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.
What We Thought:
If a bigger production company like Blumhouse put out The Void around Halloween it would be a $100 million success. Unfortunately it doesn’t have a big name behind it and most people will miss it. It’s a shame because it’s one of my favorite films of 2017 so far.
I really liked the film. To me it’s a mix of The Mist and John Carpenter’s The Thing. It’s suspenseful with great creature effects. It feels like a throwback type sci-fi/horror flick. Sure there’s some newer effects, but the practical effects are what I love.
I’m a big fan of the guys from Astron-6 and two of them wrote and directed this. By day they are some of the best effects guys in the business then they make these films on the side. Films like Manborg, Father’s Day and The Editor. To me their movies get better and better as they go on. The Void is their best film to date.
It feels like The Mist once they get to the hospital. They can’t really leave the hospital because of weird cloaked people outside. It’s like The Thing because they don’t know what they are dealing with inside the hospital and the creature effects reminded me of Carpenter’s classic.
I know some people didn’t like the ending, but I’m ok with it. It might be a little rushed and may not explain everything, but I was already wrapped up in the film at that point. I liked the effects at the end as well.
If you like hidden gems in the horror and sci-fi genres then find The Void. I totally dug it and want to watch it again. I have it right behind John Wick 2, The LEGO Batman Movie and Get Out for favorite films of 2017.
Cast & Crew:
- Aaron Poole
- Kathleen Munroe
- Ellen Won
- Kenneth Walsh
- Evan Stern
- Daniel Fathers
- Grace Munro
- Jeremy Gillespie & Steven Kostanski
Recommended If You Like:
- The Mist
- The Thing
- The films from the Astron-6 guys