5/8/17

THE VOID (2017)

Written by: Richard Taylor.

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 its 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 its 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 is 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 Robocop and Total Recall remakes.  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 its 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 mind bending weirdness going on but I can get into it, its chilling, its atmospheric and its 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 its a classic and flawless but its 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.

Rating: 4 out of 5




Directed by: Jeremy Gillespie, Steven Kostanski
Written by: Jeremy Gillespie, Steven Kostanski
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
Cast: Aaron Poole, Kenneth Welsh, Daniel Fathers, Kathleen Munroe, Ellen Wong, Mik Byskov, Art Hindle, James Millington, Stephanie Belding
Year: 2016
Country: Canada
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 90min


Distributor: XYZ/D Films


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