The Event Horizon is basically a hell cathedral, in space. What more can you possibly want?

The ship is a nice functional design that smartly evokes the sort of interstellar ships we’ve seen a lot before (‘The Discovery One’ for one).

The interior, however, looks like a cross between a cathedral and a butchers shop, but that frankly crazy design work helps the movie along immensely.

The 1997 science fiction horror film was directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and written by Philip Eisner. It stars Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan and Joely Richardson. Set in 2047, it follows a motley crew of astronauts sent on a rescue mission after a missing spaceship, the Event Horizon, spontaneously appears in orbit around Neptune.

What elevates Event Horizon above its forgettable late ‘90s sci-fi/horror brethren is its execution. Paul W.S. Anderson crafted a film steeped in suspense, with strong performances, gorgeous set pieces, and palpable terror.

Perhaps, there is little new to the movie in this narrow genre of space horror, but the strength of the film lies wholly in the skillful and arrangement of its pastiches. Among the actors, Sam Neill (Dr. Weir) stands out as the tortured ship designer and also Laurence Fishburne (Miller) as the stalwart captain.

While Sam Neill starts out as the central figure in the story, it’s Laurence Fishburne who ends up as the main “hero” we’re rooting for — one of the few starring roles of a career that deserved more of the spotlight than it got.

I created the Event Horizon to reach the stars, but she’s gone much, much farther than that. She tore a hole in our universe, a gateway to another dimension. A dimension of pure chaos. Pure… evil. When she crossed over, she was just a ship. But when she came back… she was alive! Look at her, Miller. Isn’t she beautiful?

– Dr. Weir