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->''"I created the ''Event Horizon'' to reach the stars, but she's gone [[GoneHorriblyRight much, much farther than that]]."''
-->-- '''Dr. Weir'''

A 1997 movie by Creator/PaulWSAnderson where astronauts investigate an experimental ship (the eponymous ''Event Horizon'') that disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

[[MindScrew Okay, a little more explaining...]]

[[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture In the year 2047]], a signal from the starship ''Event Horizon'' is picked up on Earth. The ship had disappeared without trace beyond Neptune in 2040. The ship has reappeared in a decaying orbit around the planet Neptune, and the rescue ship ''Lewis and Clark'' is dispatched to investigate. The ship's crew is commanded by Capt. Miller ([[Creator/{{LaurenceFishburne}} Laurence Fishburne]]) and carries the ''Event Horizon''[='=]s designer, Dr. William Weir ([[Creator/{{SamNeill}} Sam Neill]]).

No definitive trace of human life is found; inconclusive sensor readings lead the ''Lewis and Clark''[='=]s crew to enter the ''Event Horizon'' to search for survivors. Things start to go very wrong very quickly, it appears that someone or something is toying with them, and more, the question is what has the ''Event Horizon'' become?

''Event Horizon'' is a very effective CosmicHorrorStory, basically [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraft]] [-[[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE!]]-] Or as some like to call it, a ''very'' disturbing prequel to the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' series.

Not to be confused with MoralEventHorizon, or DespairEventHorizon. Or, for that matter, the term for the region around a black hole from which light can no longer escape. For the game that was ''heavily'' inspired by the film, see ''Franchise/DeadSpace''.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AbsentAliens: Though it's implied there is ''something'' out there, no non-human life forms are ever seen. [[spoiler:Unless you count the possessed-by-evil ship itself.]]
* AlliterativeName: Doctor William Weir.
* AntagonistTitle: [[spoiler:The ship becomes alive and demonic after passing through Hell]].
** [[spoiler: Technically, [[NothingIsScarier we don't know if it's supposed to literally Hell]], or just something [[FateWorseThanDeath close enough that no one can tell the difference.]]]]
* ApocalypticLog: "''Liberate [[spoiler:tuta]]mae... [[spoiler:ex inferis]]...''"
* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: Strangely averted, given the liberties taken with physics below: Neptune looks like Neptune should look; we see an accurate depiction of its moon Triton in the foreground as the ''Lewis and Clark'' enters the system; its small moon Nereid is briefly glimpsed, and Miller mentions that they are "three billion clicks from the nearest outpost," which happens to be the orbit of Saturn (perhaps a colony on Titan?).
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: It's noted in the film that the FTL Drive the ''Event Horizon'' supposedly has '''can't''' work because of the Law of Relativity stating that FTL travel is impossible. William Weir, as he puts it, had to work around it, which is where Folding Space comes into play and the cause of everything that happen in the movie. To be specific, [[spoiler:the ship's initial jump sent it to an infernal dimension of entropy and chaos, which not only caused the crew to kill themselves but irreversibly ''changed'' the ship in a way that [[{{Calvinball}} causal and rational physics are incapable of defining]], meaning [[AWizardDidIt all bets are off]]. It's also implied that even the survivors who made it back to Earth are still screwed, not just from having interacted with the ship, but from having spent so much time on the remaining chunk. Chaos Corruption at its most basic.]]
-->"You break all the laws of physics, and you seriously think there wouldn't be a price?"
** The movie never quite works out which pseudophysics handwave it intends to use for the ship's FTL capability; the description given by Weir suggests the ship works by warp drive; however, the events that actually transpire suggest it was some kind of hyperdrive.
* BathSuicide: Weir's wife, Claire, which constantly comes to haunt him.
* BattleAmongstTheFlames: [[spoiler: The final confrontation between Miller and demon-possessed Weir.]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler: The ''Event Horizon'' itself, with Weir eventually coming to serve as TheDragon.]]
