Fright Nights: EVENT HORIZON

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Chris Goodger sees the Event Horizon.

Event Horizon was a welcome addition to the horror genre when it arrived in 1997, and a breath of fresh air next to all the teen slasher movies which were so popular at the time. It's a very dark and depressing movie, which I suppose you will either love or hate. One thing important for horror fans though, is that it completely justifies the 'terror' in its tag-line.

In the year 2047 a group of astronauts are sent to investigate and salvage the long lost starship "Event Horizon", which had disappeared mysteriously 7 years earlier. On board the rescue ship is Dr. William Weir (Sam Neill), who is a physics expert responsible for creating the Event Horizon. With no signs of life, the crew set out to make repairs, but begin to sense that they are not alone.

Event Horizon does not have the most complicated plot or work and is lacking in character development, but what it does achieve is creating an intense atmosphere within a confined space. The most accomplished thing in this film are the hallucinations that the crew experience. The editing techniques used to portray these make them the success that they are. You along with the crew begin to question what you're actually seeing on screen, because when you think an image is there, in the flash of an eye it's gone. This helps to give the movie an eerie edge, and it also plays with your psychological emotions.

There's a very Gothic look and feel to the design of the movie. The camera angles used add to the intensity; the dark, empty hallways and rooms create a menacing feel, and you definitely feel that there is something lurking beyond, leaving you in a state of unease. Then of course there is the horror staple; blood and gore. Event Horizon truly delivers with this aspect.

Quite an underrated science fiction / horror movie, Event Horizon contains lots of freaky moments that will keep your heart racing. For the maximum experience watch it late, after midnight, in a dark, dark room. Crank up the sound a bit louder than you should for the hour. It'll keep you on the edge of your seat with it's atmospheric, chilling experience, and will likely play into your dreams - if you can get to sleep afterwards, that is.

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