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The Void (2016)


Full to the brim with some of the most incredible blood, gore and non-stop amazing practical effects work, this is quite possibly one of the best B-movie body horrors I have discovered to date. This feels like a film made for fans of the genre, by fans of the genre.


Setting this in a hospital during the night was for me, one of the wiser plot decisions made in this film. Having a singular location and the events of the film play out in a short period of time provides a heavy feeling of claustrophobia. Throughout, I felt significantly on edge and I feel that the eerie tone is already created by the location choice alone, even before we are introduced to the demonic creatures and hood wearing cult.

 

Considering this is categorised as low budget, the costume and make-up work is standout and is one thing that makes this film as well loved as it is - featuring some of the best practical monster and creature design I have seen to date. One particular stand out scene for me takes place in the hidden basement area, later on. It's during this scene when a few of the characters we are following at this point, discover a person repeatedly slamming their head through a spike protruding from a wall. It just looks incredibly realistic and that is just a small percentage of the phenomenal practical effects work that this film has in store.

 

As with most cosmic or Lovecraftian horror films, the ending and its explanation is quite ambiguous. For me personally, this is something that I find mildly irritating. It leaves me with an itching curiosity and a desperate need for more. As annoying as I found this to be, I can't quite say it is a negative. The want and need for more is down to my own personal need for a confirmed resolution rather then a flaw with the overall standard of the film.


💀💀💀💀1/2

Check out Marc's full review here

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