* BigNo: Delivered by Weir when [[spoiler:Miller activates the explosives, cutting the gravity chamber off from the rest of the ship as it's about to go into the hyperspace dimension and sacrificing himself to save what's left of his crew]].
* BigOMG: Miller after he sees [[spoiler: Weir's self-inflicted EyeScream.]]
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: The ''Event Horizon'' itself. The hallway leading to the engine room is a giant rotating tube lined with spikes. The engine room itself is lined with yet more SpikesOfDoom, and the engine itself is literally beautiful. It's ''cool'', but the actual purpose of the designed is [[HandWave handwaved]] away as "[[TechnoBabble reducing the effects of the gravitational field]]." In reality, the ship's exterior itself was designed by scanning in images of Notre Dame Cathedral and mix-and-matching the various elements. Even the structural scaffolding along the neck was based on the stained-glass windows of the Cathedral.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Averted. Cooper, who in any other movie would be [[UncleTomfoolery prime fodder]] for this trope, is one of the few to survive the entire film. Capt. Miller [[spoiler: dies, but only in the last few minutes]].
* BodyHorror: Gratuitous EyeScream happens. Also, a frozen body shatters to pieces on the floor when gravity comes back.
* CameBackWrong: [[spoiler: The whole ship.]]
* CanisLatinicus: Notably averted. The phrase in question, while often misheard as [[spoiler:"Liberate tutame ex inferis"]] (which makes no sense), is actually [[spoiler:"Libera te tutemet ex inferis"]], which is good Latin and means what they say it does ([[spoiler:"Save yourself from hell"]]).
* CatScare: When first exploring the ''Event Horizon'', Miller is spooked by what looks like a hand grabbing his face. It's just a loose glove from a space suit floating in the gravity free environment.
-->'''Cooper:''' ''(amused)'' Cap's got a case of the heebie jeebies.
* ChekhovsGun: The explosive ship cutting charges.
* ClusterFBomb: Cooper, in keeping with his status as resident UncleTomfoolery.
* ConvenientlyInterruptedDocument: At the beginning of the film, the ship receives part of a signal from the titular vessel containing a message in Latin. As the signal is partly corrupted, they initially take the message to be "''Liberate me''" - "save me." Upon acquiring the full signal and inspecting it closer, they find that the message is actually "''Libera te [[spoiler:tute]]me[[spoiler:t ex inferis]]''" - "''[[spoiler:Save yourself from Hell.]]"''
* ConvenientlyPreciseTranslation: Subverted. The distress signal sent by the titular starship contains the Latin phrase ''liberate me'' ("save me"). It was later realized that the message was [[spoiler:''libera te tutemet ex inferis'' ("save yourself from Hell")]].
* CosmicHorrorStory: Hell is the easiest way for the characters to describe whatever it was the ''Event Horizon'' passed through:
--> "Hell is only a word. [[UltimateEvil The reality is much, much worse.]]"
* CoveredWithScars: [[spoiler:When the ship brings Weir back for the final showdown, he is bald, naked, and covered in freaky scars. It did give him his eyes back, strangely enough.]]
* DecoyProtagonist: The opening scenes might incline you to believe that Weir is the protagonist, [[spoiler:but by the end, it's clearly Miller.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: Weir's leads to his crossing the MoralEventHorizon. ([[MeaningfulName Sense a pattern?]])
* DistressCall: The ''Event Horizon'' sending one after having disappeared a long time ago is what kicks off the story.
* DoorClosesEnding: It ends with the door closing to the sleep chamber deck as Starck screams uncontrollably from the stasis nightmare she's had as the rescue crew try fruitlessly to calm her.
* DoubleEntendre: Cooper, in a ShirtlessScene, offers Starck a cup of coffee.
-->"Want something hot and black inside you?"
-->''Starck flips him off''[[note]]Generally meaning "Fuck you"[[/note]]
-->"Is that an offer?"
-->"Well, how 'bout some coffee, then?"
