Horror Review: Pandorum (2009)


Two crew members are stranded on a spacecraft and quickly – and horrifically – realize they are not alone. Two astronauts awaken in a hyper-sleep chamber aboard a seemingly abandoned spacecraft. It’s pitch black, they are disoriented, and the only sound is a low rumble and creak from the belly of the ship.

Pandorum is a 2009 German-American science fiction thriller/horror film, now I usually stay away from films that have a mouthful description, but upon seeing the trailer for this film, I had to see it and I’m glad I did.


When it comes to do cross-genre films it is not the easiest task, also when it comes to films in space the history isn’t full of success, so when you get a film where it’s the 2 together you have to wonder if it’ll work. The studio obviously had faith in it, giving them a budget of nearly $35million.

Truth is, this film works so well! It’s eerie and dark, a thrilling film to watch. The storyline is a very solid one and cudo’s to the casting department, not one bad choice was made, more like surprising, but in a good way.


One thing I loved about this film is it gets you thinking, not in a “Ow my brain hurts” way, more of a “Wow this is great” way. It’s not over the top or flashy, it just plays out at a nicely paced speed, keeping you entertained throughout its 108 minutes run time.

The effects are also great, it’s a film to watch to understand why. One thing I loved about this film was Dennis Quaid, who shows us there’s more to him than family-friendly, romantic-comedy roles, a truly talented actor who I hope does more films of this nature in the future.


I will admit that this film isn’t everyone’s cop of tea, but if you’re a fan of the “Alien” franchise then give this a try.

To see the trailer for “Pandorum” click here


Miscellaneous facts about the film:

  • The sixth film released in select D-BOX enabled cinemas, located in the US and Canada. In D-BOX’s words, the motion control technology “adds to the movie’s plot and underlying themes of fear, terror and explosive action by offering realistic sensations during most of the film’s action scenes.” 
  • First movie to have brothers Ben Foster and Jon Foster work together.
  • The movie was originally planned to be shot on video as a low-budget feature for $200,000, in an abandoned paper mill with unknown actors until Impact Pictures read the script and showed interest. Writer Travis Milloy never thought it would be considered as a studio production because of its dark tone. 
  • Ben Foster insisted to eat real live insects instead of using special F/X or dead ones. 
  • André Hennicke, who plays the lead hunter, can be seen without the monster make-up. He plays the commanding officer of young Gallo in the opening scene. 
  • The child hunter is played by Asia Luna Mohmand, daughter of the director, Christian Alvart. 
  • ‘Pandorum’ is the first film in a proposed trilogy, but it is doubtful the sequels will ever see the light of day due to the first film’s low box-office performance. 
  • The name of the ship, ‘Elysium’, means a place or state of perfect happiness. In Greek mythology, the preferred heroes of the gods were transported to Elysium, their final resting place at the ends of the Earth. This is a figurative interpretation of the journey to Tanis, the Earth-like planet considered to be the paradise for the “chosen”. 
  • Travis Milloy wrote a preliminary script which was set on a prison ship. The characters Nadia and Manh were inmates. Bower was a non-prisoner who didn’t trust anyone. The producers gave the script to director Christian Alvart who was shocked by the similarities to his own screenplay titled ‘No Where’. His dramatic story was about four astronauts aboard a settlers’ ship who suffer from amnesia. Alvart decided that they should weld the two screenplays together, and the producers and Milloy agreed.

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