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The UnPopular Opinion: Event Horizon

Jul. 31, 2013by: Alex Maidy

THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy!
 
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16 years ago this August, a movie hit theaters during the twilight of the summer and starred Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, and Jason Isaacs and was designed to be "THE SHINING in space". It proceeded to gross an abysmal $47 million worldwide and hit a nice 23% on Rotten Tomatoes. This movie Despite this, director Paul W.S. Anderson went on to direct several more films including the classics SOLDIER, RESIDENT EVIL and ALIEN VS. PREDATOR. Okay, so that last line was bullshit, but the movie I am talking about, EVENT HORIZON, actually was a damn good flick and likely the best of Anderson's career.

Now, some may say that calling this Anderson's best is akin to saying someone is the tallest midget, but I have always found EVENT HORIZON to be a well made horror movie hiding under a science fiction premise. The horror reminds me greatly of John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, and the writings of Clive Barker. Even Danny Boyle's excellent SUNSHINE borrows their villain from EVENT HORIZON. So, to say this film is in good company would be an understatement. What weaknesses it has it makes up for as a stylish popcorn flick.  Do you disagree?  Let us discuss.

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EVENT HORIZON is a movie that starts out using the age old horror cliche of a haunted house, except here instead of a house it is a spaceship.  A craft that mysteriously disappeared has suddenly returned seven years later abandoned close to the planet Neptune.  The crew ordered with venturing to the Event Horizon is led by Captain Miller (Laurence Fishburne).  Along with his crew and the creator of the Event Horizon, Dr. William Weir (Sam Neill), they journey to the ship and begin their mission.  What they find is the remnants of a bloody massacre and none of the original crew.  After bizarre circumstances cripple their ship, all are forced to board the Event Horizon where hell, literally, breaks loose.

The resulting hallucinatory visions endured by the crew truly are reminiscent of the visions experienced by Jack Torrance in THE SHINING.  They are a mixture of ideal dreams, memories of loved ones, and an undercurrent of horrifying Lovecraftian abominations.  One by one, the crew begin to get picked off by the entity that consumed the Event Horizon and it's crew.  The origins of this being are left vague: was it an alien creature, something from a parallel universe, or true monsters from beyond space and time?  We are left to question, like any good ghost story, whether our protagonists are free of their torment or just temporarily keeping it at bay.

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The critical consensus on EVENT HORIZON was that it was derivative and unoriginal.  I find that it still holds up incredibly well today as a great example of how to make a horror movie.  The ornate and gothic spaceship may remind you of the designs of vessels in the ALIEN films, but they also feel wholly their own.  The ship's gravity drive with it's huge spinning orb and cavernous chamber may remind you of some of the settings in the HELLRAISER movies, but it also provides a key location in the film that is both a safe zone and a frightening catacomb.  Throughout the movie you are reminded that this is set in outer space and yet almost the entire film could be transplanted to a house on a hill in any country and it would still work.  Some may consider that derivative but I consider that quality filmmaking.  This isn't JASON X where you are simply putting a slasher movie in space, EVENT HORIZON successfully takes a story that could have been told on Earth, moves it to a science fiction setting, and the film works.

EVENT HORIZON never tries to be more than a fun time at the movies.  Paul W.S. Anderson eventually lost his way as a filmmaker when he decided that his style was all that he needed and failed to deliver a satisfactory screenplay.  Writer Phillip Eisner and an uncredited Andrew Kevin Walker populate EVENT HORIZON with character types that are fleshed out by quality actors.  Laurence Fishburne is solid as our stoic captain, Joely Richardson is well placed as his second in command, Jason Isaacs plays his small role as the ship's doctor with his expected gravitas, and the great Sam Neill is perfect as the conflicted scientist who succumbs to the madness within his creation.  EVENT HORIZON came one year after Sam Neill's turn in John Carpenter's vastly underrated IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS.  Both of those movies make one hell of a scary movie double feature.

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When I think about movies like EVENT HORIZON failing at the box office and then becoming cult classics on DVD, it makes me wonder what didn't grab the viewer during the theatrical run of the film.  EVENT HORIZON has all of the hallmarks of a great horror movie and the cool factor of a science fiction thriller.  Granted, when your leading actors are a pre-MATRIX Fishburne and the guy from JURASSIC PARK, you aren't exactly selling the cool factor to the average movie-goer.  Plus, the R rating likely kept the teenagers who would have otherwise flocked to the film.  We can ponder all of the reasons why it failed, but I do not believe it is as a result of the movie itself.