* DramaticThunder: InSpace! Lightning illuminates the ship interiors occasionally, justified in that the ship is in a decaying orbit around Neptune which has storms with wind speeds up to 2000 km/h. The ship is already in the upper thermosphere and continues falling deeper into the atmosphere over the course of the film.
** [[ParanoiaFuel Or probably it's just the ship]] [[MindScrew fucking with their brains]]?
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: [[spoiler:The first image of the film is Weir's nightmarish vision of the ship.]]
* DropWhatYouAreDoing: Peters does upon seeing the restored Apocalyptic Log.
* DrivenToMadness: Weir, after the ship continually shows him horrific visions of his wife and makes him relive his wife's suicide.
** [[NightmareFuel The original crew]].
* DrivenToSuicide:
** Weir's wife in his backstory.
** Justin tries to blow himself out an airlock after being sent through the singularity. However, since he snapped out of it halfway through, it's equally likely that [[PsychicAssistedSuicide the ship made him do it]] then left at just the right moment for him to [[KickTheDog realize he's about to die horribly]].
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: If he wasn't transported to hell, and perished in the explosion Miller]] went out with a huge bang.
* TheEeyore: D.J. {{Lampshaded}} by Miller, who refers to him as a "gloomy Gus."
* EldritchAbomination: It's unclear just what happened to the ship, but it's hinted pretty heavily that it took one of these back with it, or became one itself. Whatever happened, the sensor suite on the ''Lewis and Clark'' says that the [[GeniusLoci ENTIRE SHIP IS ALIVE]].
* EldritchLocation: This is putting what's on the other side ''very'' lightly. The ship itself is this, too.
* EldritchStarship: The ''Event Horizon'' was an excellent example of one even ''before'' it was [[spoiler:warped into a tortured consciousness by exposure to a [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace hellish extradimensional realm]].]] It should be noted though that the interior design of the ship, with its [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} odd cybergothic architecture, including its extremely strange "central core" and the "meat grinder corridor" leading to it, as well as the numerous spikes and other elements of its rather terrifying aesthetic]] (some of which, like the "meat grinder corridor," are handwaved as being essential to the ship's operation). It's definitely one of the weirdest human-designed ships on this list, even before being [[spoiler: possessed by extradimensional evil]]. It's also one of the closest examples on this list to an ISOStandardHumanSpaceship, despite being simultaneously ''this'' trope.
* EpicTrackingShot: The vertigo-and-motion-sickness-inducing pull-out from Weir opening his shutters, revealing him to be on a sprawling space station in orbit above Earth.
* EvilGloating:
-->'''Weir:''' Do you see? DO YOU SEE? '''DO YOU SEE?'''
-->'''Miller:''' [[ThwartedCoupDeGrace Yes. I see.]]
* EvilIsHammy: For much of the film, [[spoiler: Weir is rather quiet and self-effacing]]. After [[spoiler: he's taken by the ship,]] he quickly becomes as [[LargeHam theatrically evil]] as you'd expect [[spoiler: a daemonically-possessed MadScientist]] to be.
* {{Expy}}: Universal Orlando's annual Halloween Horror Nights event had the haunted house "Interstellar Terror" in 2008, which the Art & Development team proudly admitted was directly inspired by ''Event Horizon'': the first interstellar star ship disappears, then reappears several years later orbiting the moon. You go aboard and find that an alien artifact the crew found has driven them into homicidal insanity.
* ExtyYearsFromNow: Produced in 1997, and set in 2047.
* EyeScream: This movie basically runs on this trope. It might hold some kind of record for most injured eyes/sockets in a major Hollywood movie. In fact, the very ''first'' person we see in this film is missing eyes! This is barely two minutes in, mind you.
* EyelessFace: Due to the above.
--> "Where we're going, we won't need eyes to see."
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Weir. Played with, as it seems he may have been possessed by the ship itself.]]
