[This film was released on both Blu-ray and DVD by Signature in April 2017.]
The recent history of fantastic film is strewn with cautionary examples of special effects creators failing to make a successful transition behind the camera, but this collaboration between debut writer-directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski (previously art director and make-up designer respectively on the Hannibal tv series and forthcoming It remake) proves the right chemistry can still pay off.
The Void clearly owes a great deal to the early work of John Carpenter – echoes of Assault on Precinct 13 reverberate in its setting, an isolated and partially closed hospital where the staff soon find themselves under siege from mysterious figures dressed in cowls and robes, and the creatures which emerge from within the building are straight out of The Thing – but the 1980s vibe also embraces nods to Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator and Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond, with a Lovecraftian undercurrent both would approve of.
There are hints in the closing moments that Gillespie and Kostanski are sketching out a sequel, and for once it’s a possibility I’d welcome. For all its nostalgia, this is a fresh and imaginative addition to the genre.
Extras: none on the screener.