmanned space mission. ... A Cutter is a United States Coast Guard vessel 65 feet in length or greater, having adequate accommodations for crew to live on board. ... Search and Rescue (acronym SAR) is an operation mounted by emergency services, often well-trained volunteers, to find someone believed to be in distress, lost, sick or injured either in a remote or difficult to access area, such as mountains, desert or forest (Wilderness search and rescue), or at sea...

Proposed Australian flag worn by Dr. Weir.
Proposed Australian flag worn by Dr. Weir.

The flag depicted on Dr. Weir's uniform is a variation of the flag of Australia with the Aboriginal flag replacing the Union Flag. Other crewmembers also have modified flags on their uniforms to suggest political change prior to 2047; one shows the flag of the United States with fifty-five stars, while another shows the European Union flag with an extra circle of stars within the original one, suggesting an enlarged Union, although in reality the European flag has a fixed number of 12 stars deliberately lacking political connotations. Image File history File links Flag_of_Australia_with_Aboriginal_flag_replacing_Union_flag. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Australia_with_Aboriginal_flag_replacing_Union_flag. ... The current Australian flag The Australian flag debate is a low-key but persistent debate over whether the Australian flag should be changed in order to remove the Union Flag from the canton, often in connection with the issue of republicanism in Australia. ... National flag and state ensign. ... The Australian Aboriginal flag Flag ratio: 2:3 The Australian Aboriginal flag is a flag that was initially used by Indigenous Australians in their struggle for land rights in Australia, but whose use has now expanded as a symbol of the Aboriginal people. ... “Union Jack” redirects here. ... 2047 (MMXLVII) will be a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Union Jack. ... European flag The European flag consists of a circle of twelve golden stars on a blue background. ...


After releasing the highly successful Mortal Kombat in 1995 Anderson was offered the movie. The release-date had already been set and Anderson agreed to do the movie, despite that the deadline meant that the post-production period was severely reduced. On the commentary Anderson cited this as the main-cause for the many troubles faced during production and especially when Anderson was to make decisions on the final cut. Mortal Kombat is a 1995 action movie, directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. ...


On the commentary Anderson mentioned his wish to direct an R rated picture after the PG-13 rated Mortal Kombat and mentioned he turned down the opportunity to direct X-Men in order to make Event Horizon. The MPAA film rating system is a system used in the United States and instituted by the Motion Picture Association of America to rate a movie based on its content. ... The MPAA film rating system is a system used in the United States and instituted by the Motion Picture Association of America to rate a movie based on its content. ... X-Men is a 2000 superhero film based upon the fictional characters the X-Men. ...


Anderson claims that his initial cut of the film, before the visual effects had been completed, ran to about 130 minutes in length. The film was even more graphic in this incarnation, and both test audiences and the studio were unnerved by the gore. Paramount ordered Anderson to cut the film by 30 minutes and delete some of the violence, a decision that he regrets. Some of the lost scenes were offered as special features but were taken from poor-quality video tape as the studio had little interest in keeping unused footage and the original film has been lost.[1]


Soundtrack

DVD cover for the film

The score of the film was written and performed by Orbital and Michael Kamen. The end credit theme was the song "Funky Shit" by Prodigy. The movie has been extensively sampled by many bands, notably on Zao's 1999 album, Liberate Te Ex Inferis, (a phrase which is similar to one that occurs in the dialog of Event Horizon), and Massachusetts Death/grind band Terminally Your Aborted Ghost (sampling "Where we're going, we won't need eyes to see"). Finnish black metal band Flauros has also used that dialog on their song "Monuments of Weakness" Several samples also appear in the song "The Technogoat" from The Codex Necro album by Anaal Nathrakh as well as on The Ichneumon Method album by The Axis of Perdition, the song "Fun with Knives" (from the album of the same name) and "The Dark Inside Me" by Velvet Acid Christ and on the song "Age of Suffering" by Norwegian death metal band Bloodthorn from the album Under the Reign of Terror. Popular trance producer John Graham under the alias Space Manoeuvres created the track "Stage One" which took samples from the theatrical trailer of the film. Industrial band Front Line Assembly also made liberal use of such samples on its Implode album, most notably on the track "Synthetic Forms."The phrase "have you ever seen a fire in zero gravity? It's beautiful" was sampled by drum and bass producer Dom And Roland in 2001. Image File history File links Eventhorizonpic. ... Image File history File links Eventhorizonpic. ... Orbital was an English techno duo from 1989 until 2004, consisting of brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll. ... Michael Kamen (April 15, 1948 – November 18, 2003) was an American composer (especially of film scores), orchestral arranger, orchestral conductor, song writer, and session musician. ... Look up prodigy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses of the term zao, see Zao (disambiguation). ... This article is about the year. ... Liberate Te Ex Inferis is the fourth full length album by Zao. ... Anaal Nathrakh are a British metal band formed in 1999 who fuse industrial and grindcore elements onto an underlying black metal style. ... The Axis of Perdition is a British cinematic industrial black metal band, from Middlesbrough. ... Velvet Acid Christ (VAC) is an electro-industrial band based in the Denver, Colorado area of the United States. ... This article is about the musical genre. ... Bloodthorn is a norwegian death metal band. ... Trance is a style of electronic music that developed in the 1990s. ... A UK producer also known as Quivver. ... A musical collaboration between John Graham and Lea Kenny. ... Front Line Assembly (also known by the acronym FLA) is a Canadian electro-industrial band formed in 1986 by Bill Leeb and Michael Balch after Leeb left Skinny Puppy. ...


References

  1. ^ Special Edition DVD Commentary

External links


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