Day 3 – The Void
Director: Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie .
Starring. Aaron Poole, USA. 1h 30m.
It’s not often a film grips my attention quite like this one. The first trailer I chanced upon was quiet mysterious and the poster had tentacles, that’s pretty much me sold on any movie. So the Void didn’t promise much, it kept 90% of the fun a secret and that added to the fun and intensity of the gory film. Starting with a curious scene a man escapes from some crazy occultist and flees into the woods, bleeding and disorientated. A lone cop sees him the road and takes him to the nearest hospital to get him patched up. The hospital is in the process of being relocated, so there is minimal staff and they are caring for one pregnant girl and packing, quite reminiscent of Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) and before you know it, they are soon surrounded by shrouded occultist and have to barricade themselves but unlike the 70’s siege film they are fighting unknown metaphysical forces that are beyond comprehension, yet very familiar to those lured tales from HP Lovecraft.
The cop (Aaron Poole) who did an excellent job at acting scared and trying to be brave in The last will and testament of Rosalind Leigh (2012) finds himself in a similar situation. He’s attacked and passes out for a few moments, during his blackout he sees visions of the Void , on awakening shit starts going down and his estranged ex wife (who happens to be a medical assistant) is abducted during one of the many attacks within the building, a father and son team turn up and together they try searching for her but the monsters, those nightmarish, pure Lovecraftian beasts are tough and unpredictable. Wandering around in areas of the hospital that shouldn’t exist they discover dark secrets about this occult group and what they are trying to achieve. Deep in the basement and off the grid a surgeon/occult leader has touched the void and is trying to open the gates through his female hostage.
It’s pretty dark and slightly underpowered, but when films venture into the threshold of the unknown it’s hard to visualise the immensity on celluloid. There;s a splurge of gruesome messy creature effects, much akin to From Beyond (1986) and The Thing (1982) and some of the “other-world” concepts might be hard for the masses to take on board but that’s the magic, it’s the unknown, the surgeon trying to open this gateway is much like Pinhead he has such wonders to show us and they will totally blow the mind.
It’s creepy, dark and at times confusing and tense, but i hope this is just the beginning of this new world as the void only has it’s surface scratched in this insipid horror. And that’s not bad for a film funded by an indiegogo campaign (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-void–10#/) .
R – Precinct 13 (1976), The last will and testament of Rosalind Leigh (2012), From Beyond (1986)
L– HP Lovecraft films, Siege films,