The Void (2016) Review
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The Void (2016) Review Deputy Daniel Carter (Aaron Poole) has parked up on a quiet road to kill some time on his night-shift. He spies a blood-soaked man limping by so does the decent thing and whizzes him over to a local hospital, a hospital that just happens to be out in the middle of ..

Summary Rating: 6.0 from 10 6.0 good

The Void (2016) Review

The Void (2016) Review

Deputy Daniel Carter (Aaron Poole) has parked up on a quiet road to kill some time on his night-shift. He spies a blood-soaked man limping by so does the decent thing and whizzes him over to a local hospital, a hospital that just happens to be out in the middle of nowhere, and with next to no staff in attendance. Before you can say ‘Prince of Darkness’ the hospital is surrounded by mysterious figures who attack anyone that attempts to vacate the building. Things inside the hospital take a turn for the worse as patients and staff start going bonkers, oh, and did I mention that people are starting to turn into grotesque creatures too?

If you are a fan of director John Carpenter’s earlier work then Canadian horror film The Void should be right up your street. It incorporates elements from the auteur’s Prince of Darkness, Assault on Precinct 13 and The Thing, melding them into an enjoyable, if occasionally muddled, creature feature. But wait! There’s more! Writer/directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski (Manborg, Bio-Cop in ABCs of Death 2) have also managed to squeeze in nods to Clive Barker (the main villain channelling Hellraiser) and the work of Lovecraft too.

The film’s first half is the strongest with characters arriving at the hospital, their separate plot strands coming together. The pacing here is unrelenting, nothing stays still for long as you are pulled into their nightmarish situation. The ominous tone and build-up of suspense is nailed to perfection and the gruesome practical effects are a blast. However, around the film’s midpoint everything becomes a little muddled, almost as if Gillespie and Kostanski have no idea themselves of how to wrap things up coherently.

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