Filling The Void: A The Void review.

Directed by: Jeremy Gillespie & Steven Kostanski.

Starring: Aaron Poole, Kenneth Welsh, Daniel Fathers, Kathleen Munroe, Ellen Wong.

Plot: A small town cop happens upon an injured man on his nightly patrol, taking him to a nearby rural hospital for treatment. Without apparent reason, staff & patients at the hospital begin to undergo monstrous transformations as the building is surrounded by ominous, white robed figures.

The glory days of gruesome creature-feature horror arguably lay back in the 1980’s, back when we had John Carpenter’s The Thing, David Cronenberg’s The Fly, back when practical visual effects and makeup were king, before the dawn of CGI and its subsequent overuse which saw the gonzo vein of ingenuity and originality that sprung from the minds of those horror greats slowly become subdued. The Void seeks to readdress that balance.

The Void truly does hark back to those 80’s horror glory days, a lovingly crafted ode to the likes of Carpenter, Cronenberg and Yuzna and the gruesome, wonderfully off its tits ingenuity that those directors commanded. The visual effects in the film are on large, practically applied with very few CG elements to speak of. The creature effects are truly, truly impressive, bringing to mind the work of the great Rob Bottin, many tentacles, body parts, acts of mutilation and LOTS of blood. Comprising a story with distinctly Lovecraftian tones, it is engaging, disturbing and constantly entertaining for the gore hounds out there.

One of the primary things to be enjoyed from The Void is its bravery, its invention to touch upon ideas seldom embraced on the big screen these days and to do so unflinchingly and with some genuine originality, spectacle and with a real grassroots DIY ethic behind its execution that commands your respect and attention.

The Void is now available on DVD & Bluray.


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