The Void (2016)

Directed and written by: Jeremy Gilliespie & Steve Kostanski    Starring: Aaron Poole, Kenneth Welsh, Daniel Fathers & Kathleen Monroe

 

What do you get when you add elements of John Carpenter’s “The Thing,” Lovecraft’s “Call of Cthulhu,” and the movie “Event Horizon?” “The Void” is what you get. If that sounds like a confusing mix, well it kinda is. Everyone knows how I support Indie Film, good bad or indifferent. I love a good indie film…but “The Void” was not that. 

The acting, given the story, was good. The special effects were on point. But I think the weak link is the story. The story wanders around, like a lost child in the woods. It goes in one direction, and just when you think you’re understanding where it’s going, it takes another turn. It gets lost and a bit confusing, eventually wandering off. There were too many good ideas that got thrown together for one bad idea. 

I was looking forward to this movie and was disappointed. The advertising made you think it was one thing, when it was something totally different. “The Void” was influenced by many great movies, which I respect. But they should have either tied things together smoothly, or made something totally different.

Should you see this movie? Yes, if only to say you’ve seen it and to support indie film. But I’ll not be watching it again, nor owning it.