Event Horizon

Film , Science fiction
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After 35 years lost in the cosmos, the spaceship 'Event Horizon' re-establishes contact. A team of crack astronauts, led by Fishburne and accompanied by scientist Neill, is sent from Earth to salvage the vessel and pick up survivors. When they arrive, they get more than they bargained for. For all its big budget effects and scenery, Brit director Anderson's third feature - after Shopping and Mortal Kombat - is less sci-fi spectacular than old fashioned ghost-cum-horror yarn, set 56 days away from Earth. Walls drip blood and shapeless evil hovers. Horror piles on horror without much intervening suspense. Even the fine supporting cast (Pertwee, Richardson and Quinlan) fails to raise the ghost of a smile to ease the tension. But, despite its shortcomings, this is never dull. The movie avoids Alien space monster clichés brilliantly and the soundtrack contains more of the 'Boo!' effects than I've heard since Halloween.

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Duration: 96 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Paul WS Anderson
Screenwriter: Philip Eisner
Cast: Laurence Fishburne
Sam Neill
Kathleen Quinlan
Joely Richardson
Jack Noseworthy
Richard T Jones
Jason Isaacs
Sean Pertwee
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Pretty much Hellraiser in space, this is one scary movie. Relying mostly on jump scares early on and then notching up the creepiness, despite the slightly dodgy acting by Sam Neill playing the enigmatic Dr Weir, this move is a sci-fi scare ride that pushes all the right buttons. Watch it with the volume turned up for added aaaaagh factor!