Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Event Horizon… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
After the success of Mortal Kombat, Paul WS Anderson was the new hot shot in Hollywood. He was offered many directing duties such as Alien Resurrection and even Mortal Kombat 2 but took the offer from Paramount to direct the horror film ‘Event Horizon. He was only given ten months to get the film finished! But produced what some consider his best work to date.
Due to the short production schedule and release date looming, the movie was previewed to test audiences and executives. Many were shocked by the graphic scenes of Hell and the video log sequences. Paramount ordered 30mins to be cut and Paul Anderson agreed but it was a decision he would regret.
Due to the quick cuts made, it effected the pacing and zapped out the tension the director was building up throughout the movie. The creepy atmosphere still remains but there is less time with the characters and the theatrical cut was heavily criticised for its weak script and lack of solid dialogue due to the unnecessary cuts made.
Is this Paul Anderson’s best film and does it still scare you?…lets find out.