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Review – The Void (2016)

Review – The Void (2016)

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There is a large and ever-growing trend in horror right now that involves not only paying homage to the horror movies of the 80s but trying to replicate them in almost every sense. The novelty is one that I welcomed. 80s horror is the driving force behind my obsession with and love for the genre. I love the synth scores, the return to practical f/x and the camp that has become a staple of that most beloved of decades. Now, however, it’s a tactic that has superseded quality and it seems like we are right back where we started, gimmick horror outlasting its usefulness.

Directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski’s The Void has hit the industry scene with a whole lotta hype. We have been hearing its accolades for months now and usually, much to my chagrin, those early songs of praise spell doom for me truly enjoying a movie unhampered by popular opinion. It Follows, The Babadook and others have fallen incredibly short for me and I know it’s in no small part to the “take-no-prisoners” market saturation that both subscribed to. The Void, potentially, had every indicator of suffering the same outcome for me. Gladly, I can say this was not the case.

the-void-multi-tentacled-lovecraftian-horrorThe Void opens very, VERY strong, puling the audience in before we even get a chance to prepare ourselves for the film’s an introduction. A woman runs from an old farmhouse, getting shot in the back and as two men stare out over her pain-riddled body. Gasoline is dumped over the woman and she is burned alive. There were shades of Alvarez’s Evil Dead opening here and I have to say that’s not a bad thing at all.

The film is quick to set up the cornerstones of its plot as the two men, a conflicted cop, his ex-wife, a grieving doctor and others become trapped in a rural hospital with murderous cultists on the outside and an amorphic, shapeshifting abomination within its walls.

the-void-sky-the-beyondSo, what we can talk about here is homage, something that The Void does so elegantly and adeptly that you might not even realize it till well after the credits roll. You see, the directors have a really good idea not only of what’s worked but why it did, implementing the best parts of the devices of their predecessors. The Void, standing tall on the shoulders of many of the genre’s most revered classics, is part The Thing, Prince of Darkness and the Beyond and if not for its obvious Lovecraftian themes would read like a Carpenter best-of list. Make no mistake though, this STILL is not a bad thing as the Void hits all of the right notes, paying tribute and somehow fusing this elements seamlessly into its own universe.

In fact, we could spend a lot of time talking about what The Void does right. With solid performances across-the-board, impressive practical f/x and a chilling ominous sense of dread, The Void avoids most modern horror trappings an delivers a gory, intense and provocative film. Many will balk at The Void’s open-ending, one that raises as many questions as it answers, but one that delivers a bookend that is as chilling as the air of dread that undoubtedly shrouds the entire film. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Review – Don’t Kill It (2016)

Review – Don’t Kill It (2016)

Despite the novelty of Dolph Lundgren playing a demon hunter in the American south, the idea of Don’t Kill It initially wasn’t all that appealing to me. Let me then start off by saying, “don’t let the all too familiar photoshopped dvd cover art fool you, Don’t Kill It is not only a worthwhile find… Continue Reading

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Review – Don’t Knock Twice (2017)

Review – Don’t Knock Twice (2017)

A strange house on a piece of wasteland, a years old rumour of witchcraft and missing children. An ex junkie artist and her estranged daughter who’s boyfriend has disappeared in bizarre circumstances. A young mother who seems to know more than she’s letting on and a Police Detective who might not be all he appears…… Continue Reading

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10 Christmas Movies for Horror Fans

10 Christmas Movies for Horror Fans

10. The Corridor (2010) Is there a better time to reconnect with old friends than the holidays? Is there a better time to hole up in a cabin amidst a whole lotta the white stuff (back off junkies we aint talkin about dat sweet, sweet cola you crave) whilst figuring out that there is a band… Continue Reading

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Review – Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories (2016)

Review – Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories (2016)

It’s always interesting to watch the evolution of a horror franchise. We get to see the growth of characters, of mythologies, and even the creators involved. The latter is of particular interest to VOB: Horror Stories because anthologies function on a much different principle than sequels that continue a single narrative. With that in mind,… Continue Reading

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Review – Rob Zombie’s ’31’ (2016)

Review – Rob Zombie’s ’31’ (2016)

A part of me, strangely,  wants to physically fight Rob Zombie. Ok, I should probably clarify this. For those of us a little longer in the tooth, we have probably all had that ONE friend. That one friend who was undoubtedly smarter, wittier, and infinitely more talented than we were. That one friend who just repeatedly… Continue Reading

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Review – Blair Witch (2016) or ‘Get your damn agism out of my horror’

Review – Blair Witch (2016) or ‘Get your damn agism out of my horror’

At the risk of sounding pompous or the very least a know-it-all, it is hard to be over 35 in the US right now and not feel like a victim of “isms”. Now, before you start nodding, I’m not actually talking about what these “isms” represent, but the very idea that we are assaulted, constantly… Continue Reading

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Almost 25 Years Later Hellraiser 3 is still a bag of Dicks…

Almost 25 Years Later Hellraiser 3 is still a bag of Dicks…

There are some films that despite the apologies, despite the repeated attempts at revisiting, despite pleas from fans I just plain hate and there isn’t much of anything that can be done about it. One particular little gem is 1992’s Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth. I really love the first two Hellraiser films. Barker’s original… Continue Reading

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Video Review – Stranger Things (2016)

Video Review – Stranger Things (2016)

Undoubtedly probably the biggest thing that has taken the horror world by surprise and by storm , (I’m not counting the Blair Witch announcement at SDCC btw) has been the Duffer Brothers’ ‘Stranger Things’. Critically well received and a hit amongst fans, HorrorFix decided to take a look at the Winona Ryder and Matthew Modine netflix… Continue Reading

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Review – Lights Out (2016)

Review – Lights Out (2016)

Lights Out represents something that horror movies have seemingly forgotten about: tell a story, keep it interesting, and don’t worry about trying to reinvent the wheel. Modern horror films seem to be so worried about leaving their indelible mark upon the genre that they often sacrifice the fundamentals that make a horror movie enjoyable. Lights… Continue Reading

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