EVENT HORIZON is a gory film, but not as much as you would think.  Yes, there are disturbing images that flash on the screen, but the movie is not simply a collection of sharp musical cues designed to make you jump at the right time.  Yes, it does have those moments, but it also is a well crafted tale that calls into question what is real and what is insanity.  I still wonder at the end of the movie if what we witnessed was what really happened.  Did the crew die at the hands of a crewmember who went crazy or did something supernatural overtake them?  The good movies are the ones that keep you guessing and EVENT HORIZON will stick with you long after the credits roll.

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4:37AM on 08/07/2013

here and there

Liked: genuinely cool crossover story combing multiple facets of horror and sci-fi. LOVE the Doom-esque concept of "hell" materializing through another dimension.
Disliked: Rushed, rushed, rushed. Not enough foreplay or subtlety to build suspense. It never pulled me in all the way.
Liked: genuinely cool crossover story combing multiple facets of horror and sci-fi. LOVE the Doom-esque concept of "hell" materializing through another dimension.
Disliked: Rushed, rushed, rushed. Not enough foreplay or subtlety to build suspense. It never pulled me in all the way.
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11:51AM on 08/01/2013
This is one of Paul WS Anderson's better films (and probably he doesn't realize it!)

I agree with the poster that the ending is left open since we are not told whether it was the area of space that affected one member of the crew, or if they were dreaming it all....or...

It's gory as hell (pun not intended) but interesting.

(And the black guy - one of them at least - lives at the end!)

Another film I do like like Paul WS Anderson is the first Resident Evil film - one reason because
This is one of Paul WS Anderson's better films (and probably he doesn't realize it!)

I agree with the poster that the ending is left open since we are not told whether it was the area of space that affected one member of the crew, or if they were dreaming it all....or...

It's gory as hell (pun not intended) but interesting.

(And the black guy - one of them at least - lives at the end!)

Another film I do like like Paul WS Anderson is the first Resident Evil film - one reason because Milla is so sexy and kick-ass in her boots and red skirt. It wasn't perfect but it had the potential to be better if the sequels were superior.
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11:48AM on 08/01/2013
I honestly had no idea people didn't like Event Horizon. That movies kicks ass. One of those horror movies that always stuck with me. Great imagery, terrifying concept. Great actors.
I honestly had no idea people didn't like Event Horizon. That movies kicks ass. One of those horror movies that always stuck with me. Great imagery, terrifying concept. Great actors.
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12:51AM on 08/01/2013

Awesome movie!

I throughly enjoyed this movie. I thought the plot was really cool and that it is one of the better sci-fi/horror mash ups.
I throughly enjoyed this movie. I thought the plot was really cool and that it is one of the better sci-fi/horror mash ups.
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10:41PM on 07/31/2013
I like the concept of this film a lot. I actually find it more terrifying than most horror films because it is based on hell.
I like the concept of this film a lot. I actually find it more terrifying than most horror films because it is based on hell.
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9:38PM on 07/31/2013

what?

I don't care for this movie, at all - and I always thought, at least around here, THAT was the unpopular opinion. On slate.com, I'm sure they hate it; but this is flick seems squarely in JoBlo.com's wheelhouse.
I don't care for this movie, at all - and I always thought, at least around here, THAT was the unpopular opinion. On slate.com, I'm sure they hate it; but this is flick seems squarely in JoBlo.com's wheelhouse.
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8:51PM on 07/31/2013

haha, this ole thing?

i remember i went and saw this for my 12th (i think) birthday party and I definitely lost at least one friend (or his parents stopped liking me anyway) for going to see it. the reviews at the time described splatterloads of blood and basically all sort of horrible things, which made it even more intriguing. I have to admit, it wasnt the best movie in the world, but it was good enough, and it was most definitely worth having my friends dad come lecture my mom about how she shouldnt be taking
i remember i went and saw this for my 12th (i think) birthday party and I definitely lost at least one friend (or his parents stopped liking me anyway) for going to see it. the reviews at the time described splatterloads of blood and basically all sort of horrible things, which made it even more intriguing. I have to admit, it wasnt the best movie in the world, but it was good enough, and it was most definitely worth having my friends dad come lecture my mom about how she shouldnt be taking 12 year olds to go see a movie like that. it was actually kind of an awesome experience, and i'm comforted to know that it holds a certain amount of value to other people. ahhh...event horizon. you have to see it if you havent already
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7:09PM on 07/31/2013

