Film Review: The Void (2017)

I can usually understand why films become polarizing in the horror community. Usually both sides of the arguments make sense to me. Usually I can see some of myself and my own opinions in each side of the argument. With The Void, however, I am completely stunned by the mixed reviews that is has been receiving.

The guys behind this film (Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski) have worked in the art and makeup departments for some pretty huge movies. From big budget films like Suicide Squad to classy  horror like Crimson Peak, they have had some amazing experiences in the world of film. The question at hand is, of course, can they use that experience to make their own bad ass horror film?

The answer is a resounding yes from me. This film looked and sounded awesome. It had photographic style and an ambiance that could rival the early works of some of the most visual directors out there. Since it is a horror film, they also needed to produce scares…which they totally did. They enhanced these scares with absolutely amazing creature effects. Outside of these totally disgusting creatures, there was enough blood and gore make-up to satisfy the most brutal fans of splatter cinema.

So what the hell is wrong with you people? You get sick of CGI and they give you practical effects. You complain about “modern horror” and they give you a bloodier version of many of your favorite classics. You complain about acting and they find good actors. You complain about predictability and poor writing, and they give you an intricate plot with cool twists and turns. You complain about pacing, and they give you a great build up to a devastating conclusion. 

I freaking loved this movie. It harnessed the power of everything from Hellraiser to The Thing to the works of H.P. Lovecraft. It will satisfy the fans of bloody satanic cults, zombies, demons, and otherworldly possession films. It also managed to do it all while being a nicely shot and well acted piece of film. This movie doesn’t need a big long review. It doesn’t need anything that can be construed as spoilers either. It just needs to be seen. It is the horror film that I’ve been waiting for, and I think most people out there have been too. I am even ready for a sub-par sequel, since that would still be better than much of what I have seen so far this year.

 

Author: Steven Paul

Born and raised in Michigan, slowly dying in Florida. I’m here to keep you informed about everything in the world of indie horror. I also specialize in all genres of exploitation, cult, and extreme cinema. As part owner and Editor of Film and Television for Beneath the Underground, it is my responsibility to provide vast amounts of information for the horror fan and an outlet for the filmmaker.

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