Eldritch Brilliance: Our Review of ‘The Void’

Posted in Movies, Theatrical by - March 30, 2017
Eldritch Brilliance: Our Review of ‘The Void’

From its opening moment, The Void puts you on edge, daring you to keep looking into the abyss; that’s where we are heading, after all.

Not long after an opening that sees someone get shot in the back and then lit on fire, a nurse is stabbing a patient in the eyes while ripping off her own flesh, and our protagonist – a noble sheriff in a small town – is getting stabbed in the chest by a hooded cultist. Oh, there is a monster lurking somewhere too. Things escalate quickly.

Policeman Daniel (Aaron Poole) has made his way to the hospital after finding on a bloodied man on the side of the road. Of course this is no ordinary hospital: it recently endured a fire and is in the midst of a relocation, meaning it’s mostly abandoned save for a couple doctors and an intern. It also seems to be a place of interest for said group of cultists, who have each have a black triangle adorning their sheets.

The premise is perfect: it allows for this hospital, already in disrepair, to be sparsely populated, and feature a lot of long, empty hallways and flickering lights. Two burly men wielding weapons soon join the people holed up in this eerie setting, which also includes a pregnant teenager and her grandpa, and an increasing amount of dead bodies. Relationships and familiarities are noted and explained when necessary.

 

The Void continues at its efficient pace, with rampant chaos, bloodshed, and mysteries. Bodies are reanimated, cultists grow in number, and there is something in the basement. Written and directed by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski, while this gruesome horror grabs you in the beginning, it triumphs by not letting go, keeping you increasingly unsettled and invested. What’s more, a wildly chaotic finale is utterly satisfying, delivering on what isn’t the easiest promise: that is, explaining just what is going on in this hospital.

Disturbing visuals, visceral effects, and a solid story make this eldritch tale a lovely surprise for genre fans: weird, wild, and grotesque.

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