The Void

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Robin Clifford of Reeling Reviews
Robin Clifford 
The Void
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Laura Clifford 

Deputy Sheriff Daniel Carter (Aaron Poole) finds a blood-soaked man collapsed on a deserted road. He rushes the man to a soon-to-close hospital for help only to find a mysterious group of hooded figures surrounding the hospital in “The Void.”

Robin:
Writers-directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski take a kitchen sink approach to their horror-scifi-drama mishmash that begins with an isolated farmhouse at night. We hear gunfire and two people frantically emerge from the now-burning house pursued by two gun-toting men. I will just say one escapes, the other not. Then we come to Deputy Daniel on the deserted road.

The action shifts to the hospital and its skeleton staff. The place was the site of a huge fire, prompting moving the facility, hence the short staff. There are only a few people there with a very pregnant girl and her dad, a guy recuperating, a student nurse, a doctor and the nurse in charge, Allison (Kathline Munroe) and a couple of other innocents. And, there is the increasing number of the mysterious hooded figures who have a black triangle on their KKK-like hoods. Then, a monster is introduced. You take it from there.

The screenplay borrows from many other films of this ilk and it tries to keep all the story threads together. But, as I said the filmmakers take the kitchen sink path where more crises are better than fewer. I should have some sympathy for the protagonists but the throw-it-all-in story is just too busy for me to care.

That said, the fans of the horror-scifi-drama genre will probably enjoy “The Void.” I, though, am not a fan and just feel a void. I give it a C.

Laura:
While Gillespie and Kostanski have made a well crafted film, their overworked mythology goes to such bizarre extremes, when one tracks back over events, it is difficult to connect the dots (like just who was fighting who and why in that opening segment).  This Lovecraftian take on the Monkey's Paw legend may be embraced by some, and it is effective in its setup, but I came away from this one thinking the special effects crew had more fun than I did.  C+

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