Agreed

I have to admit, I avoided this one for a while because of all the negative press surrounding it, but I finally got to see it a few years back at a buddy's place and really enjoyed it. So much so that I bought it. I'm sure a few people will vote me down for this one, but there were a few shots in particular movie that would look great in a 3D conversion.
I have to admit, I avoided this one for a while because of all the negative press surrounding it, but I finally got to see it a few years back at a buddy's place and really enjoyed it. So much so that I bought it. I'm sure a few people will vote me down for this one, but there were a few shots in particular movie that would look great in a 3D conversion.
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7:02PM on 07/31/2013

I like it.

Could be better but a good scare.
Could be better but a good scare.
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6:14PM on 07/31/2013

I disagree, but only a little....

The movie had an amazing premise and moments of true suspense and terror. Unfortunately it succumbed to cliche moments of scare and some moronic decisions by it's crew (many of whom you just didn't care about). It had ALL the elements to be a truly great movie, but failed in multiple ways. That said, it has enough moments to warrant a viewing and it is still creepy.
The movie had an amazing premise and moments of true suspense and terror. Unfortunately it succumbed to cliche moments of scare and some moronic decisions by it's crew (many of whom you just didn't care about). It had ALL the elements to be a truly great movie, but failed in multiple ways. That said, it has enough moments to warrant a viewing and it is still creepy.
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6:11PM on 07/31/2013

I disagree, but only a little....

The movie had an amazing premise and moments of true suspense and terror. Unfortunately it succumbed to cliche moments of scare and some moronic decisions by it's crew (many of whom you just didn't care about). It had ALL the elements to be a truly great movie, but failed in multiple ways. That said, it has enough moments to warrant a viewing and it is still creepy.
The movie had an amazing premise and moments of true suspense and terror. Unfortunately it succumbed to cliche moments of scare and some moronic decisions by it's crew (many of whom you just didn't care about). It had ALL the elements to be a truly great movie, but failed in multiple ways. That said, it has enough moments to warrant a viewing and it is still creepy.
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4:05PM on 07/31/2013

heh

Saw this on Netflix for the first time a few weeks ago. Enjoyed it and thought it was a solid 90's scifi horror flick. What i liked most was it really plays on the idea of understanding. Like how the ships engine works actually breaks the rules that we as humans have established for our physical world and how that in and of itself is a scary concept.
Saw this on Netflix for the first time a few weeks ago. Enjoyed it and thought it was a solid 90's scifi horror flick. What i liked most was it really plays on the idea of understanding. Like how the ships engine works actually breaks the rules that we as humans have established for our physical world and how that in and of itself is a scary concept.
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1:41PM on 07/31/2013
This movie did a lot right, and really nailed the "haunted house in space" vibe.
I have the director's cut on dvd in a box shaped like the front of the ship - kinda wish it added more about the hell dimension, but it's still cool.
Always thought this movie would've been a genius way to relaunch the Hellraiser series.
If we ever get a Dead Space movie I expect it to feel kinda similar to Event Horizon.
The review of this movie in an episode of Family Guy also amused me.
This movie did a lot right, and really nailed the "haunted house in space" vibe.
I have the director's cut on dvd in a box shaped like the front of the ship - kinda wish it added more about the hell dimension, but it's still cool.
Always thought this movie would've been a genius way to relaunch the Hellraiser series.
If we ever get a Dead Space movie I expect it to feel kinda similar to Event Horizon.
The review of this movie in an episode of Family Guy also amused me.
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1:39PM on 07/31/2013
Event Horizon: Scariest Movie of All Time
Event Horizon: Scariest Movie of All Time
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12:45PM on 07/31/2013

D:

This movie was great. It's probably the only watchable Paul W.S. Anderson movie.
This movie was great. It's probably the only watchable Paul W.S. Anderson movie.
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11:22AM on 07/31/2013
Agree with the critics. This is too derivative for its own good. Aside from some good effects and gore it's totally unremarkable. It's sloppy, uninteresting and has really bad comic relief.
Agree with the critics. This is too derivative for its own good. Aside from some good effects and gore it's totally unremarkable. It's sloppy, uninteresting and has really bad comic relief.
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10:37AM on 07/31/2013

I agree

Still think his best accomplishment is the 1st MORTAL KOMBAT movie. Because, it's based on a video game which nobody takes seriously especially back then but he actually made something out of it. By my account, hands down the best video game adaptation although I suppose that's not saying a whole hell of a lot...

