The Void (2017)

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Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie directs Aaron Poole, Kenneth Welsh and Kathleen Munroe in this gory body horror about a hospital under siege from a satanic death cult. 

Why so serious? The Void takes infrequent but winning swings at Hellraiser and The Thing and Assault on Precinct 13 … AND HOLY SHIT KIDS THIS MUTHAFUCKER MUST BE A NEW LATE NIGHT CLASSIC!!! Great inspiration aside, this isn’t. The acting is way too wobbly, the pacing meandering and the ending unsatisfactory. There’s no need for anyone to survive if we have no investment in the minor characters that do. It clearly is an experience that was designed to be a cool trailer first… a feature length experience a distant second. But when those gloopy, excessive, iconic, grotesque VFX shots do rear their gorgeously pulsating heads… God, are they good. An overly serious pastiche, a love letter to a lost genre from the dullest nerds. I’d watch this again for the visceral bursts of freakish mutancy. Possibly even on mute with a nice Zombie Zombie or Godspeed You! Black Emperor vinyl on my turntable.

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My Top 10 Body Horrors

1. Alien (1979)
2. John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982)
3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
4. Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn (1987)

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5. Freaks (1932)
6. Prometheus (2012)
7. The Exorcist (1973)
8. Re-Animator (1985)
9. The Fly (1986)
10. The Neon Demon (2015)

 

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