Event Horizon

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3 1/2

The year is 2047. The Event Horizon, a prototype spaceship missing for the last seven years, has reappeared in our solar system. Dr. William Weir (Sam Neill) designed the ship to reach distant stars. Instead, the ship and her crew simply vanished. Now Dr. Weir, along with a rescue crew led by Captain Miller (Laurence Fishburne) accept their mission to salvage the ship. Only when they reach the ship does Dr. Weir divulge the only known transmission before it disappeared, a recording of terrifying, inhuman shrieks and wails. Soon the rescue team find themselves trapped on the Event Horizon, and learn that when she disappeared, she left this dimension and traveled to hell. Now she's back and wants to return, taking them with her. This movie is being marketed for general audiences, and will attract fans of space thrillers like ALIEN. But it's true audience will be found in horror-addicts who enjoy such films as TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. And the misguided space-thriller fans will be outraged by having been duped into watching this blood-splattering gore.

Early in the film, Dr. Weir awakes from a nightmare in which he sees a lifeless body, streaked with blood, floating aimlessly through the bowels of the Event Horizon. Later, when he reaches the ship, the human body, which has been frozen solid by space, smashes into reddish chunks when it bumps into the ship's floor. As the crew becomes increasingly aware of the ship's devilish nature, they see more and more visions of gutted bodies and charred remains. They eventually become victims themselves, one crew member being disemboweled and hung from hooks in the ceiling. In addition to the gore, foul language also oozes into the dialogue including 45 obscenities. In one scene, Dr. Weir's deceased wife appears to him in the nude, giving the audience a clear, closeup view of her breasts. Then he re-lives her painful death as she re-enacts her suicide by slitting her wrists in front of him. This movie is a horror film to the core. Preview has one message for movie-goers: don't travel to the EVENT HORIZON.

Preview Reviewer: Jason Shepherd
Paramount Communications, 1515 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (8) times - Mild 6, Moderate 2

Obscene Language: Many (45) times - S-word 19, f-word 26

Profanity: Several (8) times - Regular 3 (J 1, GD 1, For G's sake 1); Exclamatory 5 (Oh my G 4, Oh G 1)

Violence: Many times - Moderate to Severe (Many, many gory scenes as crew members are mutilated and killed; one member gutted like a deer and hung from hooks; charred body re-animates and attacks crew, etc.)

Sex: None

Nudity: Once (explicit female breast nudity)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Many times (smoking)

Other: Space ship travels to hell and comes back possessed; dead crew members reappear as demonized apparitions.

Running Time: 97 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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