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Friday Film Club: Death Proof (2007) & A Smile Is Very Alluring (2016)

Hi folks and welcome to the The Friday Film Club where both myself and Kim will be highlighting a film which we feel is worth checking out. At the same time we would love to hear your own selections whether your choosing to just name them in the comments section or join us in arguing the case for your film on your blog, let us know and we will share it below.

Kim’s Pick –  One Smile is Very Alluring (2016)

One Smile is Very Alluring, also called Love O2O is a movie based on a novel by Chinese author Gu Man. An interesting element is that it was also made into a TV series in the same year. While its easy to do a comparison of the two with both of them having their own positives, the movie version was released first and because of its confined length, is packaged with more focus on the romance side rather than the inspirational youth entrepreneur sort of story. At the same time, what stands out for One Smile is Very Alluring is that its romance is focused on a more positive type of relationship rather than more typical Chinese romantic dramas that tend to be all about bringing in emotional breakups and cry fests. 

One Smile Is Very Alluring tells the story of a random meeting between two people. The first is Xiao Nai (Boran Jing), the popular boy in school who doesn’t really care for anyone else but his own circle of friends but as both good grades and handsome looks, making him the crush of all the girls in the university. The second is the department belle, Wei Wei (Angelababy) who has a lot of book smarts but also is the top female online game player on the same server as Xiao Nai. Xiao Nai’s love at first sight moment was not Wei Wei’s beauty or her smarts but from his meeting her randomly as he saw her join into the online game battle and the dexterity of her motions and controls. He approaches her in the game, also being the top player on the server and start their relationship there. The conflicts that occur throughout their cute beginning involves a lot of the outside elements involving online bullying as well as rumors and career issues. 

There’s no doubt that the story itself is slightly generic but it’s also because it breaks away from the typical sad drama element and keeps things fairly positive that makes this movie very feel-good. At the same time, it has some strong cast behind it, especially since it marks the beginning for a few actors and actresses that have now gotten some fame in Chinese dramas other than its two main leads. Boran Jing has been in the business with a lot of his work mostly involved in movies, like The Bullet Vanishes. Opposite him is Angelababy who has been in some Hollywood films like Independence Day: Resurgence and Hitman: Agent 47 and really delivers on the role of Wei Wei being both smart, beauty and the online gaming elements. The setting is both in reality and in the gaming world with a lot of other gaming references as well. Sure, it has some generic flaws but its a rarely seen positive romance with a decent amount of chemistry between the two that its worth a visit, especially a nice starting point to get into this story before deciding to check out the TV series, which fleshes out the story more. 

You can check out Kim’s TV binge of Love O2O as a companion piece to the movie HERE.

Elwood’s Pick – Death Proof (2007)

With Tarantino currently courting as much praise as he is controversy for his latest film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood this time surprisingly not for the violence nor controversial language but rather from Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon taking offence of how her father is potrayed in the film especially when he loses a fight to Brad Pitt’s ageing stuntman in a scene designed to show the battle between new and old Hollywood. Of course it should be noted how little qualms she has about selling out her father’s legacy and likeness to sell everything from booze to cleaning products.

Still considering how Tarantino is hardly a director to be rushed and who also currently plans to retire with his next film which will only be his 10th but as is always the case when he does finally release a new film we look at his back catalogue which this time has seen Jackie Brown receiving a renewed interest and appreciation like Halloween 3: Season of the Witch both films initially being relegated to the bottom of the pile only to raised to the upper ranks upon fresh viewing but for myself the title most worth revisiting would always be this film.

Suffering a problematic release as it was torn away from its original double feature presentation Grindhouse after the Weinstein’s got cold feet and distributed both Death Proof and Planet Terror as solo films much to the dismay of us folks in the UK who were left feeling kinda cheated only years later finally getting a blu-ray release of the double feature experience. Still now the dust has settled on that whole fiasco Death Proof can finally be appreciated for the unique charms as Tarantino gives us a slasher movie with a twist with the psychotic former Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) using his custom stunt car to orchestrate vehicular carnage on his victims.

