Twisted Minds - Underground Reviews

tisdag 8 maj 2018

THE VOID (2016)

Directed by: Jeremy Gillespie | Steven Kostanski
Written by: Jeremy Gillespie | Steven Kostanski
Stars:  Aaron Poole, Kenneth Welsh, Daniel Fathers... read more

Country: Canada | USA
Style: Mystery | Sci-Fi
Runtime: 1h 30min

Another Indie GoGo, another hyped savior of the modern horror genre film and my verdict is its actually pretty damn intriguing. I'm not being biased here because its a Canadian production either and I'm Canadian (upon watching I had no idea it was made in Canada honestly). The Void definitely has its style firmly planted in respectable homage and succeeds in being a serious not to be fucked with and go for the throat solid horror/sci-fi/monster whatever genre film.

I've read numerous reviews about this one already, it goes either way for most people, some love it, some think it's okay and some seemed rather confused by its story and unexplained parts (Lets hope those last few never watch a David Lynch movie or particular selections from director David Cronenberg).

From the font-style used for the title 'The Void' comes right out the gate looking like a poster for an unreleased John Carpenter film (I bet you never heard any other reviews mention the movies heavy Carpenter influence.......not). Whatever influences The Void pulls from it does it rather well in my opinion. The acting performances are solid and it's nice to see some familiar faces such as Canadian Art Hindle (Black Christmas, The Brood) and Kenneth Welsh (Survival Of The Dead, The Fog remake, The Exorcism Of Emily Rose). The lead character who's a cop named Daniel Carter (Aaron Poole) also gives an honest, relatable and likable performance in a rather human characteristic way.

The directors behind this one are associated with a team known as Astron 6 who have worked on such stuff as 'Fathers Day', 'The Editor' and 'Manborg' among others plus both the directors have worked on big budget stuff like 'Pacific Rim', 'Suicide Squad' and the remakes of 'Robocop' and 'Total Recall'. They brought this nightmarish vision to life with the wicked camera work which features different menacing color techniques like deep reds to get a sinister effect plus the music is another Carpenter-esque throwback and it works very well. The Void has a slew of co-producers who backed the movie and from this final result it's nice to see the horror movie magic which transpired here in its fullest form.

I watched The Void a couple times to try and comprehend what I missed the first time around a midst all the carnage, monsters and visual symbolism abound. I believe there are a lot of not so fully explained events and this movie along with other countless movies will forever follow that path so there is no need to get frustrated but a need to contemplate and think about things.

I'm not sure if there are plans for a sequel down the pipe but anything is possible considering this one panned out very well. Back to the loose ends or lack of explanation, it seems as if people want everything literally spelled out for them and are suffering from a lack of imagination. I watch movies to think freely, there shouldn't be any boundaries in any film no matter what the budget and it's always nice to leave things open to interpretation much the same as reading poetry.

The atmosphere and old school monster effects are probably one of the biggest highlights here besides all the mindbending weirdness going on but I can get into it, it's chilling, it's atmospheric and it's some skin crawling shit. I'm happy to see a nice helping of splatter in this one from gunshot inflicted gore and tentacle carnage to fire ax whackings galore, The Void delivers an impressive display of red, gory and grimy goo. I could even see some Fulci influence on this one especially with the ending and the burnt out hospital which reminded me of 'The Beyond' (bet you never heard of that influence mentioned before in another review either eh?).

The Void delivers for me and although it was actually made in 2016 I would say for me its one of the best of 2017, all hype bullshit aside.

Great gory practical effects: Check!
Intriguing story: Check!
Some inspirational sci-fi weirdness: Check!
Intense believable acting performances: Check!

I wouldn't say it's a classic and flawless but it's definitely a well made and enjoyable experience for even hardcore horror buffs. I'm not giving a plot synopsis because that would be too unoriginal, check it out for yourself, this is a review, not a plot synopsis.

My rating: 4 out of 5


Produced by: Jonathan Bronfman, Casey Walker
Cinematography by: Samy Inayeh
Editing by: Cam McLauchlin
Special Effects by: Patrick Baxter, Nicola Bendrey, Jeff Derushie, Kyle J. Hutchinson, Zane Knisely, Sean Sansom, Michael J. Walsh
Music by: Blitz//Berlin, Joseph Murray, Menalon Music, Lodewijk Vos
Language: English
Color: Color

Distributor: Screen Media Films


Owner of and writer for Twisted Minds. Combined his love for underground films, music and comics with writing in the 90's. Started tape trading the good stuff around that time when originals of Italian classics by Fulci, Argento, Deodato, Castellari and Margheriti were hard to find. Then came German gore by Ittenbach and Schnaas, Mondo movies and Japanese gore such as Guinea Pig and Men Behind The Sun. Written for Violent Maniacs Cage, Mortados Pages Of Filth, ZFE Films With Attitude, Severed Cinema, Goregasmic Cinema, Pophorror & Extreme Horror Cinema.