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01st Dec 2023

An under-appreciated sci-fi is among the movies on TV tonight

Simon Kelly

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It’s become a cult classic following its box office flop.

Congratulations on making it to the end of the week. Why not treat yourself to some sweet, sweet movies on TV tonight?

Luckily for all of us, there’s a great selection on the box this evening and among them is what could be considered an under-appreciated horror sci-fi in the form of 1997’s Event Horizon, which is our pick of the night.

Upon release, it was hailed as a massive flop and was ripped apart by critics. However in recent years, it’s become a cult classic, with a lot of people re-examining the work. And we think you should too.

Event Horizon is our pick of the movies on TV this evening

Starring an impressive cast including Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Joely Richardson, Jason Isaacs and Kathleen Quinlan, the film centres on a spaceship that goes missing after travelling through a portal and suddenly reappears years later, with a sentient evil attached.

Here’s what JOE wrote about it on its 25 year anniversary last year:

That cathedral-like abandoned ship, the massively creepy “core”, the truly chilling score playing out over the whole thing, the great cast treating the film with the respect it deserves, and a level of mind-bending violence that, even when scaled back, that is still above and beyond the levels most major horror movies shy away from.

Event Horizon is on Film Four at 11.05pm.

All the other movies on TV tonight

If you’re not into Event Horizon this evening, don’t fret – there’s plenty of other options on the telly later, starting with…

Under Siege – Film Four – 9pm
An Academy Award- nominated action thriller starring Steven Seagal, Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey aboard a Navy SEAL battleship. About as 90’s as it can get.

Charlie’s Angels – E4 – 9pm
Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska star as the new generation of angels in this 2019 action comedy flick. While it’s received mixed reviews, the continuation in the franchise definitely has some good moments. Worth a watch if you ask us!

Reservoir Dogs – Dave – 9.35pm
A classicly slick Tarantino flick and one of the most iconic movies of all time. Not much more needs to be said about this 1992 crime caper starring the brilliant cast of Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Michael Madsen, Tarantino, and Edward Bunker.

Parenthood – RTÉ Two – 10pm
Steve Martin stars in this brilliant ensemble family comedy about the highs and lows of raising children. Directed by Ron Howard, it’s also got a very young Joaquin Phoenix and Keanu Reeves featuring.

First Man – Film Four – 12.55am
If you’re having a late one on the couch, then there’s no better way to spend it than watching Ryan Gosling float around space in this 2018 biopic about Neil Armstrong.

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