TFH 'guru' Axelle Carolyn talks about the science fiction-chiller
EVENT HORIZON, Laurence Fishburne, 1997, (c)Paramount/Courtesy Everett Collection
Credit: Everett Collection

Ridley Scott’s science fiction classic Alien is often described as a haunted house film in space. But if you want to see an actual haunted house movie in space, then we recommend you check out the now 20-year-old box office bomb-turned-cult classic Event Horizon. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, and starring the great Laurence Fishburne and the also great Sam Neill, this deliciously unpleasant tale of a lost experimental spaceship which suddenly reappears from god-knows-where is the latest film to be showcased by Joe Dante’s Trailers From Hell website via a rumination from filmmaker Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate, Tales Of Halloween).

“So, the year is 1997 and Paul Anderson has been working at his sci-fi horror at Paramount,” says Carolyn, in the course of detailing the film’s production. “He’s been working with relative freedom and the movie promises to be dark, and twisted, and scary, with lots of striking, daring, BDSM, gory imagery…But, then, it turns out that Paramount’s big, upcoming release Titanic is behind on post-production and there’s no way that they’ll be able to release it in the summer, as planned. So, Paramount look around for something to replace it, and they find Event Horizon. If ever there was a movie ill-suited for a big summer release, this was it…”

Hear Carolyn’s full commentary, above.