New Images Suggest Event Horizon Could Have Been Awesome

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One of the movies that showed great promise that it never quite managed to deliver on was Paul W.S. Anderson's Event Horizon. The space horror starred Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill and Kathleen Quinlan as members of a rescue vessel, the Lewis and Clark, sent to check on a distress signal sent from the Event Horizon, a starship that disappeared during its maiden voyage and which made use of some new, experimental technology.

The movie didn't deliver on the horror suggested by the marketing material and the story but there were hints that on some editing floor somewhere in Hollywood, there was a cut of the movie that was fantastically dark and gruesome. By some miracle of the internet, we now have a glimpse of what was left behind in that edit bay and from these images, it looks like some disturbingly awesome material.


It's not clear who has made these images available and though unlikely, I'm hopeful they have been released by some executive somewhere gauging interest on a director's cut of Event Horizon and frankly, I'd be quite happy to see one. I say unlikely since a 2006 DVD release of the movie included some of the grainy cut footage as bonus material and in the director's commentary Anderson made note that the studio had scrapped the unused footage. Anderson has since discovered a VHS tape with the original cut of the movie which, with some work, could be made to function for the director's cut, much like the extended cut of Aliens 3. Would anyone else be interested in this?

Either way, the pile of images from the deleted material are spectacular, showing a much gorier version of the Event Horizon that could have been.

Ed. note: These gory images may be not safe for work or people with sensitive stomachs.

[via Dread Central]

This article by Marina Antunes originally appeared over at Quiet Earth.



I actually liked Event Horizon. But the problem with Event Horizon wasn't that it wasn't gory enough: the problem with Event Horizon was that it took a very promising first act combining a haunted house story with some surprisingly decent SF, and degenerated about two-thirds of the way through into a banal Hellraiser knockoff.

These clips suggest to me it could have been worse in that direction. Maybe this is one of those examples where the theatrical cut is better than the director's.