The Void is a Canadian horror film that had a limited cinema release in the U.S. on March 31, 2017 and was released digitally on April 7, 2017. It was directed by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski. This is a film that I always have a blast with, but I feel that many people don’t know of its existence. Therefore, on this Friday, The Void is the forgotten flick that I will be highlighting.
The Void begins with police officer Daniel Carter stumbling upon an injured man on the side of the road. He brings him to the nearest hospital (where his ex-wife happens to work) and mysterious events begin to occur. I won’t say much about what happens, but I will just say there are monsters, tentacles, a cult, and a platter of blood and gore.
Within The Void, there are some truly terrifying shots and sequences. The main example is the hundreds of figures in the film wearing white cloaks with black triangles. While their design is very simplistic, their presence in the film is still absolutely terrifying. I’m not going to spoil any of the events that happen, but I will just leave you with these pictures:
Coinciding with the terrifying sequences are some awesome body horror moments with practical effects, where characters morph into full out monsters. After you check out the film, I would definitely recommend watching this awesome video going into the making of The Void:
The final amazing element of this film is that it starts right off the bat with a beautifully shot, horrifying sequence of a woman being set on fire and seriously never slows down besides for brief few-minute stretches. The Void is all out INSANITY, which is why it is so entertaining to watch.
I would have to say that it seemed like they began to throw too many different things at the audience during the last act of the film. While still utterly insane, the first two-thirds of the movie still seemed like they were moving in a planned direction. Once it entered the last act; however, it began to feel like pointless chaos.
While it didn’t ruin the movie for me, I feel as if they sacrificed a better story in order to add all of the different horror elements that they could. The final 15-minutes also came off as slightly cheesier than the rest of the movie.
The Void is a film that I would absolutely recommend to anyone who loves horror and especially those who love 80s horror. This seems like a throwback film which features some awesome effects and equally terrifying scenes.
I believe that this forgotten flick deserves some more love and I hope that I can get even a few people to discover it for the first time.
Rating: 7 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness.
Finally, I would just like to show some love to the amazing posters that were released for this movie:
Thank you so much for reading this edition of Forgotten Flicks, which featured The Void. Feel free to suggest any other films that you believe deserve a spot on this segment and as always…
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