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Hold onto your eyeballs, because Event Horizon is the Greatest Movie EVER?

Review in a Nutshell:  Cobbling together elements from Solaris, Hellraiser, Alien, and The Shining does not guarantee a good science fiction / horror film.   The movie’s strong cast and solid set design can’t compensate for a disconnected, fundamentally absurd plot.


Sho Kosugi does some funky hand-jive.



  1. Ian Strope says:

    Cool. I need to rewatch this one. I heard the extended version is better.

  2. kaiki says:

    Listening to the podcast I have to argue with Catherine’s point that there could have been alien bacteria on the ship and that is what is causing the life readings. I argue that their scanners are calibrated such that they do not pick up bacteria and therefor even if there was alien bacteria on the ship the scanners would not pick it up.

    This can be proven with the fact that the air we breath is full of bacteria already. There are few places where there is not bacteria, alien or otherwise. If the S&R scanners do pick up bacteria then the scanners would show a ship full of life. That would be useless for an S&R ship, the ability to see that there is bacteria in the air, so I assume that the scanners are calibrated not to pick up bacteria at all.

    From the movie, it seems that the life readings from the EH are different from any type of life that would be on a space ship.

    True, you are right when it comes to that the S&R should have towed the ship back to Earth and not boarded it. But if you claim this movie is bad because of these plot holes you are being too harsh. Robot Jox suffers from the same problem where the main plot is ridiculous and makes no sense in the context of the film. There are many films that have been reviewed that when viewed rationally make no sense.

  3. James says:

    ‘They have barb wire..’ when I heard that I just imagined that when the crew gets to “hell” there is a demon who hands out copies of the movie ‘Barb Wire’, because it is the only movie that exists in that dimension.

    Also, this is one of the few Anderson movies I like. The look of the universe kinda just sucks me in.

  4. Kevin says:

    I remember watching this in an empty theatre when it first came out and watching the other 3 people there jump out of their seats

  5. SonyCEO says:

    A podcast show long awaited.
    I tip my hat to you good sir.

  6. Karry says:

    I’ve been re-listening some old casts, and…what happened to Katherine ? Her voice became somewhat lower and in this podcast its even somewhat scratchy. Been smoking much lately ? Sore throat ?

  7. Travis says:

    Listening to ‘The Event Horizon’ podcast right now. I will be picking up “Death Race 2000” & “Death Race” based on your shows…
    But I just have to say, I can’t stand katherine’s voice. Is it something about living in L.A. that this ‘valley girl’ thing is considered acceptable & attractive at her age? I’m sorry about coming off as rude, but that nasally-high-pitched-twang of her’s is so grating. If not for the subjects of the podcasts, I would have stopped listening just to avoid her.
    On a more positive note, I love M.O.M. & the other contributors. Thanks for your work, Gooberzilla.

  8. rbx5 says:

    Hey Gooberzilla, I was just wondering if you’d ever seen the little-known Christian Bale film Equilibrium? If not, I highly reccomend it.

  9. Brian says:

    I like Katherine’s voice, she sounds like a Britt, I assume I am wrong though. I thought the movie was ok at best it seems to me the second the ship I built had extra stuff and barb wire I would have said well (add your favorite term) and tried to get away.

  10. Kidder says:

    Katherine sounds British? Or like a Britney?

    You would not like the accent of a true British girl. I find 90% of the accents here are major turn-offs. The other 10% consists of fairly posh or relatively neutral accents. Scottish and Irish are quite cute (but NOT highland Scottish!)

    Why oh why don’t people follow the Buddy System!?!?!

  11. Firest says:

    I think you’re being to hard on the movie. After all, where would Star Trek be if oddly ill-equipped away teams weren’t splitting up all over the place?

  12. Don says:

    this movie would have been better if they had added zombie ninjas. That is what American cinema is truly missing. Zombie Ninjas that not only possess the stealth but also the uncontrolable flesh hunger. Best part of this movie though, was when they first get on the ship and its dark, and a hand floats into Fishburne and he screams “F*ck me!”.

  13. Aki says:

    I love when Katherine doesn’t like a movie, and I wonder how often you can trick her into watching horror movies.

    Anyway, I really enjoyed this episode!

  14. Keith says:

    Event Horizon tricks a lot of people into thinking it’s a science fiction film instead of a horror film. It has resulted in some…trauma. Personally, I like the film despite it’s sundry obvious flaws. It’s bad pulp, HP Lovecraft in space.

    And who builds a spaceship with an interior comprised entirely of horrifying deadly spikes jutting out from every angle?

  15. Mike says:

    Until listening to the show, I have to admit, I only remembered fragments of seeing “Event Horizon”. It was really just Sam Neill and the fact that Orbital had a hand in the score that I remembered.

    Thinking of alien spiders, the only movie that springs to my mind was 1998’s “Lost in Space”. I hated those little so-and-sos, since they wrecked one of the best things in the movie, that super-awesome blue version of Robot. I loved that Robot. I had a toy of it. Still do, somewhere.

  16. Daryl Surat says:

    rbx5: Equilibrium was actually supposed to be one of the very first movies reviewed on this podcast back when it initially started. It never happened because Paul couldn’t really figure out how to articulate his thoughts on it. I saw that movie twice in the theater, which is quite the achievement since it was in theaters for like, a week or two. I also own it on DVD and HD, and have the theatrical poster with the artwork that should’ve been the DVD cover. My favorite part was when those dudes got shot.

    As for next week: only a ninja can stop a ninja, Paul. As this headband labeled NINJA on my forehead demonstrates, it should have been ME, sir. Clearly you’re Ivan the Red, which makes me Master Gordon. Viva Franco Nero, the man who launched not just the spaghetti western but the NINJANIGAN. Thanks to him and Sho Kosugi, my next most hotly anticipated movie this year (other than Crank 2: High Voltage, which will be indomitable until Crank 3D happens) is Ninja Assassin.

  17. fuzzyprint says:

    Katherine, we (as in the husband and I) are disappointed that you are not on the show often enough. Listening to you pick apart ludicrous elements in films is one of the most enjoyable things about the podcast!

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