A resurgence of the 80’s is fully underway and while it undoubtedly bothers some, I for one can not get enough. The Void, ironically enough, fills that love of 80’s cinema by bringing back gallons and gallons of corn syrup and some awe-inspiring practical effects very much in the vein of the Carpenter classic, The Thing. A simple enough premise unravels into absolute chaotic madness that is equal parts confusing and reminiscent.
This is for the horror lovers who want pure mayhem without any kind of nonsense like mercy. Everyone present has an equal chance of dying a miserable, blood-soaked death that is as mesmerizing as it is gut wrenchingly graphic. The acting leaves a bit to be desired but it’s strong enough to carry the film to a satisfying conclusion. This is B-movie mastery loaded with memorable imagery and dialogue that is campy and amazing simultaneously.
I grew up getting my horror film education at my friend’s house. I wasn’t allowed to watch these movies so of course I saw them under immense secrecy. Hellraiser, Friday the 13th, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, all their subsequent sequels and countless others were taken ingest with absolute glee out of satisfaction of seeing something taboo in my life and having it deliver everything I could have ever hoped for. The Void takes me back to this time of discovery of a genre I now know inside and out and love greatly.
Featuring a cast of mostly new faces (new to me) The Void takes the idea that the lead has some magic escape plan to avoid death and flushes it down the shitter. This is a merciless thrilling horror rollercoaster that aims to entertain a new audience of horror lovers and the horror lovers who have been around for quite some time. It possesses a sense of silliness to it but manages to maintain a sense of hopelessness at the same time. This hopelessness lies in the mystery of what and why everything is happening. Scary, cloaked figures surround a dying hospital, unearthly creatures bursting from the dead with tentacles and puss and horror making up their very DNA. And no one understands why. Discoveries are made implicating mass chaos if containment isn’t achieved. A sheriff loses his authority, rednecks murder seemingly without provocation, nurses and doctors turn on their patients and a gateway to a place that makes Hell look like a vacation destination all residing in a desolate, mostly abandoned hospital all combine to make this a damn fun, fucked up horror movie to be remembered. Gore enthusiasts and 80’s era horror fans all will be satisfied. Welcome to THE VOID.
Unrated: Strong, gory violence, language, scary images
Runtime: 90 minutes
After Credits Scene: No
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Starring: Aaron Poole, Kenneth Welsh, Daniel Fathers, Kathleen Munroe
Directed By: Jeremy Gillespie, Steven Kostanski
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 4/ Acting: 3.5/ Directing: 4.5/ Visuals: 5
OVERALL: 4.5 Nerdskulls
Buy to Own: Yes
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