The Void (2016) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Jeremy Gillespie, Steven Kostanski
Starring: Aaron Poole, Kenneth Welsh, Daniel Fathers
Rated: UR/Region A/Widescreen/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available Only from Diabolik DVD
When police officer Carter (Aaron Poole) discovers a blood-soaked man limping down a deserted road, he rushes him to a local hospital with a barebones, night shift staff. As cloaked, cult-like figures surround the building, the patients and staff inside start to turn ravenously insane. Trying to protect the survivors, Carter leads them into the depths of the hospital where they discover a gateway to immense evil.
Two 5th of Astron 6, Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski, set out to make a legit scary horror movie and the end results of that quest is The Void. The Void shows us a night spent at half way burned hospital with people on the run from monsters and some strange cult. That’s just trying to put it simple. The actual plot of The Void is far more complex and for some could even be a little confusing. I think the best way to describe the movie would be to say it is what would happen if you tossed The Thing and Prince of Darkness in a blender and then sprinkled a little Hellraiser 2 on top. All of that together gets you about to where you need to be in expectations of The Void. The film is a return to form for practical effects in horror films and that is a clear highlight of the movie. We also get enough blood and gore to make anyone who enjoys the stuff happy. Sure, the plot can be a little confusing at times but I still greatly enjoyed the movie and think it packs a great deal of re-watch value.
The movie also has a very likable lead in Aaron Poole. He’s playing a town cop named Daniel Carter. He’s a nice guy but we learn he’s had a rough history after losing a child with his wife, who is a local nurse. The two end up trapped in the local hospital with a few interesting characters with monsters inside and tons of people wearing sheets on the outside. It all makes for a very creepy and moody film but it does also take time for a good laugh here and there as well regardless. The movie visually does a lot for the budget but with effects people like we have working on it, I’m not shocked by how good they are. We also have Kenneth Welsh in the role of Dr. Richard Powell. That is a character and performance to watch for as well. The Void is a fun and weird film and I do truly believe it is one of the best you’ll see this year. The US Blu-ray can only be bought at Diabolik and comes with a very cool making-of feature in the extras among other things.
– Directors’ commentary
– VFX team commentary (Blu-Ray Exclusive)
– “Nightmare Logic” The Making of The Void (BTS featurette) (Blu-Ray Exclusive)
Quality of Transfer: 98%