* FailsafeFailure: The airlocks on the ''Event Horizon'' are designed in such a way that a depressurization sequence cannot be canceled from either side of the airlock once it's been activated. While it is a reasonable precaution not to allow both the inner and outer doors to be open at the same time, there is no excuse for not having an abort command when it takes half a minute to actually finish depressurizing the airlock. Then again, what isn't affected by the Eldritch force inhabiting the ''Event Horizon''?
* FanDisservice: Weir's hallucination with his dead and half-naked wife.
* FasterThanLightTravel: ''Event Horizon''[='=]s purpose. Didn't go so well.
* FateWorseThanDeath: What awaits anyone entering hyperspace, [[spoiler: such as the original crew before the beginning]].
** [[spoiler:There's a number of extremely graphic subliminal still frames shown as Miller relieves the "visions" of what awaits him on the other side before he destroyed the ship - These are supposedly provided to him by both the ship and the revived Dr. Weir at three different points throughout the movie. None of these gruesome images appear onscreen for more than ~5 frames though, and for good reason.]]
* FullFrontalAssault: [[spoiler:Weir]]
* GenreShift: Starts out as a near-future hard SF space exploration movie, but doesn't really stay that way.
* GhostShip: The ''Event Horizon''.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Apparently even a glimpse of hyperspace is too much for most people's minds to handle.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: The film's basic premise is an attempt at [[FasterThanLightTravel FTL]] that Goes Horribly Wrong.
* {{Gorn}}: While the film itself is bloody (the original cut was so unnerving that 30 minutes were cut before release), the ApocalypticLog falls straight into this.
* HeadDesk: Dramatic example; in the aftermath of [[spoiler:Smith's death]], Miller does a subdued version of this against the nearest wall.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Miller lets himself get blown up just as the ship is about to enter hyperspace to save the rest of the crew. Granted he didn't have time to escape the ship and death is a far better fate than what was waiting for him in the other dimension.]]
* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: things [[GoneHorriblyWrong went horribly wrong]] due to the ship "[[OurWormholesAreDifferent folding space]]"... [[ToHellAndBack and returning]].
** It should be noted that the "hyperspace" the ship goes into is strongly implied to be either Hell itself, or something ''far, far worse than what you're probably imagining right now''.
** Entering a dimension where our laws of physics don't apply is probably enough to scramble anyone's brains. As Weir said, it's a dimension of "pure chaos" - chaos as in a lack of normal natural order.
* ImColdSoCold: Spoken by an apparition of Weir's wife early in the film. Made all the more chilling when we realize how she died.
* ImprovisedWeapon: The rivet guns (meant for repairing hull damage) used in the climax.
* InertialDampening: The rescue ship ''Lewis and Clark'' has an ion drive that produces 30 gees of acceleration, so the crew spends the trip sealed into fluid-filled pods to avoid becoming wall-gazpacho.
-->'''D.J.''': When the ion drive fires, you'll be taking about 30 [=Gs=]. Without a tank, the force would liquefy your skeleton.
-->'''Weir''': I've seen the effect on mice.
** Which might explain the interior of the ''Event Horizon'' when it returned.
* InSpaceEveryoneCanSeeYourFace: Averted, [[spoiler:especially in the final scene]].
* ItCanThink: And she wants a new crew.
* ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure: Upon seeing just what really happened to the ''Event Horizon''[='=]s original crew, Miller decides that the best thing for everyone is to fire missiles at it until it ceases to be a ship. [[spoiler: On reflection, he probably shouldn't have voiced his intentions to the one guy for whom the ship had already become a monomaniacal obsession.]]

* KickTheDog: Justin and Peters.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: (upon seeing the restored Apocalyptic Log) ''"We're leaving."''
* LastNoteNightmare: The Paramount logo starts out normally, then the soundtrack wails, as the logo darkens and lifts away, and then the score begins with a threatening string section.
* LaymansTerms: Weir tries to explain... and TechnoBabble comes instead of simple terms.
-->'''Miller:''' ''Layman's'' terms.
-->'''Cooper:''' Fuck layman's terms, do you speak ''English?''
