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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Sean Kelly

TADFF16: The Void

Full Disclosure: I was a contributor to The Void's Indiegogo Campain

A small town sheriff encounters hellish inhuman creatures at a rural hospital in The Void. While on patrol, officer Daniel Carter (Aaron Poole) finds an injured man on the side of the road. Daniel rushes the man named James (Evan Stern) to the local hospital, which staffed by a skeleton crew, including Daniel's estranged wife Allison (Kathleen Munroe), intern Kim ( Ellen Wong), and Dr. Richard Powell (Kenneth Welsh). However, soon the hospital is surrounded by hooded cult members and recently deceased patients come back to life as tentacled monstrosities. Daniel and the other survivors venture into the hospital's basement to unlock the dark secrets of the void.

Best known as members of the film collective Astron-6, Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski (Manborg) venture off on their own for this dark and violent tale of H.P, Lovecraft inspired horror. Gillespie and Kostanski hold their inspirations on their sleeves, whether it be John Carpenter's The Thing, Clive Barker's Hellraiser, or Lucio Fulci's The Beyond. It also says a lot that Canadian horror icon Art Hindle (The Brood) appears for a small role in The Void as State Trooper Mitchell. It's probably best to leave specific plot details of The Void a surprise for those who watch the film.

Those used to the humour prevalent in Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski's work with Astron-6 are in for a shock when they watch The Void. This film goes for a very dark and serious tone, as it unleashes a Lovecraftian nightmare in the depths of this hospital. The film features some wonderfully constructed practical creature effects, which emerge from the red-tinted hellish location. While admittedly The Void's early plot set-up isn't the strongest, when all hell finally lets loose, the film greatly makes up for its early weaknesses.

8 / 10 stars
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Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described ├╝ber-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).