If it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it.
It’s a term that Hollywood seems to have ignored for many years now with remake after remake being churned out. It appears that Hollywood has run out of original ideas.
This is why I almost choked on my tea when I heard that the greatest sci-fi horror film is getting resurrected. No, not Alien, but Event Horizon. It’s been confirmed that Amazon and Paramount have agreed to an Event Horizon remake or project, although details are scarce at the moment.
Released in 1997, it has become iconic. The line-up was stellar – Sam Neill; Lawrence Fishburne and Jason Issacs being the pick of the bunch. One of the standout features was the intense, creepy atmosphere that it delivered. But more on that later. At the time, though, it was a financial failure. It only took $26.7 million against a production budget of $60 million. Critics also took potshots at it; lamenting the script and some of the horror cliches. It’s a shame as director Paul W.S. Anderson has gone on to be a revered director in the sci-fi genre; particularly with his work on the Resident Evil franchise. It’s only more recently that the film has achieved cult status. And there’s a good reason why it has.
To Hell, and Back
The premise of the story is based around a crew of astronauts who are on a rescue mission to reach a missing spaceship, the Event Horizon. Set in 2047, the ship suddenly appears in Neptune’s orbit. The rescue crew quickly discover that the ship was a test bed for an experimental engine that managed to open a rift in the time-space continuum. It soon becomes clear that the ship left our universe, only to return with a malevolent entity that has possessed the ship. This has caused the previous crew to go insane and murder each other. It has been described by critics as The Shining in space, and that’s not actually a bad description. I would add that there are elements of gore-horror a-la Hellraiser, and good old-fashioned sci-fi action. But there is also a disturbing under-belly that meanders throughout the whole film.
Let’s start with the opening credits. The fanfare of the Paramount logo and intro fools you into a false sense of security. It quickly fades into black, followed by swirls of space atmosphere. The brooding music sets the theme nicely as the credits roll. As I mentioned earlier, the actors are a huge part of what makes this film so good.
Lawrence Fishburne is fantastic as the cool and controlled Captain Miller, who is the commander of the rescue vessel the Lewis and Clark. Sam Neill also does a sterling job of playing the designer of the Event Horizon ship, Dr William ‘Billy’ Weir. Praise should also go to Jason Issacs who plays the medical doctor D.J, and Sean Pertwee who adds some rough charm as Smith, pilot of the Lewis and Clark. In fact, there are only seven other actors in the entire movie. This, I feel, just adds to the dark atmosphere of helplessness that marauds through the whole film.
As the story unfolds, various crew members have flashbacks of tragedies that have happened in their lives. Every member relives their personal horrors through apparitions, but it soon becomes very real. There are so many great scenes throughout the film that are genuinely unsettling.
The footage that is found on the Event Horizon’s computer shows scenes of the previous crew engaging in murder; rape and disembowelment. This apparently, is what hell looks like. The scene is very brief, but according to Paul Anderson, the original scene was meant to be much longer. Unfortunately, the studio instructed them to cut it down; along with the whole film. I feel this is a travesty, as you don’t really get to find out enough about what happened to the crew when they passed through into another universe. Although it makes true horror fans feel short-changed, it does leave a lot more to the imagination, which adds to the mystery of the film.
So why not give it a remake, then?
To be honest, I don’t actually know how they would make it any better. Event Horizon doesn’t need a remake. Yes, the special effects have moved on in the twenty-odd years since the film was made, but they are still damn good. Especially awesome is the end fight scene between Dr Weir – who is now possessed and brought back from the dead- and Captain Miller. It takes place near the gateway of the ship and its shot perfectly. The suspense is built through the use of the set; lighting and music.
Sam Neill plays the evil Dr Weir with satisfying terror, although the prosthetics certainly help. All the actors deserve credit for their performances. They all played their roles with passion and without a hint of overacting (are you listening, Bill Shatner?). The use of fire across the walkway doesn’t look dated in the slightest either, as does the gateway of the ship, which also looks modern. You could say, if you squinted your eyes hard enough, that the Event Horizon looks like an elongated Klingon Bird of Prey. Perhaps that is a nod of the cap towards the Trek universe.
All in all, the set pieces; costumes and prosthetics are all done brilliantly. In my opinion, it doesn’t look dated in the slightest. It’s interesting to note that there was quite a bit of character backstory that was cut from the film. I would say that is the only criticism of the film, as you find yourself wanting to know more; particularly about Dr Weir and Captain Miller.
A modern-day Event Horizon remake would add some twenty-first-century CGI, but as I’ve mentioned, this film still cuts it today. The atmosphere that permeates throughout is genuinely unsettling and creepy. More credit is due to composer Michael Kamen, who handled the musical score. The acting is stellar across the board, and Paul W.S Anderson’s directing is both unnerving and snappy. Phillips Eisner is a genius for writing the script in the first place, so Hollywood, please, please don’t ruin a classic.
And that’s why Event Horizon doesn’t need a remake. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.