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Dr. Weir's guilt over his wife's suicide is exploited by the ship to it's full extent.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Weir's first few nightmares would seem to be mundane since he is not yet on the ship, but they also appear to be prophetic, suggesting perhaps a greater range of influence for the ship than we might first suspect. Or his grief and guilt are so strong, it's the first natural thing for the ship to latch on to and exploit.
** The ship also seems to exploit past grief and guilt [[spoiler: Miller's guilt over his crewman's death, Peters's guilt over her son, Weir's guilt over his wife]]. Perhaps the ship/hell dimension is merely a conduit for the torture and torment that unresolved guilt brings to a person.
* MeaningfulName: The ''Event Horizon'' is a ship that creates a black hole to travel through space-time; an event horizon is the point in the gravitational pull of a black hole beyond which light can no longer escape.
* MeatMoss: The bridge of the ''Horizon'' seems to have some stretched across the walls. If you look closely, you can see ''screaming faces'' in it.
** [[spoiler: Considering how the ship affects people, it's likely that the MeatMoss is made out of the former crew... [[FridgeHorror and they might still be alive.]]]]
* MindRape: [[spoiler: Weir projecting nightmarish images to Miller of his crew in "hell."]]
* MonsterFromBeyondTheVeil: This role is filled by [[spoiler: the ''Event Horizon'' herself, Dr. Weir's brainchild.]] Fortunately, it becomes [[spoiler: his LifesWorkRuined]]. [[spoiler: The ship employs several, though most are arguably either hallucinations or phantoms reconstructed by the ship from their own minds. When Weir comes back though, he's clearly real enough.]]
* MyGreatestFailure: Miller leaving an ensign to burn in a spaceship fire. It's the core of his NoOneGetsLeftBehind attitude.
* NightmareSequence: [[spoiler:At the end, Starck has a nightmare that Weir survived the explosion and wakes up screaming in Cooper's arms as he and the rescue team try to calm her down.]]
* NoKillLikeOverkill: [[[[DefiedTrope Defied.]] This is what Captain Miller ''wants'' to do, but Weir and the ''Event Horizon'' make sure he never gets the chance.]]
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: [[spoiler: Uttered by Starck when Weir is blown through the breached window into space; Miller [[GenreSavvy doubts it]]. Weir survives, and comes back a Cenobite {{Expy}}.]] They still arm themselves, just to be sure.
** An alternative interpretation averts this. [[spoiler: There's no evidence that it's the ''real'' Weir who comes back.]]
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Miller. His BackStory explains why.
* NoOSHACompliance: [[spoiler:Peters]] chases a hallucination into a room that has a pit leading into the gravity drive chamber, completely lacking any guard rails to stop exactly this sort of thing from happening. Some of the horrific failures could be blamed on the ship being possessed, but the entity is never shown to have outright reconfigured the ship.
* NotThatKindOfDoctor: Subverted. Dr. Weir is a doctor of theoretical physics, but shows an amazing... grasp of surgery and anatomy later in the film.
** [[spoiler:This could be explained by his otherworldly demonic possession via the ship's influence though, which also enables him to use weapons and accurately fire them into specific directions whilst lacking any kind of eyes in the corresponding sockets.]]
* OhCrap: Smith gets one when [[spoiler:he finds the misplaced explosive charge, seconds away from going off.]] He doesn't ''say'' anything, but his humiliated, terrified cringe speaks for itself. Cooper also has a few of them.
-->'''Cooper:''' Why's this shit always gotta happen to ''me''?!
-->'''Cooper:''' ''(when the ship fills with blood)'' ...Oh, fuck me.
** J.D. has obviously just had an OhCrap moment when he comes to speak to Miller about the message in Latin; he's sweaty and nervous in a way that is [[TheStoic extremely out of character for him]].
** Justin, after being released from his trance and realizing he has just trapped himself on the wrong side of a ''depressurizing airlock '''without a pressure suit'''''.
* OutrunTheFireball: Miller, but then this is a hallucination, and it's not even normal fire in that context.
