Welcome to Horror Korner exiles and kiddies! (insert the Crypt Keeper’s laugh) Hosted by your friendly horror fanatic fiend Vincent Kane, where I will review horror films from the classics to the modern scares, as well as the schlocky cheese and gore thrown in with everything in between. I hope you enjoy the review and will check out the movie if you haven’t already or even if it’s been a while since your last viewing. If you would like to recommend a horror film for me to review please do so down in the comments. Enjoy!
This time on Horror Korner-
The Void (2016)
“There is a Hell. This is worse.”
The Void is an 80’s throwback cosmic horror film that is heavily inspired by the likes of Barker, Carpenter with some Lovecraftian flair and I absolutely love it. It is gloriously off the rails and makes no bones about it. What makes this movie even more impressive to me is that writers and directors, Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie, were able to create their vision from crowdfunding on Indiegogo that raised $82,510. The movie does suffer from a weak script but if we are being honest, that is not really what we are here for now are we?
The plot seems simple enough with Sheriff Deputy Daniel Carter (Aaron Poole) discovering a blood-drenched man on a deserted road, where he rushes him to the local hospital with a bare-bones, night shift staff. As cloaked, cult-like figures surround the building, the patients and staff inside start to turn ravenously insane. Trying to protect the survivors, Carter leads them into the depths of the hospital where they discover something more terrifying than they could ever imagine.
This eerie thrill ride starts off from the opening scene where we see a male and a female frantically running from a farm house with one of them being shot by a pair of men and then they calmly burn her alive while she screams in agony. This made me adjust in my seat as if “oh yea, let’s strap in for an uncomfortable ride!” Once Carter arrives to the hospital we meet more of the players: the older doctor, the pregnant teenager (because that ever ends well in these movies) with her grandpa, a couple of a nurses and patients. The acting for the most part is solid, and the actors do their part to convey the frightening dread of this uncertain predicament they are experiencing. However, as I said about the weak script, there isn’t much character development or emotional connection to these characters to make an impact. Even though they do try to that very thing with a little bit of backstory between Carter and his estranged wife nurse Allison but there is very little time for development because we must get to the good stuff.
The setting of a desolate hospital creates an effective atmosphere by itself alone but once you add in the chaotic nature plus the fact there are knife wielding cloaked figures surrounding the building and a nurse who all of sudden goes insane murdering a patient while not recognizing her own face, makes for an unsettling and tense watch. There are times where the score kicks in and builds the tension but there are times they just let some of the scenes breathe with minimal to no music which really drew me into the scene. While it was drawing me into the scene, I was able to appreciate the cinematography and some of the beautifully eerie shots that will imprint on your mind for a time after the movie ends.
My favorite part of The Void however is the practical effects and the creatures. Oh, did you not know there are creatures? I told you it’s a hell of a ride. I am a huge fan of practical effects especially in horror films. I cannot tell you how many movies that just has the entire creepy or menacing factor sucked out of it by a CGI clown mouth biting of a kids arm…moving along, there are tentacles, blood and puss mixtures and body horror that are all done extremely well especially when you see the budget they were working with.
The Void, like any good Lovecraftian inspired movie, leaves a lot unexplained and other details pretty vague which I enjoy because sometimes my imagination is worse than if they explained it for me. I don’t know about you but with certain movies and in certain instances, leaving things up to the viewers imagination just makes it more fun and thought provoking. This movie is one of my favorite horror movies of the past few years and is quickly moving up on my all-time horror list the more I watch it.
My rating- 3.75/5
That’s it for Horror Korner this time around guys and ghouls. Let me know what you think of The Void if you have seen or if you plan on checking it out. It is streaming on Netflix as of now. Stay tuned for more horror coming your way!
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