The Void (2017)

Think Carpenter meets Lovecraft… The Thing meets Silent Hill…

Shortly after delivering a patient to an understaffed hospital, a police officer experiences strange and violent occurrences seemingly linked to a group of mysterious hooded figures.

Directing duo Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski take the audience on stylish throwback to sci-fi horror mysteries of the 1980s. The Void is absolutely wild for its use of practical effects. It is a total breath of fresh air to see some practical effects, when recently it feels like we live in a world of cinema where everything has to be created via CG.

The design for this movie is so spot on. From the get go there is a grungey atmosphere settling over a semi abandoned hospital, surrounded by nightmarish hooded figures. It is total lovecraftian territory. But it is the monsters that steal the show. You can never quite grasp what it is that you are looking at, no doubt a budgetary decision to cast the creatures in shadow, but you see enough gore and gooiness to be pleasantly terrified.

It’s true the filmmakers respectfully relish in their own true style, but that’s about all that The Void has going for it. The mythos is a little all over the place and the narrative is muddled and becomes far too ambiguous in its climatic reach. The performances are all pretty bland, but there are moments of hilarity that save this creature feature.

The Void is a nostalgic throwback of low budget 1980s horror. It’s a little cheesy, but good cheesy and I think the filmmakers knew exactly what they were doing here. The Void has got mad style, but unfortunately it’s a case of style over substance.

7.0 / 10

“Statistically you’re more likely to die in a hospital than anywhere else”

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