Event Horizon

August 15th, 1997


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A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board.

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 6.5/10 (59,014 voted)

Critic's Score: 35/100

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan

In the year 2047 a group of astronauts are sent to investigate and salvage the long lost starship "Event Horizon". The ship disappeared mysteriously 7 years before on its maiden voyage and with its return comes even more mystery as the crew of the "Lewis and Clark" discover the real truth behind its disappearance and something even more terrifying.

Laurence Fishburne - Captain Miller
Sam Neill - Dr. William Weir
Kathleen Quinlan - Peters, Med Tech
Joely Richardson - Lt. Starck
Richard T. Jones - Cooper
Jack Noseworthy - Justin
Jason Isaacs - D.J.
Sean Pertwee - Smith
Peter Marinker - Captain John Kilpack
Holley Chant - Claire
Barclay Wright - Denny Peters
Noah Huntley - Burning Man / Edward Corrick
Robert Jezek - Rescue 1 Technician

Taglines: Infinite Space - Infinite Terror


Official Website: UIP / Paramount [Germany] (german) |

Release Date: 15 August 1997

Filming Locations: Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage, Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $50,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $9,511,915 (USA) (17 August 1997) (2311 Screens)

Gross: $26,673,242 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The model of the Event Horizon includes a complete "X-Wing" from Star Wars as part of an antenna array. The model is visible on the lower portion of the Event Horizon during the first flyby by the Lewis & Clark.

Revealing mistakes: All the crew are wearing ID passes. On a spacecraft, millions of miles from anyone else.

Miller: What are you telling me, that this ship is alive?
Lt. Starck, Executive Officer: You wanted an answer, and it's the only one I've got.
Miller: No, what I want lieutenant, is to survive the next 10 hours!

User Review

So brilliant its hard to believe Paul Anderson directed AVP.

Rating: 10/10

This is without a doubt one of the greatest horror films ever made! I wouldn't classify it as sci-fi even though it does pay homage (or some would say rip-off) to many of the greats, such as Alien and The Black Hole. This is a pure horror film and also has a b-movie charm. This is the kind of movie William Castle would be directing if he was still alive today, but much better! It is the best haunted house movie of the lot, but its set in a spaceship.

OK, the movie doesn't have the most complicated plot or character development, it works because of the atmosphere and Paul Anderson has pulled off a one-trick pony here. The atmosphere in this film is so friggin brilliant that you forget you're watching a movie and it physically affects you! James Cameron and Ridley Scott reached this level of brilliance in the Alien films and David Fincher with Seven.

I've seen this movie over 20 times. It is incredibly entertaining, with fine performances, amazing special FX, one of the best and creepy music scores ever, the best space production design ever, the best subwoofer explosions, the best cinematography, energetic and brilliant direction...I could go on....

It's also become a bit of a cult classic nowadays. I've loved the film since it was first released and every friend I show it to agrees and considers it a sleeper. It is also one of the only films I know that induces fear into the audience and provokes them to curse in awe. Every time my mates and I watch it, we are gobsmacked in its craziness! 10/10 - Easily in the top 10 horror films of all time! One of the most entertaining movies ever made. Paul Anderson has never surpassed this film and it will be the one he is remembered for.