The Void 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. Oh my… this movie is not for everyone.
The story starts with officer Daniel Carter waking up from a nap in his patrol car and seeing a guy crawling on the ground. He assumes he is drunk, however once he gets closer he see’s that the guy is covered with blood. He takes him to Marsh Hospital and then everything starts to go haywire. I won’t give spoilers about specific details, but there are monsters, tentacles, an occult, and a whole lot of blood.
I felt like the cast in this movie did a pretty good job. The main actor, Aaron Pole, played officer Daniel Carter and really there isn’t much to complain about his performance. He had a few moments of just straight monotone talking, but other than that he did good. Kenneth Welsh played Dr. Richard Powell who, in the end, actually ended up being a pretty key character in the story and he did really well too. Kathleen Munroe played Allison who was Daniel’s ex-wife. I really liked her performance as she had many scenes of pure terror and she definitely conveyed those emotions well. Grace Munro played the pregnant girl Maggie and her character also ended up being pretty significant. She wasn’t seen much, however her scenes where she had to act psycho were very well done. For a low budget movie they did a great job with the cast.
This movie also featured a lot of special effects with the monsters. Mostly all of it looked fairly real. Obviously it is hard to judge because I’ve never actually scene a monster with tentacles sprouting out of it. They didn’t look cheesy or super fake, so I think that is good enough for this kind of movie. One scene with Allison’s stomach bubbling also looked really cool to me and they did a great job with that scene. You can tell that they put in a lot of work trying to make everything look perfect.
One negative I have about this movie is that they really just try to throw too much at you. They basically try to fit every scary thing that they could think of into this one movie. That’s not really an awful thing, however I think they sacrificed a better story for it. The last 15 minutes or so of this movie also began to get a little too cheesy for me. I still applaud them for being ambitious and trying so many different things.
I would recommend this movie to anyone who is a horror fanatic. There is a lot of blood, and a lot of gore (and I mean a lot) in this. So I would say that if you aren’t into that stuff then I would definitely stay away from this because the whole movie is filled with it. Anyone who has watched a lot of old horror movies should love this!
Rating– 7.5 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness. It is a movie that any hardcore horror fan will love. It has a few inconsistencies throughout, but in the end it is a very rewatchable film.
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