Very much firmly in my ‘bit of a gamble’ section of this year’s LFF choices, this weird-ass Canadian creature flick was an absolute blast for Sunday afternoon viewing, though I suspect it will forever sit in the post-four pints Friday movie slot.
The Void then owes a great deal of debt to early John Carpenter, something it wears very clearly as a badge of pride. A couple are chased out of a farmhouse in the middle of the woods, the boy escapes, the woman is shot and swiftly immolated by the two pursuers A local policeman out in the woods chances upon the young man, and takes him to the local hospital where a pregnant girl, her father, another patient, two nurses, a trainee and a doctor are currently the only occupants. Most of the hospital was burned down in a recent fire and everything is packed up ready to move.
After they arrive, the local sheriff shows up, quickly followed by the two men pursuing the young man. Hot on their heels is a huge crowd of mysterious robe wearing individuals armed with long knives. They stand outside the hospital to ensure nobody can escape. And that’s when things start to get really weird.
Writer / Directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski are clearly huge genre fans and here they are having a whale of a time riffing on just about every create flick you’ve ever seen. It’s not long before we have a giant, hideous creature made from multiple victims stalking the corridors and being dealt with by fire axes. Bodies pile up and very quickly shuffle off from under their white sheets and once the heroes descend into the basement, all bets are off as to what is real and what is, well frankly, bat shit crazy.
In truth, The Void loses its way once it gets into the basement but there is still a huge amount of fun to be had here, especially if you long for the days of Stan Winston. Where now we have bland CGI, this is a movie that just can’t get enough of proper creature effects. With a nicely off centre sense of humour, just the right amount of yuck and a breezy 85 minute running time, there is enough to entertain here to so you don’t need to be picking at the plot holes or sheer what the fuck?!!? logic. One for the late night crowd, this low budget gem knows exactly where to pitch humour, tension and horror and will hopefully stand the filmmakers in good stead going forward.