When the calendar page turns to October, we Rejects have only one thought: horror. To celebrate this grandest and darkest of months, we’ll cover one excellent horror film a day for the entirety of the month. That’s 31 Days of Horror and 31 Films perfect for viewing on a dark, chilly, October night. If you, like us, love horror and Halloween, give us a Hell Yeah and keep coming every day this month for a new dose of adrenaline.
Synopsis: Before the bulk of the interwebs started a lynch mob for Paul W.S. Anderson, he directed this sci-fi horror flick about a space ship that goes to hell and back. In the year 2047, Earth receives a signal from the Event Horizon, a ship that uses an artificial black hole to travel to the farthest reaches of the universe. The veteran crew of the Lewis & Clark is sent on a rescue mission, with a new mystery member on board: Doctor William Weir (Sam Neill), the designer of the Event Horizon. When the crew of the Lewis & Clark find the Event Horizon and board it, they discover that it has brought something back. The crew starts to experience visions of their past horrors while evil forces within the ship literally turn them against each other.
Killer Scene: With all the crazy things happening on the Event Horizon, the most shocking stuff happened to the original crew. Fortunately for the viewer, there’s a video log from the ship to show what happened. It flashes on the screen pretty fast, so get your pause button ready. You’ll see some really crazy shit, like insane torture snapshots, a man with his eyes ripped out and another one gobbling his own arm. You know the kind of stuff we’re talking about… like a weekend party at Reject HQ.
Violence: Even though the movie starts out more as a sci-fi piece, by the time the crew gets into the Event Horizon, there’s some pretty shocking and bloody events. Plenty of gore and mutilations can be found, including a frozen body shattering on the ground, a guy decompressing in the vacuum of space and one of the crew members taking a violent header off a platform. And let’s not forget the walls running red with blood and that nasty hamburger mess by the windows that no one ever bothers to clean up.
Sex: There’s a modicum of nudity, but it’s mostly Weir’s wife and her bloody boobies after she commits suicide and turns into a dream demon. If you’re into that sort of thing, more power to you. Other than that, you’ll have to settle for the aforementioned hell footage, which contains a few frames of violations that would make the rednecks from Deliverance shudder.
Scares: There are quite a few jump moments as the crew of the Lewis & Clark face the demons from their past. However, the real scares come from the atmosphere and sickly nature of the ship itself. The film’s also got a decent amount of suspense with its haunted-house-in-space theme. It’s actually pretty creepy if you let yourself be immersed in the concept.
Final Thoughts: Paul W.S. Anderson is one of those directors that routinely turns out crap films (like Alien vs. Predator and Death Race), but he’s still a guilty pleasure of mine. However, even the most cynical horror viewer can enjoy Event Horizon on some level, even if it’s just to revel in its gory R rating as a follow-up to his PG-13 Mortal Kombat. In my opinion (speaking as an Anderson apologist), next to Alien, it’s one of the better haunted-house-in-space stories out there. The cast is pretty good, including Sam Neill, Laurence Fishburn, Kathleen Quinlan, Joely Richardson, Sean Pertwee and Jason Isaacs. A double-disc DVD was released in 2006, and the Blu-ray dropped in 2008. Check it out.