No one can hear you scream in space, which just makes trying even sadder.
The goal of this series is to show that being "manly" and being disconnected with your emotions do not necessarily go hand-in-hand. While the approach to these articles is one of comedy and satire, the emotional core of these movies is very valid. Manly movies make guys cry, for example:
With Interstellar making polarizing waves as to whether it was enjoyable or not, and NASA announcing missions to Mars, this seemed like a good time to talk about how scary space is. Originally I was planning on doing a list on space travel movies, but darn it if we aren't terrified of space. The best films about space are the ones where things go wrong, and the best course of action is just not to be in space anymore. Whether its mechanical failures, sabotage, or some sort of alien monster trying to eat our eyeballs, space films outside of the main "Wars" and "Trek" franchises are basically horror films.
They're manly, they're awesome, and they routinely make us cry.
1. Event Horizon
A ship that harnesses the power of an artificial black hole to travel faster than light? "Why not? Sounds like a good idea," say the engineers in this film. I'll tell you why not: because the ship pulls a Doom 3 and stops off in Hell before coming back to our dimension. Sam "Jurassic Park" Neill takes a group of future dead bodies to recover the ship, not knowing that the ship is basically space-haunted. The ship design in this film is iconic, and the film itself has garnered a cult classic status despite not really being a cult movie to start with.
The emotional moments of this film reside in the evilness of the ship trying to drive Sam Neill insane (spoiler alert: it succeeds spectacularly). Granted, he was a little unhinged from the get-go due to his spouse committing suicide. "SUICIDE, YOU SAY?!" says the evil ship, then makes Sam relive the discovery of his dead wife. Once is bad, but to take such a horrible situation and twist it so that the dead loved one mocks you? That's a low blow.