Meg saw The Void as part of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival last year and raved to me about how much she enjoyed it and was looking forward to revisiting it. Outside of films by David Cronenberg, Canada isn’t known for pumping out the best horror content. Often they’re cult for the sake of cult or a blend of humour and horror that leans toward the former. There’s nothing wrong with these types of films, but it’s nice to see something that is more competent come out of Canada in recent years.
The Void is a love letter to horror films of the 80′s without being too in-your-face about it. The acting is often a bit muddy and not all actors are capable of carrying their scenes, but all of that is overshadowed by the practical effects in the film (which are brilliant). The film reminds me a lot of classics like The Thing (1982) and Hellraiser (1987). It’s the right level of dark for the tone of the film.The puppetry is convincing and adds an eerie realism to the story that would have been a bit lacking without. The film doesn’t waste a lot of the viewer’s time and jumps into the plot and moves full steam into a story that it doesn’t hold back from.
If you’re a fan of horror films from the 80′s and want more of that type of storytelling and execution in your life, then The Void is a no-brainer and comes highly recommended.