The Void (2016)

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The Void is a 2016 Canadian horror movie written and directed by Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie and produced by Jonathan Bronfman and Casey Walker. The story follows sheriff Daniel Carter (Aaron Poole) who finds an injured man running from something unknown and takes him to the nearest hospital. The hospital itself is mostly broken down after a fire and most of the staff have left. One of the remaining nurses goes crazy and kills a patient while carving her own face off. Loud horns begin to sound and mysterious people in white shrouds with a black triangle painted on the face, begin to surround the hospital and get violent when people try to leave it.

This is only the beginning of the rollercoaster of strange that is this movie. While it does begin a little slowly, the last quarter of the movie is completely insane, but in a good way. The writers did an excellent job of building the mystery and tension. They feed the viewers little nuggets of information at a time, which helps to keep the mysterious vibe going throughout the entire movie.

The special effects are brilliant. This is the type of movie which doesn’t rely on cheap jump scares and CGI to scare and entertain the viewers. The creatures are a new level of gross and creepy. The special effects are a mixture of The Thing and Hellraiser. I have heard people say that this movie has influences of H.P Lovecraft, which is an understatement. The gore is exaggerated and over the top, but not in a comical kind of way and it suits the movie. All of the actors do an amazing job, especially Aaron Poole. The characters made a few choices which had me yelling at my TV, but nothing too irritating. There are a couple of twists towards the ending which add to the craziness. The cinematography is beautiful. There are flashes of an alternate universe throughout the movie and they are amazing. They really add to the eerie atmosphere of the movie.

One thing this movie is not is predictable. It just gets weirder and weirder as it goes on, but it’s one hell of a fun ride! I recommend it to horror fans who enjoy old school practical effects and love a little bit of craziness.