Event Horizon (directed by Paul W.S. Anderson) is one of those films horror fans seems to either love or hate; those of us who do love it, however, love the hell out of it! It’s long been known that much of Event Horizon was left on the cutting room floor; and, in the pre-DVD era where deleted scenes were a rarity, none of the excised footage was saved for posterity. This is a sore spot among Event Horizon fans who will forever be left wondering what could have been.
One of our favorite UK film critics is Mr. H, a horror expert how regularly posts videos on his YouTube channel. After a recent retrospective on Event Horizon, he was inundated with requests to unearth the lost footage from the film. While nothing exists (as previously mentioned) he produced a follow-up that explains what was cut. Give it a spin below, followed by the synopsis and trailer for Event Horizon, released in 1997.
If you can’t stream, some of the highlights are briefly summarized below the video.
- Scenes exploring the fears of many supporting characters were cut:
- Cooper’s biggest fear was losing someone he cares about.
- D.J. was scarred in a childhood operation and feared being cut.
- There was an extended sequence of Peter’s violent hallucinations involving her son.
- There was a jump-scare centered around Justin’s hibernation pod.
- William Weir hallucinates Justin turning into his dead wife.
- There was a flashback to Weir’s wife committing suicide.
- During the finale when a hibernation chamber releases a torrent of blood, Dr. Weir turned into a demon and smiled sadistically; he crawled around like a spider and tormented the surviving crew members.
- There were extended sequences involving the crew engaged in a blood orgy, mutilating one another. This included someone pulling his own huts out through his mouth.
When the Event Horizon, a spacecraft that vanished years earlier, suddenly reappears, a team is dispatched to investigate the ship. Accompanied by the Event Horizon’s creator, William Weir (Sam Neill), the crew of the Lewis and Clark, led by Capt. Miller (Laurence Fishburne), begins to explore the seemingly abandoned vessel. However, it soon becomes evident that something sinister resides in its corridors, and that the horrors that befell the Event Horizon’s previous journey are still present.