EVENT HORIZON is pretty good though, not revolutionary or entirely original but a decent horror flick. The last thing he did to warrant any merit and it's gonna take another one
Still think his best accomplishment is the 1st MORTAL KOMBAT movie. Because, it's based on a video game which nobody takes seriously especially back then but he actually made something out of it. By my account, hands down the best video game adaptation although I suppose that's not saying a whole hell of a lot...

EVENT HORIZON is pretty good though, not revolutionary or entirely original but a decent horror flick. The last thing he did to warrant any merit and it's gonna take another one like this for Anderson to be taken seriously but I think he's got it in him. AVP was crap, his 1st RE movie was okay and I had fun with DEATH RACE in all its schlocky B-movie glory.

Still haven't seen SOLDIER...
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10:50AM on 07/31/2013
Actually, SOLDIER is another underrated PWSA film. Surprisingly, it's set (or supposed to be set) in the same universe than BLADE RUNNER: you can see a cop car in the junkyard, for instance...
Actually, SOLDIER is another underrated PWSA film. Surprisingly, it's set (or supposed to be set) in the same universe than BLADE RUNNER: you can see a cop car in the junkyard, for instance...
1:54PM on 07/31/2013
Same universe as BLADE RUNNER, eh?

I didn't know that.

Will have to check it out!
Same universe as BLADE RUNNER, eh?

I didn't know that.

Will have to check it out!
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10:34AM on 07/31/2013

"Where we're going, we won't need eyes to see."

This movie is vastly underrated, and still sends chills down my spine to this day.
This movie is vastly underrated, and still sends chills down my spine to this day.
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10:22AM on 07/31/2013
People hate this movie? It's probably scarier than Alien. When the guy gets his skin cut off and hung above him? Probably the most horrifying thing ever.
People hate this movie? It's probably scarier than Alien. When the guy gets his skin cut off and hung above him? Probably the most horrifying thing ever.
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10:18AM on 07/31/2013

Loved this Movie!

I always laugh my ass of when the Family Guy episode is on where the convenience store clerk tells Chris he needs to see it because of how awesome it was. I was that dude.... I'd be talking movies with someone, it would eventually lead(or start) with sci-fi & horror, and I'd be like "Have you seen Event Horizon? Because it's fucking awesome!"
I always laugh my ass of when the Family Guy episode is on where the convenience store clerk tells Chris he needs to see it because of how awesome it was. I was that dude.... I'd be talking movies with someone, it would eventually lead(or start) with sci-fi & horror, and I'd be like "Have you seen Event Horizon? Because it's fucking awesome!"
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9:54AM on 07/31/2013
Very underrated film criticly but I think its gain quite the cult following now. I've always loved this film for its creepiness and atmosphere. It gets sci-fi horror correctly. Yes, its not a 10 out of 10 film but its a damn good one.
Very underrated film criticly but I think its gain quite the cult following now. I've always loved this film for its creepiness and atmosphere. It gets sci-fi horror correctly. Yes, its not a 10 out of 10 film but its a damn good one.
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9:15AM on 07/31/2013

