When I say Lovecraft, plenty of you horror movie monsters sigh and the others just look confused. You see Lovecraftian horror has a hard time making it into movies, and even harder time making into GOOD movies. That’s where The Void comes in, this is a modern and extremely competent film that hits all the right notes for lovers of Cosmic horror and the fear that comes with being a very tiny speck in the sights of great and powerful god-like beings who don’t care about us.
Directed by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski, who also wrote it, The Void tells the story of a group of people who all happen to be in a hospital at the end of its service following some heavy fire damage. There’s the cop (Aaron Poole) who finds what he suspects to just be a tweaker lost on the road, a grandfather and his pregnant young granddaughter. Then there’s the staff, two nurses and an old doctor who are left to skeleton crew the place and move over the patient files. All hell breaks loose when a crazed man and his mute son turn up with the intention of killing the stray drug addict and trailing after them, a cultist army in suspicious white robes.
Axes Speak Louder Than Words!
While avoiding the cliched attempts to force tension and the boring exposition of lesser titles in the genre, The Void decides to just throw you into the confusing, labyrinthian interior of the hospital and just let the terror happen organically. Why did person X become a terrifying faceless tentacle mouthed flesh mound? We don’t know because the characters don’t. There are no professors from Miskatonic U. to explain the ancient and unfathomable powers at work. Just one guy who knows that another person (No Spoilers) is into weird stuff. As a Lovecraft lover, I found this to be key in the storytelling, Madness needs no explanation. Aaron Poole exemplifies this convincingly portraying fear and confusion in equal measures, Daniel Fathers adding a strong hint of determined madness as an emotionally scarred father with no time or desire to explain his motives.
There’s no shortage of body horror and gore in this wonderful flick either. It starts slow and painful, with one character getting a cruel cultist knife pushed into his flesh excruciatingly slowly, ramps up in the middle with some rather Hellraiser/Silent Hill-esque victims and ends with full-on chopping and shooting chunks off of fleshy monsters reborn from the exploding of another characters abdomen.