Blu-ray Review: THE VOID

THE VOID was written and directed by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski (from Astron-6) and stars Aaron Poole, Ellen Wong, Kathleen Munroe, Daniel Fathers, Stephanie Belding, and Kenneth Welsh.

Officer Carter (Aaron Poole) stumbles upon a crawling man in the forest in need of help. A trip to the desolate and nearly closed hospital kicks off the beginning of the end for several hospital patrons. Carter’s estranged wife and head nurse Allison is the head nurse (Kathleen Munroe) along with Dr. Powell (Kenneth Welsh) are the two in charge when Carter brings in the drifter. The father and son tracking the drifter burst onto the scene to demand that the man be handed over. But there’s a dangerous cult in white robes following the pair and everyone barricades themselves inside the hospital. The trick is to survive the night and the monsters.

The Void follows this small group of people who get trapped inside an old hospital as strange occurences begin to happen all around them. Not only is there a mysterious cult-like horde standing around on the outside but there’s plenty of terror happening on the inside as well. I’ll try not to spoil anything here but it’s pretty much a good versus evil story. Something sinister is at work and it’s all slowly revealed as the story plays out. What’s cool is, absolutely nothing is given away too early which keeps the suspense mounting as the body count rises. Once the full reveal takes place, the movie takes things to a whole new level that introduces this terrifying new world that is The Void. This small group has to go up against these supernatural and monstrous forces where they try to survive the terror from another realm that has been unleashed.

Okay, I pretty much liked everything about this crazy-ass movie. The story was really interesting and I thought directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski did a fantastic job bringing this world to life on screen. It’s a terrifying dark world with absolutely no hope and they capture it all on camera. There’s also some impressive cinematography to go along with that. As far as the small cast goes, I thought each actor did a really good job with their characters and each of them had something to bring to the table. I could tell you who does what but that’d be ruining part of the experience. As far as the special effects go, the creature effects were all practical and as impressive looking as any big budget horror romp that Hollyweird could ever dream of. There are some really cool looking creature designs in this movie. There’s also enough blood and gore to fill up an olympic-sized swimming pool so the horrorhounds out there are sure to be pleased and satisfied.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Unfortunately there’s no artwork on the reverse side and I would’ve liked to have seen some because this movie had some really cool promo posters over the past few years. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Void ended up being a fantastic watch that surpassed all of my expectations. I had a feeeling it was going to be good but how good was the big question going in and it did not disappoint. Astron-6 is known for their low budget horror movies that have all included a sick twist of humor but what Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski have delivered here is definitely a departure from the norm. The Void is as serious as it gets because it’s a venture into the unknown that’s full of dread and despair. There’s no hope here! I had been following this movie since they first launched the crowdfunding campaign way back in early 2015 and this is easily their most ambitious film to date. The Void fits right in with horror classics like The Thing, Hellraiser and Event Horizon but it is definitely its own beast. Sure, the influences are evident but this Lovecraftian-style thrill ride is original through and through plus it left me wanting more. This ambitious horror outing from Gillespie and Kostanski is now available on Blu-ray and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Screen Media

Run Time: 91 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1) Region A

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The Blu-ray extras include two audio commentary tracks, a making of featurette and two trailers.

  • Directors’ Commentary
  • Visual Effects Commentary (Blu-ray Exclusive)
  • “Nightmare Logic” The Making of The Void Featurette (Blu-ray Exclusive) (25:41)
  • Theatrical Teaser Trailer (01:03)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:42)

 

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