Initially introducing Radio DJ Jungle Julia (Sydney Tamiia Poitier) and her pals as they make a stop off at a bar on their way to the Lakehouse only to soon fall foul of Stuntman Mike and pulls a real surprise in how Tarantino essentially introduces and kills his group of girls so that he can introduce a second group featuring Stunt woman Zoe Ball playing herself along with a group of fictional friends with plans to go for a test drive a replica of the Vanishing Point car (a white 1970 Dodge Challenger) only for them also to catch the attention of Stuntman Mike who is once again on the prowl.

Much like Kill Bill Vol. 1 here we have a movie were Tarantino is setting out to just have fun than create the kind of deep world building that we get in the likes of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, instead he is creating the kind of movie that the characters in those films might go and see. At the same time he approached the film with the aim of create his own car chase movie worthy of holding its own alongside the movies he clearly holds so dear like the aforementioned Vanishing Point as well the likes of Dirty Mary Crazy Larry and White Line Fever which are unsurprised paid homage to.

As such like Mad Max: Fury Road the film is essentially an excuse to film an extensive and not to mention totally kick ass car chase movie, which takes full advantage of Zoe Bell’s Stuntwoman background by having her riding the bonnet of the car for the first half of the chase like a human hood ornament in a possible nod to Fair Game (1985)

Were the film really falls apart is when Tarantino attempts to include characters outside of the main girl groups whose banter is fun and almost a return to the quotable patter which made his early films so memorable, while Eli Roth’s inclusion like all his attempts at acting makes you wonder why he was included. Equally on fantastic form though is Kurt Russell despite not initially being on his shortlist having rumoured to have gotten the role when Mickey Rourke dropped out. Despite this Russell owns the role with a performance which as eccentric as it is high energy as he clearly is getting a thrill out of the girls not being the easy kill he was expecting as the two cars tear up the asphalt.

Sure it might not be his strongest film but for pure popcorn thrills and excitement it’s well worth giving it another look either as part of Grindhouse or in it’s extended standalone form.

So you’ve seen our picks for this week’s double feature but what are your movie watching plans this weekend?

Let us know in the comments section below.

Round Up

Quentin Tarantino’s Feature Presentation – A three part mini-series in which Tarantino sits down with film critic Amy Nicholson to discuss five films which impacted him from a diverse selection which includes Point Blank, Valley Girl and Boogie Nights

Zobo With A Shotgun Podcast – Zoe continues her history of extreme cinema with a look at the cinema of 1984 – 1989. Continuing her world domination you can also check out her new webshow The Unrated Cut as along with her co-host Chris Nials they discuss thier favourite extreme horror cinema.

Visitations – Elijah Wood and Daniel Noah of indie production company SpectreVision visit the homes and workshops of some of their favorite creators in the genre community and beyond, including Taika Waititi, Ana Lily Amirpour John Landis and Dan Harman

 

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The Devil’s Backbone (2001) – Kim’s Take

Check out our podcast review HERE.

The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

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Director: Guillermo Del Toro
Cast: Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi, Fernando Tielve, Inigo Garces, Irene Visedo, Junio Valverde

After Carlos – a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War – arrives at an ominous boys’ orphanage, he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must uncover. – IMDB

Guillermo Del Toro returns to Spanish films as he creates this horror drama that takes a twist on the traditional ghost story. The Devil’s Backbone has always been regarded as a strong film in the Del Toro filmography and its one that brings around a lot of originality while still having the factors of multiple parallel plot points and character relationships as a result, creating depth in its myriad of characters.

The Devil’s Backbone is a fantastic film. The main reasoning behind it being that despite its slower pacing, this film finds it footing of the multi-genre approach and the rare gem that creates a horror with both depth and properly executed twists and build-up. He starts the film as a ghost story, introducing us to a ghost boy Santi haunting the orphanage as well as the bullying theme which brings together the boys and their respective troubles that eventually bring them together by the end. At the same time, its makes us question the unresolved issue that keeps Santi there. The orphanage itself and the general setting is not only plagued with impending political issues as well as an unexploded bomb in the grounds that has its own set of questions and assumptions from the characters.

What deserves real mention here are the core characters other than Carlos but the adult characters who each have their own imperfections, be it the headmistress with her artificial leg who finds emotional companionship in his friend, Dr. Casares, played by Federico Luppi while also enjoying the physical desire she gets from a twisted young character, Jacinto (Eduardo Noriega) who has ulterior motives. While the characters weaker in nature like Dr. Casares and Jacinto’s fiancee, Conchita, played by Irene Visedo, end up finding a strength when things take a turn for the worst in the final act. At the same time, the human villain here, Jacinto which Eduardo Noriego does a great job at interpreting because the character is also written with so much depth, with proper motives and twisted psychological and never admitting defeat sort of deal, making him a character with no limits to when he stops and that makes him even harder to forgive.

