STARRING: Aaron Poole, Kenneth Welsh, Daniel Fathers, Kathleen Munroe, Ellen Wong, Mik Byskov, Grace Munro, Evan Stern, James Millington, Art Hindle, Stephanie Belding and Matt Kennedy
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.
When police officer Carter finds a bloodied man on a deserted road, he rushes him to the local hospital. As cloaked figures surround the building, the people inside the hospital experience strange and violent occurrences and discover a gateway to immense evil.
The Void is a Canadian horror film directed by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski which starts off on us seeing someone fleeing from a farmhouse and escaping through the woods whilst we witnessed a woman trying to follow him, but she’s shot and set on fire by two men. Deputy Daniel Carter finds the man crawling through the woods onto the road and rushes him to the local hospital, which has been mostly abandoned following a fire. Soon enough, a group of cloaked figures surround the hospital trapping them inside and they begin to experience strange and violent occurrences, placing them in a fight for survival against an immense evil.
I didn’t know anything about the premise going into viewing The Void and purposely avoided looking up the trailer for the film and from the opening scene I was immediately pulled into what was unfolding on screen. As the film goes on it’s very clear to see that the directors have planted their influences into the main story arc, from John Carpenter to George A. Romero (even showing Night Of The Living Dead via television in one scene) and even H. P. Lovecraft as this film takes a Lovecraftian turn from the halfway point and when it comes to the monster designs, I thought the makeup department done a terrific job here and it’s the main reason why I’d recommend certain people to check this film out. The film is a slow burn in revealing what is going on and the tension is handled well as the group of people inside the hospital are boxed in with this creature as a cult-like group of cloaked figures surround the premises, you know something even more sinister is around the corner and I felt the sense of dread that anything could pop up around the corner. I also felt that the direction was handled well in certain scenes and the lighting was used effectively in the setting of the hospital.
For me it’s when the film gets beyond the halfway point, near the final act, is when the film started to lose me as it tries to build emotional scenes involving two separate relationships, one being Daniel and Allison and the other being the father Vincent and the son Simon. The film really tried to bring some character development into the fold and just for me the execution just didn’t work out. The final act aswell with the villain didn’t work for me either as it felt anti-climatic to me. With the films low budget the performances are fine but nothing to write home about. For some people it will feel like something that they’ve seen before and might find the story rather bland.
The Void is an okay film. It has an interesting premise but it plays like an 80’s low-budget mixtape equivalent of cinema, which is fine by me but the film aims for emotional beats to care for certain characters that didn’t work for me and the final act felt anti-climatic. I will say that the film is worth checking out for the practical effects and makeup designs alone. 6/10