Despite the fact that 2017 is shaping up to be a depressingly lackluster year for film, there are still a few movies that have me excited, and one of those films is the new horror film The Void.
From directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski, The Void is undeniably steeped in 80’s vibe, and immediately evokes H.P. Lovecraft, John Carpenter’s The Thing, Halloween 2, and other great fantasy sci-fi horror films of the era, like Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Phantasm, and From Beyond, but it is very clear that The Void is not just a superficial retro nostalgia piece.
Kostanski and Gillespie are part of the Astron-6 collective, a Canadian film production company known for 80’s-style, horror-comedy B-movies. Gillespie recently worked as assistant art director for Suicide Squad, and the new upcoming It remake. Kostanski was a make-up effects techinican for Crimson Peak, and special make-up effects artist on Suicide Squad and It.
It is apparent from the teaser and trailers that The Void has great mood, tension, lighting, practical horror FX, and is truly scary and unsettling, all elements that are sorely lacking in most modern horror movies, so I am eagerly awaiting this film.
The Void hits theaters on March 31, Digital HD on April 7, and DVD and Blu-ray on April 24. There is also an Our Screen page to set up a screening of The Void in your area.
1h 30min | Horror | 7 April 2017 (USA)
Directed by: Jeremy Gillespie & Steven Kostanski