too many characters with no redeemable qualities. should have elaborated more on the cult rather than cheap gore. if you like sci-fi thrillers (and you can get past the bad acting) you'll like this movie. *receives an extra star for creative monsters (thats clearly where the money went)
The acting is strikingly inept until you realize that The Void is an unofficial adaptation of Silent Hill, with a dash of Hellraiser and plenty of Lovecraft, hence you cannot expect meaningful dialogues or anything that resembles a cogent plot. Avoid The Void: it's devoid of real horror.
2.5 stars. Officer Rick Grimes VS. Existential Horror. Admirably more 'Silent Hill' (1999) than 'Silent Hill' (2006) and admirably ambitious in attempting to depict the undepictable... braver, in a sense, than Carpenter's more conventionally enjoyable 'In the Mouth of Madness' (1994) which fills the Lovecraftian aporia with pastiche. This does not stop it from flailing, nor from feeling jumbled, sadly. Props, however
Disposable characters and bland story that is overly abstract to the point of being ridiculous. Still, that doesn't ruin the glorious make-up effects. It's rare nowadays to find a terror and disturbance just by the look and sound of monstrous figure. This flick does that in a very old school fashion - not shying away from its peers such as The Thing, The Fly, The Beyond or Prince of Darkness. Borderline cult classic.
2,3. Decent effort. Starts really well but suddenly the plot goes all over the place. We never fully understand the meaning behind the hooded figures and I lost interest after the Clive Barker monsters started showing up. I gotta say I was expecting a cosmic Lovecraftian affair.
Frustrating experience overall that starts out amazing with the disorienting setup but gets derailed by poor acting and undeveloped characters as it settles into the "humans banding together to fight evil" trope. The Lovecraftian effects are great but I think they ultimately hijack the storytelling. However, compared to most Hollywood horror output this is commendable although it could have been so much more.
Hey, fellow 80s horror fans - this movie loves all the same movies you do - only it decides to manifest that love by way of cheap imitation without understanding a shred of what made its blatant inspirations so charming. Cool practical effects and a nice aesthetic can't hide just how hollow this one is.
Self-reflexive genre cinema that isn't so much about cute smarts as it is about maximum exploitation of extant properties for the purpose of maximalist good times (on a budget). Most horror movies have a basic horror situation. This movie is more like a messy stack of situations. The obvious references seem to be to ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, HELLRAISER, and THE BEYOND. Fair warning: it jumps the hell out of the shark.
Tra gli esperimenti esoterici di Beyond the Black Rainbow e l'immaginario sotterraneo di Silent Hill, il mondo si prepara all'avvento lovercraftiano di una sorta di nuova covata malefica dal DNA carpenteriano, una covata come lontani figli muta(n)ti de La Cosa. Un omaggio al Cinema sci-fi degli anni '70 e '80 condito da formidabili scene splatter dal retrogusto "grindhouse", à la Hobo With a Shotgun.