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Hogwarts Houses For MCU Characters
Since its conception, Hogwarts houses have been a deciding factor in getting to know people. How someone answers “what Hogwarts house are you in?” can tell you a lot about a person. But where do some of our favourite MCU characters shape up when faced with the sorting hat?
Tony Stark/Iron Man- Ravenclaw
While Tony could be argued for almost any of the houses, Ravenclaw suits him best. Most of his development comes from the pursuit of knowledge. Aside from being one of the smartest characters in the MCU, he is constantly learning and improving upon his technology. He tends to approach large problems from a strategic and pragmatic standpoint, especially in his later films. Admittedly he can be brave and somewhat self-servingly ambitious. But who he is at the end of his arc and the way that he solves problems points to Iron Man being in Ravenclaw.
Steve Rogers/Captain America- Gryffindor
Is it even a question? Steve Rogers is definitely a Gryffindor. From day one, he has always strived to do what’s right. And he subtly wants a bit of glory for it too. He’s a natural leader and has always rushed into danger without a thought. He is undoubtedly driven by bravery and righteousness and is through and through a Gryffindor.
Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow- Hufflepuff
Natasha is tricky. She could truthfully swing in any direction. It may seem strange to put a spy in Hufflepuff, but if nothing else, Natasha is loyal. She cares deeply for those close to her and has shown that she’s willing to die for them. Her characterization throughout the MCU has been lacking, but her solo film has shown her to be fiercely loyal.
Bruce Banner/The Hulk- Ravenclaw
Another Ravenclaw. Similar to Tony, Bruce is very intelligent. While he seems to be less inclined to want to fight battles than Tony is, he is constantly learning. His relationship with the Hulk can even be characterized this way. By a desire to learn how to control him, then to understand him, then to become him. His arc is one that is driven by knowledge.
Thor is always looking to prove himself. Even though he can lift the hammer, he is constantly looking for validation that he is worthy. He’s not usually afraid of much, and when he is, he faces it anyway. What makes Thor a Gryffindor though is his desire to be the hero. He’s not in Slytherin because he doesn’t desire to rule. He’s not ambitious, he just wants validation.
Peter Parker/Spiderman- Gryffindor
Peter is another hard one. He’s intelligent like Bruce and Tony, which could throw him into Ravenclaw. He’s loyal to his friends, which could put him into Hufflepuff. But at his core, Peter is in Gryffindor. The proof is in one of his first lines in the MCU. In Civil War, he tells Tony, “if you can do the things I do, and you don’t, then bad things happen because of you. (paraphrased)” He feels that because he’s special, he has to act. And unlike Steve and Thor, Peter is almost always afraid. He faces his challenges in spite of that. And while he wants to have a normal life, and a typical High School experience, he selflessly puts himself on the line. Once again, Peter is not looking for recognition, he’s just trying to do the right thing.
Dr Strange- Ravenclaw
Lots of Ravenclaws in the MCU. For Dr Strange, there really isn’t any other option. He is completely driven by the pursuit of knowledge. And while recognition came with that, we see with his journey into the mystic arts that his true motivation comes from learning. He’s a very similar character to Tony Stark, and both of them are textbook Ravenclaws.
Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch- Hufflepuff
Like Natasha, Wanda is driven by her relationships. She is faithfully loyal to her brother, then Vision, then her family. She is definitely motivated to protect and care for those she loves. Including creating an entire alternate reality to be with them! Wanda is brave and intelligent, but at her core, she is loyal.
Finally, a Slytherin. Once again, was there any other option? Loki is characterized by his cunning and ambition. He wants to rule. And he doesn’t get there by rushing into battle. He gets there by being sneaky and clever. Loki is a Slytherin through and through.
Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel- Slytherin
This may not feel like the obvious choice for Carol, but she definitely portrays characteristics of a Slytherin. She’s the best, and she wants people to know it. She’s confident and clever, and she likes attention. We don’t know her very well yet, but from what we’ve seen, she seems to relish in the attention her efforts provide. She is good, helpful, and ambitious.
T’Challa/Black Panther- Hufflepuff
T’Challa is also driven by loyalty. But while he is protective of those he loves, his true loyalty is to Wakanda. He’s not king because of ambition, he’s king out of duty. Everything he does is through the lens of “what is best for Wakanda?” While it’s a bit unconventional, his loyalty to Wakanda characterizes him as a Hufflepuff.
Scott Lang/Ant-Man- Gryffindor
At first, it appears that Scott would be in Hufflepuff. After all, he is very motivated by his relationship with his daughter. But if he were truly 100% driven by that, he would have made different choices. He would not have betrayed Hope and Hank and teamed up with Captain America without their permission. He also would not have stolen from his company and landed in jail in the first place. But both of those above decisions do characterize him as a Gryffindor. He wants to be in the action, and he doesn’t always consider the consequences. Scott isn’t really looking for recognition and is not that ambitious, but he does want to be involved in the big events. He wants to help people, and he bravely faces battles. Sometimes without discretion.
Do you agree with our picks for these MCU characters in Hogwarts Houses? If not or if we’ve missed any out, leave us a comment below.
Check out our review of Black Widow HERE.
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