Paul W.S. Anderson
This could have been an extremely intense sci-fi/horror film, but we got barely two minutes worth of ďhorrorĒ and it was crammed in at the very end. I really feel it was important for audiences to know the ship went to ďhellĒ and we should have seen that as soon as the first guy was sucked in. Unfortunately, Anderson treated that like it was a big secret, when the real secret revolved around what exactly was ďhauntingĒ the ship, which we never actually learn.
Another sign youíre in for a long 90 minutes is when you get a wave of cheap scares. This is when the music gets intense and the guy turns around only to find a cat or something. We get a lot of those moments here and that only desensitizes the audience for when the real thrills come in. Again, there was opportunity to have an extremely frightening film, but these filmmakers couldnít do it.
Itís hard to make a good science fiction film, but it all starts with a good story. EVENT HORIZON actually has a very good story, but itís so buried under the lame filmmaking that most audiences probably never even got it. Heck, Iím not even sure the filmmakers got it.
Deleted Scenes (10:03): Nothing special here. I liked the early setup scene for the Dr., but other than that they were pretty unneccessary. Dr. Weir was a convaluted and poorly written character, so any scene trying to explain his position would have helped.
Making of Event Horizon (103:01): Whoever thought it was a good idea to make a 103-minutes featuerette on the making of EVENT HORIZON should be shot. Itís extensive, which gives you a chance to figure out where things went wrong. Basically, it started when Anderson got on board and changed the script. But I digress. Anyway, this is good, but itís really tough to get through if you didnít like the film.
The Filming of Event Horizon (8:12): They might as well have made the above featurette a full two hours and save us the trouble of clicking on the next featurette. This is basically behind the scenes footage with Anderson talking over it. Itís decent footage and kind of interesting to see how they filmed the scenes.
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