The Void is a campy and gruesome throwback creature feature. The practical effects are a refreshing change of pace and the film's monsters are haunting and well-crafted.
Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski‘s indie horror flick The Void is easily one of the best horror films of recent memory. The Void‘s gruesome and twisted horror promises genre fans lots of blood and lots of practical effects, which carries the film far longer than anyone would expect.
The Void follows a cop (Aaron Poole) as he picks up a mysterious drifter in the middle of the night and takes him to the nearest hospital for help. The hospital is in the middle of nowhere and running at minimal capacity, with only a few patients and staff throughout the entire building.
After arriving at the hospital, bizarre things start to happen. What follows is an hour-and-a-half of boldly unsettling body horror, full of mutated creatures and demonic images that stalk, kill and possess the poor souls that are trapped inside.
The Void represents a refreshing take on a somewhat stalled genre that’s been stuck in found-footage and remake mode for far too long. I’m not saying that horror is dead or is even on life support, but I can say that I find myself less and less interested in horror films as the years go by.
That doesn’t mean that I won’t take a chance on something like The Void, because I obviously did.
The Void is without a doubt an indie film that you probably won’t find on a screen near you, but you can access it via VOD without a hitch through most providers and trust me when I say that you should most definitely give it your time and money.
It’s a throwback film to the creature feature days, reminding me heavily of something like The Thing only with a more demonic and twisted spin on it.
The creature design is impressive and I doubt the budget was large, yet most of the effects are achieved through practical means, which is both effective and impressive.
The film’s simple and mysterious plot also helps ease the budgetary constraints, because the film is primarily set in an empty hospital. But don’t let that fool you, because it’s not long before the “gateway to evil” starts ripping a hole into another universe completely.
And this universe is dark and disturbing and twisted beyond belief. It’s like Silent Hill with more balls and imagination.
Director’s Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski aren’t afraid to put their characters through Hell and back to show off another set piece, yet they’re not exactly willing to sacrifice the main focus of their story.
The Void may look like yet another straight-to-DVD indie horror film that you’ve certainly seen before, but let me be the first to assure you that it’s totally worth checking out.
It’s gory, mean-spirited and scary enough to make your skin crawl and your blood run cold. It’s a horror film that horror fans have been waiting around for and now is your chance to check it out.
Pop up some popcorn, grab a blanket and dim the lights, because The Void is easily the best horror movie on the market right now.