* PapaWolf: Miller is very protective of his crew. See PunctuatedPounding below.
* PhlebotinumAnalogy: The "folding space."
* PrecisionFStrike:
-->'''Miller:''' I have no intention of leaving her, Doctor. I will take the ''Lewis and Clark'' to a safe distance, and then I will launch TAC missiles at the ''Event Horizon'' until I'm satisfied she's vaporized. '''''FUCK this ship.'''''
* PsychologicalTormentZone: The ''Event Horizon'' acts as this in general.
* PunctuatedPounding: "YOU! WON'T! TAKE! MY! CREW!"
* RainOfBlood: Of the 'actually raining blood' variety, near the end of the movie. Very much like in the end of ''Film/TheShining''.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Captain Miller. His reaction to seeing [[NightmareFuel what happened to the old crew]]? [[spoiler: [[KnowWhenToFoldThem Aborting the mission, exiting post haste and blowing the ship into component particles.]] ]]
* RecycledInSpace: ''Film/{{Solaris|1972}}'' [-AS HORROR!-]
** ''ThePhiladelphiaExperiment'' [-IN SPACE!-] might also work.
** ''{{Film/Alien}}'', if the ''Nostromo'' WAS the xenomorph.
** According to [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119081/trivia IMDb]], it was pitched as "''Film/TheShining'' [-IN SPACE!-]"
** Vivid reds, blues and greens all over the place, dark corridors filled with voices and a child's laughter -- if it's not ''Film/TheShining'', then it's ''Film/{{Suspiria}}'' [[XMeetsY by way of]] ''Film/{{Alien}}''.
** Also, isn't there a [[VideoGame/{{DOOM}} videogame series]] about an experiment with teleportation that goes wrong [[spoiler: and opens a portal to Hell]]?
* RedemptionEqualsDeath:
** [[spoiler:Miller is haunted by the memory of the crewman he left behind to save himself (the ship exploits this to torture him). In the end, he saves what is left of his crew by sacrificing himself.]]
** Alternatively, his redemption moment might be when [[spoiler: Miller saves Starck from being sucked out the ship's broken window into space. If that was his redemption, then it's an instance of MustMakeAmends, or MyGreatestSecondChance.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The hallucination of Weir's wife, Claire, that keeps popping up. Notable in that her eyes are ''entirely'' red. The reason for that being that, like so, so many other people, her eyes are gouged out in the hallucination.
* {{Room 101}}: Take a guess.
* RuleOfCool: The Captain of the ''Event Horizon'' firmly believed AltumVidetur. After bidding farewell in English, he gave his sendoff in Latin; "Ave Atque Vale - Hail and farewell." The reason he spoke Latin in "the tape" is because, well, AltumVidetur.
** Of course, another reason why the captain was shown speaking Latin is so that the audience would know it was him on the tape.
* SanitySlippage: When you touch "the beyond."
* SayMyName: Weir screams Miller's name repeatedly, just before [[spoiler: he gets sucked out the breached window.]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: "We're leaving."
* SelfDestructiveCharge: Leading to HeroicSacrifice.
* SendInTheSearchTeam: The crew of the ''Lewis and Clark'' are sent to find survivors and salvage what they can from the ''Event Horizon.''
* SequelHook: What happens when [[spoiler: the drive section of the ''Event Horizon'' returns?]]
** [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} 38,000 years later...]]
** Even the writers probably couldn't figure out why anyone wouldn't [[spoiler: destroy the ''Event Horizon'' on sight.]]
*** Especially since [[spoiler:Cooper, Justin, and Starck presumably tell their story.]]
* ShooOutTheClowns: Possibly the darkest example in cinema. [[spoiler:When Weir starts his rampage, his first act is to blow up the ''Lewis and Clark''. Cooper survives on a piece of wreckage, but is blown clear. He blows his air supply to try to return, but we don't see him again until much later.]]
* ShoutOut: The Burning Man, to ''Literature/TheStarsMyDestination''. The working title of the movie during filming was even ''The Stars My Destination''.
