#31in31 2017 – “The Void”

“You’d be surprised at the things you find, when you go looking.”

Story: Lazy, ineffectual Sheriff in Podunk, USA, is waiting out his shift when he sees a guy stumble out of the woods. So Sheriff decides to take the guy to a nearby hospital to get him looked at.  But there are a few problems; 1) the hospital is moving to a new location, so staff and resources are at a minimum, 2) Sheriff’s estranged wife works there, and 3) weird bee-suits-from-space clad people wielding huge knives start surrounding the hospital.  I’m sure everything will be just fine though!

Scares: Lots of disturbing, disorienting creep.

Splat factor: Lots. LOTS. It’s about as dialed to 11 as you can get without going full Cronenberg, or Dead Alive.

Closing scene “shocker”?: Nope! Huzzah!

Remake, Sequel or OG (Original Ghoul)?: While it harks back to some classics, this film is a definite OG.

Trick or Treat?: A visual mindfuck of a film. And I think I mean that as a compliment. Wait.  Yeah, yeah I do. They’ve done a whole lot with very little. A low budget horror flick that delivers scares that bigger budget films can only wish for.

As the story unfolds, nothing is explained, which brings you into the characters’ sense of unease. Writer/Directors Jeremy Gillespie (It, Hannibal), Steven Kostanski (ditto) dish out just enough to keep you hooked into the story.  Well that, and the fact that there are definitely things inside the hospital that aren’t looking out for our character’s best interests.

Gillespie and Kostanski also use their expertise in visual effects and art direction to make an almost empty hospital feel cramped.  And let me just stop everything right now and talk about the incredible FX here.  The Void‘s monster FX echoes Carpenter’s The Thing and Cronenberg’s The Fly. It’s gruesome, icky, and absolutely fantastic.

Definitely a Lovecraftian vibe throughout the story, with hints of Event Horizon, Hellraiser, even the atmospheric touches of The Witch. (Which were the only good parts of that particular film, as after awhile in my brainpan, the atmospheric elements slowly sorted out from the dull plod of a plot.)

Watch this one late at night with the lights – and all other tech – off.  Dare ya.

Score: 4.5 out of 5 pumpkins.

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