Del Toro creates misdirection in one way and also boasts his ability to create human monsters rather than the typical route of making the paranormal spirits the big evil. With that said, the horror drama here leans more towards the drama aspects than the horror. It isn’t to say that when the horror moments happen that it doesn’t deliver some chilling goosebumps moments with its sound design and atmosphere.

Have you seen The Devil’s Backbone?
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Mimic (1997) – Kim’s Take

Mimic (1997)

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Director: Guillermo del Toro

Cast: Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Alexander Goodwin, Giancarlo Giannini, Charles S. Dutton, Josh Brolin

Three years ago, entomologist Dr. Susan Tyler genetically created an insect to kill cockroaches carrying a virulent disease. Now, the insects are out to destroy their only predator, mankind. – IMDB

Guillermo Del Toro’s second film takes him to Hollywood. Of course, creature features and sci-fi insects and such takes on a new twist with Mimic. There are some familiar elements here and even some scenes that gives nods to other movies, most prominently one scene that reminds me heavily of Alien. Mimic is quite as slow-burn as its predecessor and while there is some unnecessary plotlines, Del Toro still deals with various groups of characters and their stories and eventually these stories lead them to cross paths. There are still a good level of fantasy sci-fi here with its material while also giving it a “playing God” element and ethics of which side of the moral spectrum these characters take in the scope of their situations dealing with the aftermath and what has been created out of a desperate situation.

Leading the cast here is Mira Sorvino who plays a scientist, Susan Tyler and the one who experimented on the insects to create a cure for a spreading epidemic a few years ago which has now come back to haunt her. We see a bit of her back story with her husband, Peter (Jeremy Northam) who are struggling to get pregnant. At the same time, their investigation into the odd happenings via the subway and that ends up splitting up with Peter who goes with his friend (portrayed by a young Josh Brolin) and the subway guard, Leonard (Charles S. Dutton) to go underground while Susan with her assistant goes to check some scientific discoveries where we get a cameo from a young Norman Reedus. We also see a subway shoe-shining father, Manny (Giancarlo Giannini) and his son Chuy’s (Alexander Goodwin) relationship who has a knack of differentiating types of shoes from the sound it makes while being the first to catch onto the weird “shoes” that he can’t figure out and gets fascinated with.

In terms of the scope of the film, it definitely has more tangents because of the different characters and yet while the characters here might not have quite the depth and suspense of Del Toro’s debut Cronos, these characters each have their part in this story and some development as relationships and friendships and camaraderie forms over these trials and tribulations. While the personal issues of Susan and Peter seem disposable and unnecessary, the story does takes on a fantastic pacing when discovering the truth behind these incidents until the final hurrah of events which builds up in tension.  With that said, the film does also have some disjointed moments before these characters all end up intertwined. The character that is the most dynamic would have to be Leonard, the subway guard played by Charles S. Dutton who is something of a comic relief in the tense moments but also carries some depth. That is the joy of Del Toro’s work all the time as he managed to bring atmosphere and character development to his stories. Although Mimic is adapted from a short story by Donald A. Wollheim (which I’ve never read before), Del Toro takes on a co-screen story and screenplay collaboration with Matthew Robbins.

Insects, child endangerment, multiple plot points that intertwine, fantastical creatures and a question about moral and ethics are all things that we see Del Toro dive into with the future movies he directs and somehow in Mimic we can see the a faint starting point as to where it all begins. Mimic is a really good film and probably one that is more underrated in his filmography.

Check out our podcast review HERE.

Cronos (1993) – Kim’s Take

The second season is finally here and we’re taking a look at Guillermo Del Toro’s directorial work. Without further ado, here’s my thoughts on his debut full feature, Cronos.

To listen to our podcast discussion, check it out HERE.

