Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no one day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of October, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.
31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring daily feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror movie recommendation that is guaranteed to amplify your Halloween festivities. We’ll be watching every film the day it’s featured, and we hope you’ll follow along at home. If you have a suggestion, contact us and we may include your favorite scarefest in an upcoming column!
Day 27: Event Horizon (1997)
What would happen if you took 2001: A Space Odyssey (arguably the best sci-fi movie ever made) and mixed it with The Shining and then threw in some Hellraiser? In 1997 they wanted to find out and Event Horizon was made. Event Horizon is set in the future where a crew is sent to answer a distress call from a ship that disappeared seven years prior. The reason for the ship’s disappearance is unknown, but it was testing a new means of travel that involves creating a black hole to connect two points in spacetime (basically a wormhole). When the rescue party discovers the ship they find no signs of life, but plenty of signs of death, including evidence that the crew had massacred each other. The experimental black hole engine kicks back on for a second and then the rescue party start to have nightmarish visions. Eventually they realize that the black hole that was created did not create a wormhole, but instead created a doorway to another dimension full of pure chaos and evil.
Event Horizon is a cult classic. It did not perform well at the box office but has become massively popular after being released on home media. This movie is filled with unnerving gore and plenty of sci-fi staples. Each member of the rescue party has their own visions of the nightmare dimension, reflecting things they fear the most. Visually, Event Horizon is quite striking. The interiors of the ship were designed to look like cathedrals. The long hallways and corridors are very haunting and very beautiful. It is the perfect setting to offset the hellish setting of the other dimension. I make it a point to show people Event Horizon as often as I can because I believe it is one of the most under-appreciated horror movies made. Plus, how often do you get to see horror in space? Quiet down, Jason X, no one wants to watch you. Check out the trailer for Event Horizon below.
That trailer may seen tame, but the film had to have twenty minutes cut from it to go from NC-17 to R. You can rent Event Horizon on Amazon Instant right now for three whole dollars, or you can just trust me and buy it on Blu-ray for a few bucks more. Either way, you should definitely check this movie out, it is vastly underrated.
Editorial written by: Justin Proper (Twitter)