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My dad and I saw this when I was 14 (I actually still have my ticket stub; I found it inside a Stephen King book being used as a bookmark). I raved about this movie to all my friends, and when it came out on video me and my sister's boyfriend at the time watched it repeatedly. I re-watched it a few years ago, thinking maybe it wouldn't stand the test of time, but I'm happy to say that it has. I miss big sci-fi horror films like this on the big screen.
My dad and I saw this when I was 14 (I actually still have my ticket stub; I found it inside a Stephen King book being used as a bookmark). I raved about this movie to all my friends, and when it came out on video me and my sister's boyfriend at the time watched it repeatedly. I re-watched it a few years ago, thinking maybe it wouldn't stand the test of time, but I'm happy to say that it has. I miss big sci-fi horror films like this on the big screen.
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8:49AM on 07/31/2013
Ha I came into this article ready to defend the movie, expecting that the minority opinion in this case would be to hate the movie. I always seem to get these unpopular opinions back to front :)
Great movie, and it does burn me that it's from PWSA who I will never forgive for AvP and every other piece of mindless dross hes released (except for Mortal Kombat. Okay it's shit but I enjoy it, mostly for Chris Lambert as Raiden).
Ha I came into this article ready to defend the movie, expecting that the minority opinion in this case would be to hate the movie. I always seem to get these unpopular opinions back to front :)
Great movie, and it does burn me that it's from PWSA who I will never forgive for AvP and every other piece of mindless dross hes released (except for Mortal Kombat. Okay it's shit but I enjoy it, mostly for Chris Lambert as Raiden).
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8:45AM on 07/31/2013
I thought everyone, besides critic, liked this flick. Never met anyone in the real world that doesn't anyway. But the internet is a different world full of wannabe critics and bloggers who can't think for themselves when it comes to liking movies. In a few years their will be an "unpopular opinion" for "The Lone Ranger," and everyone will be saying how they liked it all along.
I thought everyone, besides critic, liked this flick. Never met anyone in the real world that doesn't anyway. But the internet is a different world full of wannabe critics and bloggers who can't think for themselves when it comes to liking movies. In a few years their will be an "unpopular opinion" for "The Lone Ranger," and everyone will be saying how they liked it all along.
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8:23AM on 07/31/2013
I think that most people that say they don't like this film, say so because it's SOOOOO COOL to dislike P.W.S. Anderson.
Too bad Paramount conveniently 'lost' the uncut versions of the 'hell' scenes, preventing Anderson to do the extended cut he was promised he could do.
Did you know, the Event Horizon architecture is mostly an upside down version of Notre Dame De Paris ?
I think that most people that say they don't like this film, say so because it's SOOOOO COOL to dislike P.W.S. Anderson.
Too bad Paramount conveniently 'lost' the uncut versions of the 'hell' scenes, preventing Anderson to do the extended cut he was promised he could do.
Did you know, the Event Horizon architecture is mostly an upside down version of Notre Dame De Paris ?
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6:14PM on 07/31/2013
Honestly I don't think more than a handful of people have any clue who Anderson is. They've seen his movies, but he's just not a household name outside of people who are REALLY into movies. I've seen many of his films, but if you'd asked me 10 minutes ago who he was, all I'd be able to say is that his name sounds familiar and I know he's a director.
Honestly I don't think more than a handful of people have any clue who Anderson is. They've seen his movies, but he's just not a household name outside of people who are REALLY into movies. I've seen many of his films, but if you'd asked me 10 minutes ago who he was, all I'd be able to say is that his name sounds familiar and I know he's a director.
8:19AM on 07/31/2013
Great, scary film. I've always defended this film because, to me, it was so damn original and extremely creepy. The scene where they find the recording of the crew eating / slaughtering each other freaks me out till this day. The sounds in that video are enough to give you chills. Something about Latin speaking and Horror LOL
Great, scary film. I've always defended this film because, to me, it was so damn original and extremely creepy. The scene where they find the recording of the crew eating / slaughtering each other freaks me out till this day. The sounds in that video are enough to give you chills. Something about Latin speaking and Horror LOL
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7:59AM on 07/31/2013
Awesome movie and Paul W.S. Anderson's only true great piece. Very atmospheric and creepy with awesome sets and a chilling performance from Sam Neill. Love the cast, everything.

One thing I also loved about it is that it actually wasn't that cliched where there's a mystery on the ship and the captain or crew "must explore further" like idiots. When they realize that weird shit is going on, they want to get the fuck out as quickly as possible and that was refreshing.

Sure it's not perfect
Awesome movie and Paul W.S. Anderson's only true great piece. Very atmospheric and creepy with awesome sets and a chilling performance from Sam Neill. Love the cast, everything.

One thing I also loved about it is that it actually wasn't that cliched where there's a mystery on the ship and the captain or crew "must explore further" like idiots. When they realize that weird shit is going on, they want to get the fuck out as quickly as possible and that was refreshing.

Sure it's not perfect but one of the best sci-fi horror films by-far.
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7:40AM on 07/31/2013
i saw this back in the theaters back in 97 my mom had to take me cuz i was only 16 and i'm not ashamed to say this freaked me the fuck out and i still love it to this day
i saw this back in the theaters back in 97 my mom had to take me cuz i was only 16 and i'm not ashamed to say this freaked me the fuck out and i still love it to this day
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7:20AM on 07/31/2013
I was expecting the unpopular opinion to be that you hated it. Everyone I know like EH. :)
Good write up.
I was expecting the unpopular opinion to be that you hated it. Everyone I know like EH. :)
Good write up.
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2:57AM on 07/31/2013

Loved this movie

I will always remember walking into this movie with a buddy of mine thinking it was just going to be a cool sci fi action movie and walking out of the theater scared as shit since I had no idea what was going to happen. Loved this movie ever since!
I will always remember walking into this movie with a buddy of mine thinking it was just going to be a cool sci fi action movie and walking out of the theater scared as shit since I had no idea what was going to happen. Loved this movie ever since!
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2:52AM on 07/31/2013

Saw it in theaters and always liked it.

