Event Horizon (partially lost unreleased 130-minute cut of sci-fi horror film; 1997)

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Event Horizon was a 1997 sci-fi horror film directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. Initially, the film ran for at least 130 minutes. This cut contained far more graphic violence and gore than the released version of the film. When Anderson screened the film for Paramount, they were disturbed by how horribly gruesome it was. Anderson felt that they had not been given enough time in post-production to completely refine the cut, and it went before test audiences too early.[1] Consequently, the test audiences were equally upset with the gruesome content, and the negative reactions led to Paramount forcing Anderson to edit the film by 30 minutes, specifically the extremely grim material.

Portions of the deleted scenes were included as bonus features on the 2006 DVD release. Unfortunately, they were sourced from poor quality footage, and had editor's marks visible in various places. Supposedly, the cut scenes were found in, of all places, a Transylvanian salt mine, but they had deteriorated beyond repair.[2] According to the director's commentary, Paramount had scrapped the rest of the deleted footage, as they were not interested in keeping it.

During an interview at ComicCon 2012, Anderson revealed that producer Lloyd Levin had found the original cut of the film on a VHS. However, nothing has been heard of it since.

Deleted Material[edit | edit source]

Daylight Station deleted scene (courtesy of TheDronemaster)[edit | edit source]

Portions of extended Hell sequence (courtesy of DaneTheConqueror)[edit | edit source]

Warning: includes content that may be disturbing.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Commentary describing first cut (courtesy of welaughatstupidshit): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htb6Fj7CE7k
  2. http://www.movie-censorship.com/news.php?ID=3918