The Void (2016)

April 10, 2017 - 8:20pm | FrighT MasteR

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Jeremy Gillespie, Steven Kostanski
Kenneth Welsh, Aaron Poole, Daniel Fathers, Kathleen Munroe, Ellen Wong

The Void is the latest indie flick to pay homage to the greats from yesteryear, specifically borrowing a lot from early John Carpenter. Normally when a movie borrows from other films it can be seen as derivative, but in this case I personally felt it was a surprising welcomed return to form.

The story kicks off early with a small town deputy taking an injured man to a soon defunct hospital nearby, where the handful of remaining staff members are less than eager to offer assistance. Meanwhile, a group of white-robed randos have amassed around the hospital and will apparently attack anyone that steps foot outside. This leaves the staff and patients stuck inside now, where there seems to be some kind of infection going around that's making people crazy and in some cases even turning them into vile creatures.

The directing duo of Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski initially worked in the FX field, which eventually gave way to them getting behind the camera and thankfully their talents are still shown on screen, as we're given a delightful amount of practical gore and some surprisingly decent creature effects. And while a lot of modern throwbacks tend to overdo it by making their movies look like it was filmed on tape or "grindhouse," the filmmakers here successfully pays homage to past films simply with atmosphere and overall storytelling style (the great practical effects didn't hurt things either).

Of course the movie isn't without its faults, like some of its ambiguous story elements and some other minor issues I had with some of the creatures (would've liked to have seen more abominations like the first creature), but nothing that really deters my positive outlook towards the film. In the end the filmmakers aimed to make a horror movie that harkens back to early creature features of the 80's with some of the weirdness of a Fulci flick and I feel like they managed to do just that.

The Void is a solid throwback to the well paced early creature features of yesteryear and successfully delivers the feel of past horror greats. While some viewers may find it derivative, I enjoyed the return to form.

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FrighT MasteR is an avid horror fan / monster hunter extraordinaire, who created and has been running UHM since its inception, way back in 1999.




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