Towards the end, Miller, driven by the need to atone for his past, sacrifices himself along with the ship to save two members of his crew. Weir, who is possessed to the point of no return, is sucked into space, but still comes back to haunt Miller moments before his noble sacrifice. The true nature of Miller’s tragic fate hits harder when one realizes that he does not simply choose to die, but chooses to willingly relegate himself to hell. The denotation triggers the black hole, which sucks Miller into hell — haunted by the visions of the burning man he could not save, Miller decides to willingly bear the cross of his own sins, while allowing his crewmates a chance at salvation. An almost Jesus-like figure, if you will, just amidst the backdrop of an inescapable death maze.

Starck, Cooper, and a comatose Justin, who manage to survive hell and await being rescued, are not completely in the clear. The dread of being dragged back to the gaping jaws of fear jolts Starck on the verge of salvation when she hallucinates Weir posing as one of the rescuers. This trauma will outlive the temporary relief of the survivors, especially if one keeps in mind that Justin was forced into stasis after he had attempted to kill himself after experiencing horrors. Alternatively, it is unclear whether Weir’s presence is real or a nightmare, heightening the ambiguity that grips the fates of the final trio. Even if they did manage to escape, can one truly escape the clutches of a primordial terror that uses our fears to drive us insane?

Ultimately, “Event Horizon” endures and persists due to Anderson’s chilling vision of what humanity’s deepest fears look like. Needless to say, it ain’t pretty. 

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