By Ryan Keating-Lambert
The film has stunning visuals and expert creature creation but fails when it comes to executing feeling, character, and any kind of a plot. It spent too much time trying to be The Thing, and forgot to be itself.
After police officer Daniel Carter (Aaron Poole) takes an injured man to a rural medical centre, strange and violent things start happening to the staff and patients. Everything seems to be linked to the mysterious hooded figures massing outside.
There was a lot of hype built around this film. The Thing is a cult classic and brought a lot to the horror genre, especially where gore and body horror is concerned, as did H.P. Lovecraft and films like Reanimator. The Void is an obvious tribute to these kinds of ’80s classics and it pulls some pretty cool stunts when it comes to tentacles and appendages of all shapes and sizes.
Generally, the art direction and cinematography is so dark and just gorgeous to look at, even if it makes you want to vomit at times. Careful thought and time has gone into the creature transformations here and I’d love to see some kind of ‘making of’ to put it all in perspective.
But the problem with The Void is that it lacks the sense of humour that these previously mentioned films had. A little humour goes a long way. It takes itself way too seriously which is surprising because directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski have done the horror comedy thing before and more or less succeeded (Father’s Day).
Aside from its lack of humour, The Void is occasionally creepy, but the plot is so frustratingly confusing and tedious that you never really get into it. On top of that, the performances are bleak and a little unconvincing.
Fans of Lovecraft and similar will enjoy the gorefest, otherwise I would avoid The Void. 😀