I thought it was stylish, creepy, and a good twist on the haunted house scenario. I was shocked and appalled to see what Anderson went on to do because I thought he had set the bar pretty high with this flick.
I thought it was stylish, creepy, and a good twist on the haunted house scenario. I was shocked and appalled to see what Anderson went on to do because I thought he had set the bar pretty high with this flick.
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2:51AM on 07/31/2013
Just checking in to join those who were surprised to know that Event Horizon was supposed to be unpopular amongst movie lovers.
Just checking in to join those who were surprised to know that Event Horizon was supposed to be unpopular amongst movie lovers.
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2:47AM on 07/31/2013
I loved this movie. Scared the shit out of me way back when.
I loved this movie. Scared the shit out of me way back when.
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2:06AM on 07/31/2013
I personally only really like this one and Soldier. I think the reason Event Horizon has held up is because there hasn't been a deluge of endless sequels, unlike the Res Evil films that Anderson I'm sorry to say has run into the ground.
I personally only really like this one and Soldier. I think the reason Event Horizon has held up is because there hasn't been a deluge of endless sequels, unlike the Res Evil films that Anderson I'm sorry to say has run into the ground.
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1:31AM on 07/31/2013

Agree with KcMsterpce

I clicked on the link thinking this would be a negative review because everyone I know seems to love this movie for some reason. I thought it was trite and made little sense.
I clicked on the link thinking this would be a negative review because everyone I know seems to love this movie for some reason. I thought it was trite and made little sense.
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1:29AM on 07/31/2013
It was scary when it was first released and it's still frakkin' scary now. Great movie.
It was scary when it was first released and it's still frakkin' scary now. Great movie.
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1:18AM on 07/31/2013

I thought this would be a "dislike" 'unpopular' opinion

Seriously, I sometimes feel like I'm the only person on the planet that hated the last 40 minutes of this movie.
the first 40 minutes are fucking awesome, though. Great visuals. Scary, freaky mystery.
But then a woman is stupid enough to follow her "son" around a ship where anyone would know that it's a lie? It only gets worse from there.
Seriously, I sometimes feel like I'm the only person on the planet that hated the last 40 minutes of this movie.
the first 40 minutes are fucking awesome, though. Great visuals. Scary, freaky mystery.
But then a woman is stupid enough to follow her "son" around a ship where anyone would know that it's a lie? It only gets worse from there.
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12:52AM on 07/31/2013
I really never did understand the hate for this film. It's an excellent horror film with a great story and good acting. In fact, I find it somewhat difficult to believe that it comes from Anderson. I enjoy the guys films....well, a number of them. But this is much better than pretty much his entire catalog of work. The imagery is great and I love his vision of hell. A very underrated movie. Couldn't agree with this article more.
I really never did understand the hate for this film. It's an excellent horror film with a great story and good acting. In fact, I find it somewhat difficult to believe that it comes from Anderson. I enjoy the guys films....well, a number of them. But this is much better than pretty much his entire catalog of work. The imagery is great and I love his vision of hell. A very underrated movie. Couldn't agree with this article more.
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12:50AM on 07/31/2013
Shouldn't this be featured under "Best movie you've never seen" instead? Because I've seen it, and I loved it. It was scary as hell.
Shouldn't this be featured under "Best movie you've never seen" instead? Because I've seen it, and I loved it. It was scary as hell.
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12:38AM on 07/31/2013

The best UnPopular Opinion yet.

I absolutely agree with you on every aspect of this article. I am amazed this movie did not get any love. It was very well done and original in terms of being a scifi/horror. Over the pass few years I have noticed a cult following has slowly been building for EH. This is Paul W.S. Anderson's best movie by a mile.
I absolutely agree with you on every aspect of this article. I am amazed this movie did not get any love. It was very well done and original in terms of being a scifi/horror. Over the pass few years I have noticed a cult following has slowly been building for EH. This is Paul W.S. Anderson's best movie by a mile.
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