* ShowingOffThePerilousPowerSource: In the Engine Room [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom of Doom.]]
* SmartPeopleKnowLatin: The use of Latin by the captain in the ApocalypticLog seems to be there partly to suggest what an educated guy he is.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The end credits features the techno song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fc07IVuw61o Funky Shit]]."
* SpaceIsCold: Averted; since the ship is in the upper atmosphere of Neptune, the cold is only natural. It is also definitely pressurized when they first arrive; life support's just been offline for quite some time, so the ship has naturally gotten extremely cold.
* SpikesOfDoom: In the DVD commentary, the director states that the spikes in the gravitational drive room were originally intended to engage with the core, but this wasn't possible due to budget constraints. They were left in due to the RuleOfScary.
* StaggeredZoom
* TheStoic: Miller, with a touch of JerkAss thrown in.
* SuicideMission: Hinted at by Miller, who notes rescue mission as far out as Neptune usually end in TotalPartyKill.
* TakeMeInstead: Captain Miller offers himself in exchange for his crew to [[spoiler:the possessed Dr. Weir, who responds, "No. There is no escape. The gateway is open, and you're all coming with me!"]]
* TakeMyHand: When Miller saves [[spoiler: Starck]] from being sucked out the ship's broken window into space.
* TakeOurWordForIt: Averted. First we see people watching the horrifying slaughter of the original ''Event Horizon'' crew... then a significant chunk of the video ([[spoiler: the part where Captain Kilpack has torn his own eyes out and is holding them up to the camera]]) is shown to the audience.
--> '''Miller''': [[KnowWhenToFoldEm We're]] [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere leaving.]]
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Averted. Though the prop for the ship's log is a CD, in-universe it could be the [[BluRay cheap circular medium]] of 2047. Also, the visual displays are flat and feature touch-screens, some of which are wireless and portable.
* TeleporterAccident
* ThrownOutTheAirlock: While averting ExplosiveDecompression, to a point. The blood vessels in [[spoiler:Justin]]'s [[EyeScream eyes explosively decompress]], as do his surface blood vessels, which is more or less correct behavior in vacuum (or Neptune's atmosphere's near vacuum at that altitude).
* ToHellAndBack: Hell is just a word, however. The reality is ''much, much'' worse.
* TooDumbToLive: Justin. The kid just stands there going "durr" while the main drive warms up and soon afterwards sticks his hand in mystery goo. The results are pretty much what you'd expect them to be. WhatAnIdiot.
* TouchedByVorlons: [[spoiler:Dr. Weir.]]
* UncleTomfoolery: Cooper, all the damn time. "HERE I COME MOTHERFUCKEERRRS!" Used for PluckyComicRelief and a foil to Captain Miller's dour seriousness.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: It's only for one line, but [[spoiler: Dr. Weir's]] infamous "DO YOU SEE" uses this as an effect [[spoiler: to emphasize his supernatural state.]]
* WhamLine[=/=]DroppingTheBombshell: Courtesy of D.J.:
--> [[spoiler:...I thought it said ''Libera te me''. "Save me." But it's not "''me''". It's "''Libera te'' '''''tutemet'''''." "Save yourself." And it gets worse... I think...that says "''ex inferis''". "Save yourself from Hell."]]
* WhatExactlyIsHisJob: Other characters joke about this with Cooper. He states that he's the ship's "Rescue Technician." Subverted in that he manages to pull Justin out of trouble early on.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Justin is a subversion: after he [[spoiler: is saved from tossing himself out an airlock]] he is put into stasis and is not referred to again. However, at the very end [[spoiler: the rescue crew remarks that he has survived along with Cooper and Starck]].
* WhenThingsSpinScienceHappens: Used and averted. On one hand, the gravitational drive is always spinning due to [[TechnoBabble magnets]]. Averted in that the real science happens when it stops.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Cooper.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Poor [[spoiler:Weir]]; the ''Event Horizon'' is working on him before they even arrive.
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