Review: The Void (2017)

Like otherworldly and filled-to-the-brim-with-madness horror movies? You should probably check out The Void then, the newest sci-fi horror story told by Jeremy Gillepsie and Steven Kostanski.

“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.”

The Void was an interesting mesh of Lovecraftian mythos, human experimentation, brainwashing, and straight up galactic ‘The Thing’ type monster madness; some films fail to blend together different sub-genres but Gillepsie and Kostanski had a rhyme and reason for everything that occurred on screen.

The story itself could have been less flat. The main character is trying to live up to his father’s name and has a painful history with the nurse at the hospital. Suddenly, the hospital where he just dropped off some stranger is surrounded and they can’t escape. Everyone in the action seemed to be haunted by a major tragedy, thus giving the dark forces at hand some leverage. When you dumb it down that much, yeah it sounds boring and to be honest, it could have been changed up a bit- especially the setting of a nearly abandoned building (aka hospital, school building, police station, etc.) Anyone see Last Shift? It felt like that atmosphere for a while. I did like the choice of survivors though, it was a nice metamorphosis to witness. As a viewer, it was also tough to tell exactly what direction things were going to go right off the bat, which is a pleasant feeling of dependency on the writers.

Very pleased by the fact that all of this was practical creature makeup; it wasn’t 100% professional looking but that wasn’t even necessary; the work and time that went into these things was apparent and they looked great. And by great, I mean fucking disgusting and gross. Major nod. Some scenes were purposely kept dark or hidden for the sake of not revealing the nitty gritty details of the work and it was apparent, but also smart.The music was another thing that stuck out to me; it was equal parts 70’s high-pitch-high-tension classical and moody gaming chamber vibe beats.

Overall, The Void exceeded my expectations. I’m not one for science fiction, space terror type of horror flicks, so the fact that this kept me into it and kept my brain working was a good sign. You’ll love it too if you’re a makeup nerd, a Cthulhu worshiper, or you’re a general supporter of indie horror filmmakers. While it may be later rather than sooner, I would most likely watch this again but now, I would definitely recommend giving it a view. There’s something throwback about it that was appealing to the senses, it’s hard to place a tentacle on it.

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