Friday, April 28, 2017
"The Void" Review by Tim Hellman
'THE VOID': Four Stars (Out of Five)
Indie horror flick about a group of people being held in a hospital, by a bunch of crazy cultists, when they learn that the hospital is also inhabited by vicious creatures. It was written and directed by Steven Kostanski (who also wrote and directed a segment of the 2014 anthology horror flick 'ABCS OF DEATH 2') and Jeremy Gillespie; the duo also co-wrote and co-directed the 2011 indie grindhouse flick 'FATHER'S DAY' (with other filmmakers). It stars Aaron Poole, Kenneth Welsh, Daniel Fathers, Kathleen Munroe, Evan Stern, Stephanie Belding and Ellen Wong. The movie was given a limited indie theatrical and VOD release, and it's gotten mostly positive reviews from critics (who have almost all praised it for it's classic 80s nostalgic feel). I also enjoyed it (for it's classic 80s nostalgic feel).
Deputy Daniel Carter (Poole) finds a man, named James (Stern), crawling in the middle of the road, covered in blood. He takes him to the local hospital, where his estranged wife Allison (Munroe) works. After handing the man over to the staff there, Daniel finds a nurse (Belding) in a bizarre trance and murdering a patient. He then shoots her in self defense. As the Deputy goes outside, to call for help, he's attacked by crazy cultists. The cultists then surround the hospital and trap everyone inside. Daniel, and the other people there, soon realize that the cultists are the least of their problems. There are murderous creatures about to attack them as well.
The film is a lot of fun for people that love low-budget horror movies, especially the kind that came out in the 1980s. It's got some great gore, some cool 80s style effects and an awesome 80s style soundtrack. The movie is like going back in time to the 1980s, if you remember what horror movies were like then. There's not a lot to the story, or character development, but the film is creepy and disturbing enough. Genre fans should have a blast!