A film directed by visual and makeup effects artists is nothing new and neither is anything found within The Void, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Written and directed by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski, The Void is a gore-tastic, Lovecraftian tinged, claustrophobic, paranoia inducing WTF did I just see horror fun fest.
Daniel Carter (Aaron Poole) is the requisite cop in the no-name small town who has the unfortunate luck of picking up the token stranger who is mysteriously injured. He takes this stranger to the local hospital where his estranged wife (aren’t they all?) works. Working on a skeleton crew, the hospital staff is also deciding how to properly deal with the local pregnant lady who is, inexplicably, going into labor when the otherworldly, cult-following shit hits the fan.
They realize the hospital is surrounded by cloaked figures who kill anyone that tries to escape and just when they think things can’t become more cliche, the phone lines are cut, guns and ammunition are in short supply and two badass strangers show up who may, or may not, have nefarious motives. Wait. Let’s not forget the young girl who immediately goes into a crazed, unproductive panic, the older and esteemed doctor who is strangely uncooperative and the fact that, despite being in a hospital, they are not equipped to deliver the baby. You’ve seen this movie a hundred times over, but that can be said about most films. The bones of this story are simple, but sturdy and the directors have delivered a film with genuine moments of suspense, stress, chaos and, best of all, enjoyable gross out moments.
It’s simply impossible to speak about The Void without mentioning the fact that Gillespie and Kostanski both have impressive resumes in the visual side of horror. Most notably, they both worked on Hannibal and Suicide Squad. Together, they have also written and directed the full feature film Father’s Day. The practical effects on display in The Void are simply stunning and one has to wonder if they had been anything less than that if it would be so easy to forgive all of the other generic elements of the film. With a convoluted story, an ending that is more than just a little ambiguous and a strange mixture of straight up horror with metaphysical sci-fi mumbo jumbo, The Void requires you to let go of logic on an epic level, but it’s ability to deliver on the creatures, gore and the near perfect pacing of the action brings it all together in a wonderfully wackadoo piece of horror.
Signature Entertainment presents The Void at UK cinemas from 31st March on Digital 7th April and DVD & Blu-ray on 24th April. Tickets: https://www.ourscreen.com/film/The-Void
Lisa Fremont | Twitter: @lcfremont
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