An 'Event Horizon' Director's Cut Will Never Happen Due to Lost Footage

Sunday, 21 May 2017 - 2:33PM
Sunday, 21 May 2017 - 2:33PM
An 'Event Horizon' Director's Cut Will Never Happen Due to Lost Footage
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Event Horizon is a cult movie through and through. It made less than half its budget back in theaters, critics hated it, and since it bombed in 1997, it's become a beloved sci-fi horror movie with unsettling performances from Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix, Apocalypse Now) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park)

It's become a surprising success for director Paul W.S. Anderson, who's had a shaky film career unless you're a die-hard fan of Resident Evil movies (but if you're a fan of his Alien vs. Predator, then respectfully, keep that to yourself). But while even gorier footage for Event Horizon was shot without making it into the theatrical cut, the chances of seeing a director's cut are slim to none, since neither Anderson nor Paramount Pictures know what happened to the footage.

Speaking to Crave Online, Anderson explained that the "messed up version" of his movie might not exist any longer:

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"There was a lot more that was shot that isn't in the movie. But you'll never see the messed up version because we made Event before the kind of DVD revolution. You know, DVD ushered in this era when you had to have additional footage, deleted scenes, things like that. There was no call for that back when we were just doing VHS cassettes and LaserDiscs. So the material just wasn't archived very well, and since the movie became a big cult classic, Paramount have asked us to come back in and do different versions and we looked for the material, and it just doesn't exist."
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The idea that there was footage even more graphic than Event Horizon's final version - a movie not recommended for anyone with light stomachs - is a scary and rather impressive thought. So it's either a shame or a relief that it's not around anymore, depending on how much you enjoy watching astronauts get slaughtered by extradimensional alien entities.

And while Anderson doubts he'd ever make a sequel, he notes that the movie's picked up its share of fans over the years, including Kurt Russell (who was most recently seen in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2). So Event Horizon's legacy has generally been positive, which is good:

Opening quote
"I met with John Goldwyn, who was the head of production at Paramount, like a year afterwards, and he said, 'You know, we really messed that movie up. We should have released it better. We could have released it better. It's a better movie than the marketing campaign we gave it.' But I'm very happy with what happened with the movie. You know, it did reasonable business when it came out but it wasn't like spectacular in any regard.

But over time it grew, and actually when it came out I screened it for Kurt Russell, who I was about to make a movie with, and he said, 'Forget about what this movie's doing now. In fifteen years time, this is going to be the movie you're glad you made' and he was right. Smart guy."
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If you've never seen Event Horizon, the movie is a horror flick set in space à la Alien, following a crew sent to investigate a ship called the "Event Horizon," which disappeared for several years after testing a new type of warp technology. It quickly becomes clear that the ship brought something back with it from the warp, and things get a tad bloody shortly after. That's an understatement, the movie's been compared to The Exorcist and Hellraiser in terms of the body horror that follows. Have fun with it.

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Via: /Film
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