YMMV / Event Horizon

  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Miller's Heroic Sacrifice, where Weir screams at him, "Do you see? Do you see? DO YOU SEE?!" Miller grabs the detonator and tells him, "Yes. I see." and then sets it off.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: The relationship we see between the members of Miller's crew throughout the movie. From the affectionate nicknames they give each other, to their easy camaraderie, and the way they look after each other, it's clear that they all genuinely care for each other and love each other like a family.
    • Miller risking getting sucked out of the depressurizing bridge to save Starck.
    Miller: I'm not leaving you!
    • Even though it doubles as a Tear Jerker Miller sacrificing himself at the end to save the rest of his crew.
  • Cult Classic: Despite it bombing at the box office and being torn to shreds by critics, Horizon has gone on to have a strong following on home video and cable TV.
  • Epileptic Trees: The final shot of the ship's door closing ominously has many fans pondering about what is meant to represent.
  • Fanon:
    • The movie is considered by many (starting with the community over at /tg/) to be a Spiritual Licensee of Warhammer 40,000, as its storyline coincides perfectly with that setting's history and nature of hyperspace. This isn't enough of a connection on its own to make the instant jump to one particular crossover, but the style and presentation match so well with Warhammer 40k that it's a shock for anyone who watches the movie based solely on this idea to learn that resemblance isn't intentional. Supporting evidence seems to hinge on the film's version of hyperspace bearing a remarkable similarity to what happens to a ship without a Gellar Field.
      • A fan who's never seen this movie would easily mistake screen captures showing the horror elements for Chaos at work, right down to the villain's various different looks. The fact that the mundane parts are all dark and gritty helps.
      • Dark, gritty, covered in corpses, Spikes of Doom! and Meat Moss. Don't forget that.
      • Not to mention the "technogothic" architecture, which is all too similar to the Imperium of Man's aesthetics. Especially toward its voidships.
      • And then there's the Gravity Drive having what looks very suspiciously similar to a Chaos star. If that wasn't enough, several of the Hellish symbols and icons Weir inscribes in Medical from DJ's blood are just as similar to Chaos runes.
      • /tg/ even jokes that Event Horizon is a "documentary" of humanity's first trip into the Warp, and that, as (very disturbingly) supported by the Captain's Log, Slaanesh was who (what) they made contact with (ran into) on the other side.
    • Another segment of fans see Event Horizon as a Hellraiser film. Weir even transforms into a Cenobite for the same reasons that other Cenobites were created: from regret, pain, and loss.
    • Doom fans see it as a Spiritual Licensee as well, and many fans consider this movie more like Doom to the actual Doom movie. After all, the story basically a teleportation trip that accidentally breached Hell, releasing all sorts of nastiness when it comes back.
      • There's even a rather popular Game Mod for Doom 3 that's based off of this film.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A lot has been made of Interstellar using the same visual demonstration of "folding space" as Weir.
    • Jason Isaacs' appearance in Star Trek: Discovery. Not only does he play the captain of a starship that features an experimental FTL drive, but said starship ends up jumping dimensions through said experimental FTL drive. And just like Event Horizon, the dimension the Discovery ends up in is far from pleasant...
  • Memetic Mutation: "oooOOOAAAHHHHHH!"
    • "Where we're going, we won't need eyes to see."
    • "We're leaving."
  • Moral Event Horizon: Weir is The Woobie dealing with Jerk Ass crewmates - but then he deliberately crosses the Moral Event Horizon by refusing to let the others leave because he has nothing to live for anymore.
    Weir: You can't leave. She won't let you.
    Miller: You just get your gear and get back on the Lewis & Clark, Doctor, or you'll find yourself walkin' home.
    Weir: I am home.
  • Narm: Despite being incredibly terrifying and very well done, the final battle between Weir and Miller uses rather silly stock sound effects for each punch. It wasn't so much a problem in 1997, but in today's world you hear the effects in almost every flash animation or cheap cartoon.
  • Nausea Fuel: Shiploads of it. Let's start with the ship's log and the images Weir shows Miller. Special mention has to go to the scene where Weir vivisects D.J., then leaves his gutted body hanging there for Miller and Starck to find.
    • Gone Horribly Right: Real life example. Andersen and the rest of the creative staff intended this to be a major factor and proceeded accordingly. Unfortunately they did far too good of a job, resulting in the negative test screenings (as in people in the test audience outright fainting) and the footage cuts.
  • Spiritual Licensee:
    • This movie is sometimes seen as an unofficial adaptation of the Doom or Warhammer 40,000 franchises. Or even, both. It wasn't called Doom, but this was rather faithful to the background story of the game, which was that some scientists in space were experimenting with teleportation, and they created a portal, but instead of taking them from point A to point B, it led straight to hell. And hell's army comes out of the portal and threatens to doom our universe. That's the plot of the movie Event Horizon to a tee, made in 1997. It's even considered a better Doom adaptation than the actual Doom movie.
    • Dead Space could be seen as one to this film.
    • Some see the movie as a de facto remake of the Disney space horror flick (yes, really) The Black Hole, which also features a spaceship encountering an abandoned gothic vessel and a mad doctor obsessed with traversing a black hole and ultimately ending up in Hell.
  • Tearjerker:
    • It's hard to watch Weir descend into madness and relive his wife's suicide.
    • "...Mama bear?"
    • The face that Smith makes when he realizes the Lewis and Clark, which he had just finished fixing is about to explode. Right as he sees the timer on the bomb, his expression is heart-wrenching.
    • Miller's story about the young crewman under his command that he was forced to leave behind in a fire to save the rest of his crew. As he tells the story to D.J., the pain on his face is clear.
  • Vindicated by History: The film was a critical and commercial bomb when it was first released, but contemporary reviews are kinder, naming it one of the scariest films ever made and comparing it to John Carpenter's The Thing (1982), another sci-fi horror film that was poorly received at first, but been regarded more favourably with time.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Justin walks into the engine room and sees a strange black gateway appear in the center of the gravity drive. What does he do? Attempt to reach into it. Likewise, when Peters sees a hallucination of her dead son, she wanders off to follow him, knowing full well that the ship is trying to mess with their heads. It gets her killed.
      • Consider both are being mesmerized by whatever it is that is in the ship. Remember, the whole ship is alive. Birds don't want to be mesmerized by snakes, but they are anyway.
      • Also for consideration is the fact that, by the time things start to get very freaky, the carbon dioxide levels on the ship were rapidly reaching toxic levels and the crew would have been prone to hallucinations (which may possibly have been mentioned at some point in the film itself), along with lowered judgement.
      • Reportedly, Justin reaching for the black hole is one of the scenes that got cut for length in the theatrical edit, and a "director's cut" of Event Horizon would have done a better job of setting up that scene. Unfortunately, the footage went missing at some point after the film's release, preventing that director's cut from ever being made.
    • The same happens to Dr. Weir ("Open the door.") He's too emotionally weak to withstand the ship.
    • In short, any time somebody on board has a "I'll just do this first" idea, questions need to be asked about why they think they just need to finish this task up, right this second — despite being spooked. Particularly if it isolates them and they've realized that the ship's not right.
    • In fact, anytime someone's immediate reaction to things going on is NOT just shooting off an escape pod... Which makes Miller's reaction rather a CMOA....
  • The Woobie:
    • Justin. "If you saw what I had seen, you wouldn't try and stop me."
    • Dr. Weir, before he crosses the Moral Event Horizon.