Cronos (1993)

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Director (and writer): Guillermo Del Toro

Cast: Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, Claudio Brook, Tamara Shanath, Margarita Isabel

A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path. – IMDB

If you  haven’t yet dived into the Guillermo del Toro’s roots, Cronos is definitely a strong debut to check out. It is a foreign language film starring Federico Luppi as the main actor, an grandfather and antique store owner who encounters a piece of ancient mechanism. Del Toro shows a vision of giving a fresh twist to the familiar vampire genre in Cronos. Del Toro takes on this debut project not only has a director but also as the writer on the project which shows a level of attachment to this project. His fascination with insects and child endangerment all begin here as well as the atypical villain that shows up in a lot of his films especially with his more famous titles.

If we look at the cast of Cronos, Federico Luppi takes on quite the memorable role as Jesus. As both the grandfather who enters into this ordeal by accident and coincidences, he finds something that rejuvenates and yet creates so much more problems for those seeking this mechanism. It is also the first time that Del Toro works with Ron Perlman who goes on to do Hellboy films with him. Ron Perlman plays a rich man’s nephew who is there for the end game benefits and with that, there is something of an odd motivation for him which somehow justifies itself in the end. Surprisingly, his role shines more than the character of De La Guardia, who is his uncle played by Claudio Brook. However, what is a Del Toro film without looking at the child actress here, Tamara Shanath who plays Aurora, Jesus’s  granddaughter. While her role is fairly supporting, she still remains interwined in the events especially as one that observes a lot of what is going on.

There are issues with Cronos. The first being the pacing being a little harder to catch on. The second is having some odd characters that don’t quite make sense in the spectrum of things completely. In the Mexican horror landscape though, this one has its value especially seeing as this is the debut full-length feature film of Guillermo Del Toro. What excels here is Del Toro’s theme, his creativity in both the idea and writing as well as the direction being able to boast the atmosphere and truly create an immersive story.  The most fascinating design here has to however go to the Cronos mechanism with both its mythical and fantastical elements and how it all unfolds.

The Resident Evil Franchise (2002- 2016) – Kim’s Take

Resident Evil Franchise

The Resident Evil Franchise (2002-2016)

Resident Evil (2002)

Resident Evil

Director & Writer: Paul W. S. Anderson

A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident. – IMDB

The first of the Resident Evil franchise is the one that kicks off the story. It builds up the character of Alice and how the zombie apocalypse happened over Raccoon City (and as we will see across the world by the end of the franchise). The debut of the franchise is the one that possibly closest resembles that of the video game because of its horror nature rather than its action nature as the franchise switches over in the hands of two other directors before landing back in Paul W. S. Anderson’s hands in the directorial seat while he worked on other projects.

The T-Virus may be the cause but the real enemy here set in The Hive, which is an underground facility is run by a computer system called Red Queen who under the Umbrella Corporation programming is set to destroy everything in The Hive including the SWAT team that goes in to help including some familiar faces like Michelle Rodriguez (from the Fast and Furious franchise). However, much like there sequels, the star of the show is always the femme fatale that is created by Milla Jovovich who has her iconic one-liners and fights, falls down and comes back even harder.

While Resident Evil isn’t exactly a horror masterpiece, it definitely does resound in my heart though because of the zombies and the evolution and the nature of the story itself. It has a lot of cool traps in The Hive that make not only Alice intriguing to watch develop but also gives depth to the Red Queen and her schemes.

Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)

Resident Evil Apocalypse

Director: Alexander Witt
Writer: Paul W. S. Anderson

Alice awakes in Raccoon City, only to find it has become infested with zombies and monsters. With the help of Jill Valentine and Carlos Olivera, Alice must find a way out of the city before it is destroyed by a nuclear missile. – IMDB

Resident Evil Apocalypse has never been a memorable highlight of the franchise for myself. The first change in director definitely did have some good ideas thanks to Paul W.S. Anderson retaining the writing role here to make sure that the story did follow through and stayed true to pulling in a video game character adapted for the big screen with a second badass lady, Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory) and adds in a recurring character in future Carlos Olivera (Oded Fehr) who join Alice as she wakes up in an Umbrella Corporation medical facility and escapes into the Raccoon City, now overrun by zombies and monsters.

The most memorable parts is one of the monsters introduced here who (I believe) comes from the video game. That being said, the rewatch for this one definitely yielded more worth than when I first saw it.

Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

Resident Evil Extinction

Director: Russell Mulcahy
Writer: Paul W. S. Anderson

Survivors of the Raccoon City catastrophe travel across the Nevada desert, hoping to make it to Alaska. Alice joins the caravan and their fight against the evil Umbrella Corp. – IMDB

Passing on this project to  another director seems to have yielded some better results as Extinction ranks fairly high for myself. In terms of the setting, the change to desert and Alaska definitely makes a nice change. We get a little further to what Umbrella Corporation is doing while still getting some of the familiar faces as well as getting introduced to another game character, Claire Redfield (Ali Larter). Its an action-packed one and brings in some recurring villains like Albert Wesker (Jason O’Mara) and Dr. Isaacs (Iain Glen).

There is a lot to like about Resident Evil: Extinction solely for the action and the setting itself. Plus, Paul W. S. Anderson stays as the writer which gives the movies a change but still a flow to the story that he wants to tell, which makes him getting back into the director’s seat a good transition.

Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

Resident Evil Afterlife

Director & Writer: Paul W. S. Anderson

While still out to destroy the evil Umbrella Corporation, Alice joins a group of survivors living in a prison surrounded by the infected who also want to relocate to the mysterious but supposedly unharmed safe haven known only as Arcadia. – IMDB

Story-wise, Afterlife may possibly be the one that is the least appealing to myself. While Apocalypse had its flaws, it had some fun cheesy bits, Afterlife had one good thing holding it up and that was the strength of Milla Jovovich’s Alice that made it standout (not to mention possibly one of my favorite outfits that Alice wears). For another, Paul W. S. Anderson being back at the helm did also add some nice visuals to it. It has a somewhat bridge plotline where it introduces some new characters and restricts itself to the one setting. There are some parts here that work well enough however needs probably a suspension of disbelief. However, we do get another of the game characters here with Chris Redfield played by Wentworth Miller, who does a rather good job.

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

Resident Evil: Retribution

Director & Writer: Paul W. S. Anderson

Alice fights alongside a resistance movement to regain her freedom from an Umbrella Corporation testing facility. – IMDB

Resident Evil: Retribution was something of a nice change in pace. Everything that needed to be set was done before. It had taken all the curves and detours it needed to get to this point. Alice is a fleshed out character. The villain is set in place and there is a crew ready to join Alice’s fight. A true merge of the Paul W.S. Anderson’s characters with the game’s characters which adds in a lot of new monsters and gives the story a new life. Its an over the top affair exceeding any of the other films (maybe not Afterlife), however, it moves the plot along quite a bit and the setting of the film and all the effects works well. The shots and the progress of the story itself works well and shows a lot of the visual framing that we love so much from Paul W. S. Anderson. At the same time, the pacing and setting and action all are very fast paced and turns sometimes into a bullet storm. Its a fun time as it leads up to the final showdown in the next movie.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Director & Writer: Paul W. S. Anderson

Alice returns to where the nightmare began: The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. – IMDB

To make it to six films with most of the films having bad ratings is a tough feat to say the least, however, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is set in a desolate  and defeated world. The survivors are minimal and Alice maneuvers through the monster ridden world to find a group of old friends and makes some new ones. The familiar faces are definitely welcome as they wrap things up back in Raccoon City trying to infiltrate The Hive once again. Nothing like a trip down memory lane and revisiting past traps to face the final ending. There is a twist here and Paul W. S. Anderson’s behind the story from start to finish so it works for the most part and is less flawed when you don’t binge watch the entire franchise.

The theme of The Final Chapter is resolution and ending so everyone gets Alice to facedown Wesker and Dr. Isaacs and the now White Queen. The most incredible moments are definitely how the frame of these creatures or the dangerous escape moments and even the elaborate monsters themselves along with the apocalyptic torn apart world. There is a good sense of loneliness with only these few survivors and the final goal. Despite the twists, the story is fairly straight forward. For fans of the franchise, this one works.

If you’d like to check out my ranking of the franchise from best to worst, you can check it out over at my own blog HERE.

Head over to check our podcast review of the entire franchise HERE.

Soldier (1998) – Kim’s Take

Soldier (1998)

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Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

Cast: Kurt Russell, Jason Scott Lee, Connie Nielsen, Jason Isaacs, Sean Pertwee, Gary Busey

A soldier trained from birth is deemed obsolete and dumped on a waste planet where he is reluctantly taken in by a community of defenseless, stranded wayfarers. – IMDB

Popping up in the mid 90’s is this Paul W.S. Anderson film which without a doubt stars a higher calibre actor especially in the decade that its directed in with Kurt Russell in the lead. Soldier happens to also be one of those films that not a whole lot of people have heard about and doesn’t talk about that much.

