The Void – Review29.03.17 # Review # 5 Comments
80’s throwbacks are all the rage in indie horror right now. Can this one a’void the pitfalls?
Starring: Aaron Poole, Ellen Wong, Kathleen Munroe, Stephanie Belding
Directors: Jeremy Gillespie, Steven Kostanski
When a cop (Aaron Poole, who looks weirdly like his namesake Aaron Paul) happens upon a blood-soaked figure limping down a deserted stretch of road, he rushes the young man to a nearby hospital staffed by a skeleton crew. Soon hooded cult members have surrounded it, and patients and personnel are transforming into something inhuman. He’ll have to lead the survivors on a hellish voyage into the subterranean depths of the hospital to try and end this nightmare…
The writer-director duo did fx on the likes of Pacific Rim and TV’s Hannibal and turned to Indiegogo to fund The Void’s all-practical creatures. The result is an effectively made Carpenter-inspired Lovecraftian siege horror (think Prince of Darkness meets Fulci), complete with solid performances, unsettling atmospherics and some nice macabre moments (such as the phone call from the morgue).
It almost makes the case for a return to practical monster fx (and does when compared to similarly-budgeted cgi creature features), though the creature designs ought to have shrugged off past influences (The Thing, The Fly, Hellraiser etc) to present something more memorably unique, and they never quite solve the problem of locomotion on the big ones.
The Void is released in UK cinemas on Friday, and in the US on April 7th.