Thirty-one days of Horror.
For the whole month of October I’ll be watching and reviewing one horror film each day!
There is a huge trend at the moment of movies that throwback to an earlier, simpler time of film making. Those 80’s gore and exploitation horror films, soundtracked by pulsing synth and bathed in neon lights. The Void is one of this new wave of 80’s style horror, but manages to stick the landing, actually feeling like it was made back then.
Feeling like an unmade John Carpenter movie or perhaps a remix of a good chunk of his filmography, The Void is centred around a hospital. Our cast shows up and get barricaded in by creepy masked figures who won’t let them leave. We soon find out things are perhaps more dangerous inside the hospital.
For a low budget movie, the cast is surprisingly good. Ellen Wong from Scott Pilgrim shows up and Twin Peak’s own Windom Earl, the mighty Kenneth Welsh plays Dr Powell. Welsh has so much fun chewing scenery and being the perfect crazy doctor. If you’ve never seen his arc in Twin Peaks as season 2’s crazy villain, you are missing a treat.
I loved the look of the film, the hooded creeps outside the hospital especially. They worked wonders on a small budget, especially towards the ending.
Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie seem to have opened a portal directly to 1987 as The Void feels so authentic. Starting life being crowd funded on Indiegogo, The Void eventually ended up getting a limited theatrical release here in the UK. Impressive I’m sure you’ll agree.
I enjoyed this movie a lot, its the right blend of homage and throwback, with tons of gory effects and a wicked sense of humour.
For Fans Of:
Prince Of Darkness
In The Mouth of Madness
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