With that said, being not so familiar with Kurt Russell films to begin with this one highlights a lot of the preconceptions I had of his acting skills.  There’s always a certain amount of praise for an actor who can emote with their expressions instead of their words. This is essentially the centre of this film, as the story revolves around this soldier bred to be ruthless and goal-oriented regardless and yet, when a newer and better version comes along, he is tossed aside and learns to fend for himself while having to learn about this social world outside that he has never been exposed to. I love a good fish out of water story and learning how to mesh back into civilization because despite the content here, it injects a little bit of humor at times to lighten things up.

Paul W. S. Anderson is no doubt a visual director as he brings in his style to make this dystopian world incredibly appealing to watch unfold in front of us. As we see the characteristics of the land and the characters that join into the story in journey of Kurt Russell’s character finding his worth in society. He gets judged for who he is or perhaps was, but soon literally he is a man of action and one of few words. There is no doubt that how the land is shown after he treads the barren desolated area filled with sand storms and other perils and even the group that he joins in, there is a lot of great ways of how the shots give a lot of life and perspective of this world.

There’s a lot to like about Soldier. The story isn’t anything too complicated but these types of stories work well in the realm of the projects that Paul W. S. Anderson chooses. It helps to elevate the way he shoots the movie and constructs his scene. Kurt Russell also is a major focal point here because his character gets a lot of room to develop and he does a great job while using as few words as possible. There are some great supporting characters, most notably by Connie Nielsen and Sean Pertwee who play a couple who have conflicting views of this soldier joining their community and quickly have a change of mind as his rather harsh upbringing does educate the community with more defensive ways. There are some great moments in Soldier and for that, it deserves your viewing.

You can check out our podcast episode HERE.

Event Horizon (1997) – Kim’s Take

Event Horizon (1997)

Director: Paul W. S. Anderson

Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, Joely Richardson, Richard T. Jones, Jack Noseworthy, Jason Isaacs, Sean Pertwee

A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned…with someone or something new on-board. – IMDB

Paul W.S. Anderson’s change in film genres is definitely making his filmography nice and colorful. As he hops into the sci-fi psychological thriller genre with might I say, a rather impressive cast, seeing both some of the successes before and after Event Horizon, there is a certain calibre here that many forget to appreciate. Sam Neill had taken a dangerous adventure with dinosaurs in a Jurassic Park 2 years before and Laurence Fishburne will soon go with Keanu Reeves into the Matrix 2 years later and well, Jason Isaacs is due for a visit to Diagon Alley and Hogwarts 4 years later and of course, Sean Pertwee takes us for even more wild rides to the most recent version of Alfred in TV series Gotham. Suffice to say, these achievements for this cast is mostly just the tip of the iceberg.

Anderson is quite the craftsman when it comes to structure and with Event Horizon, he is able to use his skillful cinematography to structure these shots to make it all come together. Event Horizon, the spacecraft itself is full of fantastically atmospheric setting where it has so much suspense in its details. Some of which is revealed through lighting and lack thereof as we follow the crew to explore the corners of this deserted ship. Blood-splattered windows and the quietly structured areas, its really a play on how fantastic the sound and silence all play into putting this film together.

The story itself is also very impressive. It carries the sci-fi plot into quite the mystery, making everyone question what happened as we watch the crew fall in distress and be mesmerized by some mysterious evil. A haunted ship is quite scary here especially in some of the places the characters need to venture in like the narrow vents and the odd elongated structure of Event Horizon. Both the ship feel  alive just as much as the characters all have their balance and roles to make this story a memorable experience that provides so many thrills. Both horror and thriller and psychological experiences are hard to get right but I’d have to say that Event Horizon ticks those boxes so very well.

Event Horizon is one of those films that sends chills down my back every time I watch it. Knowing what happens doesn’t make the experience any less thrilling than the first viewing. Paul W. S. Anderson may have some questionable titles in his filmography but never forget that Event Horizon is one of those shining moments that show just how skilled he is as a director.

Listen to our podcast discussion HERE.