Graveyard Shift

The Production Of 'Event Horizon' Was Its Own Level Of Hell

Event Horizon is considered a sci-fi cult classic today. But like many cult classics, it first had to endure a tough time at the box office. The 1997 film tells the story of a ship called the Event Horizon that disappeared after testing an experimental gravity drive that could create a black hole. When the Event Horizon mysteriously reappears, a rescue ship called the Lewis and Clark is sent to investigate, but its crew quickly realizes that the Horizon is much more sinister than they realized: It's become sentient after traveling to an alternate dimension, and it wants to destroy them. 

From the outset, the movie itself was nearly as doomed as the crew of the Lewis and Clark. Paramount rushed it into production to compensate for Titanic's many delays. Director Paul W.S. Anderson was given far less time to work on Event Horizon than a typical film would receive. The set was plagued with problems and accidents, and the cast considered it "cursed." Anderson turned in a rushed cut that freaked out test audiences so badly that it had to be severely edited. As a result, it was a box office flop. 

Despite its flaws, Event Horizon still has plenty for sci-fi and horror fans to enjoy, from impressive set design to memorable scares to disturbing visuals. Here's the story of how Event Horizon overcame a hellish production to become a cult classic.