Event Horizon was a movie that seemed to herald the arrival of an exciting new film maker who burst onto the scene with this fusion of sci-fi and horror arguably not seen since done like this since Alien. It was The Exorcist meets The Black Hole and it made an impact. It was a critical and box-office flop with a large $60m budget (for 1997) and famously troubled production, but it somehow managed to transcend all that and immediately garnered a cult following.
Many of the highlighted issues stemmed from Anderson only being given four weeks to edit the movie. So it became a tale of film making adversity where the results were better than they should have been.
The famous 130 minute long cut caused audience members to faint in a test screening, so was the tension and the gore, and the studio forced him to tone it down and hack the movie into a 96 minute run-time.
You could say that director Paul W.S. Anderson then failed to live up to that debut. Alien vs Predator, Death Race and endless Resident Evil movies seemed to trap him in a certain style. Still, he’s working regularly and he has a long IMDB listing so I imagine he isn’t complaining as he relaxes with Milla Jovovich on a huge pile of cash in his Hollywood mansion.
Now Scream Factory is bringing back the movie that made him in a new Blu-Ray release. Once again we can follow the mission to find a lost starship in orbit of Neptune with a stellar drive that accidentally opens a gateway to dimension of pure evil that may, or may not, be actual Hell. Sam Neill, Laurence Fishburne, Joely Richardson, Jason Isaacs, Kathleen Quinlan and Jack Noseworthy all starred.
For years rumors swirled in Hollywood that the original version was lost, the film destroyed. An attempt to bring a directors cut to the screen was scrapped due to this. Then in 2017 Anderson himself revealed the existence of a VHS containing this version of the movie that was in Producer Lloyd Levin’s hands.
It is too early to say if this will be that infamous, gore drenched, audience fainting original, but Scream Factory have this to say:
“New extras are in progress and will be announced on a later date. We can confirm today that we are doing a new 4K scan of the film! As for any much-inquired-about additional footage (in addition to what’s be presented on prior releases), we are looking into it as best we can. We welcome any leads you may have alongside our efforts.”
The movie will be released on Blu-Ray in September.