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EP 183, The Void (2016) l The HorrorBull Podcast

The Synopsis: In The Void, police officer Carter (Aaron Poole) discovers a blood-soaked man limping down a deserted road and 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 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.

Writers / directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski (assistant art director and special effects artist on Suicide Squad and Hannibal) evoke movies of an earlier generation, namely John Carpenter’s The Thing and Clive Barker’s Hellraiser. The movie slides along at a hellacious clip, and though the acting is great, the performances are outshined by the practical effects. Though it takes place in an enclosed space, The Void never grows stagnant because Gillespie and Kostanski give the characters plenty to do within the walls of the mostly abandoned hospital.

Without giving away too much of the second and third acts of The Void, suffice it to say that the movie takes a turn from being a kind of schlocky-but-quiet creature feature to something of an existential horror picture. The characters turn from bewildered innocents in this confusing, almost opaque plot to horribly knowledgeable of its dire outcomes.

On a purely surface level, too, the movie is completely enjoyable, and by enjoyable, I mean gross. Fluids spew from gaping wounds, and blood flows freely when necessary, but The Void never quite overstays its welcome with the gore. There’s just enough to make the average horror fan happy it’s there, but it doesn’t revel in it without proper cause.

Redolent of the 80s, The Void makes a great addition to the resurgence of small budget horror movies, and if they are even half as good as The Void, we at the HorrorBull Podcast will gladly continue to endure them.

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