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[Review] ‘The Void’ Captures The Essence of Cosmic Horror

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Many horror fans lament the apparent absence of Lovecraft-inspired horror movies since the glory days of Stuart Gordon and John Carpenter. Of course, we have seen a few Lovecraftian gems here and there since then, but few of those films manage to achieve that illusive atmosphere that we seem to crave. Luckily, writer-directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski have unexpectedly conjured up a worthy addition to the annals of cosmic horror with their new film, The Void.

Starting off as a deceptively simple siege movie, The Void stars Aaron Poole as Daniel Carter, a small-town cop who gets unwittingly caught up in unfathomably horrific circumstances. When Carter attempts to rescue a wounded stranger by taking him to the nearest hospital, he unleashes a chain of events that results in the hospital’s skeleton crew and patients being attacked by gruesome entities and a mysterious cult. This small group must attempt to survive the night all the while dealing with the supernatural implications of their pursuers.

Although it tackles some original concepts and boasts some truly unique (not to mention nightmarish) visuals, The Void is, at its core, a love-letter to what has become an exceedingly rare form of horror in Hollywood. Equal parts The Thing, From Beyond and some kind of hallucinogenic drug trip, this is retro filmmaking at its finest. While nostalgic looks at older styles of filmmaking can sometimes end up feeling derivative, Gillespie and Kostanski manage to inject enough of their own style to keep things consistently fresh.

Speaking of older styles of filmmaking, the practical effects in this film are some of the best (or worst, if you consider the subject matter) that I’ve seen in horror for a long time, even rivalling the work of masters like Stan Winston and Tom Savini. Even if you don’t quite appreciate the story or characters, these visuals will haunt you long after the credits roll. There is some decent usage of CGI as well, but those elements can’t really compare to the physical monstrosities gracing the screen.

While the cast does a fantastic job at reacting to the inexplicable terror around them, you can’t help but feel that these characters could have been developed a bit more. Poole makes for an extremely compelling protagonist, but he can’t quite carry the film by himself. The vastly underrated Ellen Wong also makes an appearance, which is a plus, but the script still isn’t doing anyone any favors. This is a minor gripe, however, as the film as a whole still manages to be exceptionally entertaining, not to mention terrifying.

Despite its flaws, The Void is ultimately the Lovecraftian horror movie that we’ve been hoping for. The ending might not be entirely satisfying, and the characters could have been improved, but this is still an immensely enjoyable film. The effects work and monster designs are top-notch, and the movie somehow captures that rare feeling of cosmic dread that oh-so-many horror films strive for, but few ever achieve. It may not quite reach the heights of the films that inspired it, but The Void is most definitely worth a watch.

The Void will be getting a limited theatrical release starting April 7th!

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Slashers Strike With ‘Minutes to Midnight’ [Trailer]

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In the tradition of The StrangersMinutes to Midnight chimes in on VOD July 3rd and DVD September 4th, Bloody Disgusting learned.

In the film, which boasts the incredibly cool piece of art shared below:

“What happens when a night of fun turns into a night of horror?  Seven friends and a mysterious backpacker converge at a desolate ski lodge in the mountains and as the clock begins the countdown to the New Year, they discover that the end of the old year may be the end of all their years as they are systematically hunted down by ruthless masked men with a deadly agenda.”

Check out this insane cast:

Award-winning actor William Baldwin (Backdraft, Flatliners, Sliver), Richard Grieco (“21 Jump Street”), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects), John Hennigan (Never Leave Alive), Dominique Swain (Astro), Viva Bianca (“Spartacus : War of the Damned”), Jared Cohn (Pernicious) and Christopher Judge (“Stargate SG-1”) star in a Christopher Ray (Circus Kane) film. Victoria Dadi and Christopher M. Don wrote the screenplay.

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Dan Aykroyd Offering “Ultimate Ghostbusters Experience,” Including Lunch and Exclusive Access

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If you’ve ever wanted to talk aliens and vodka with Dan Aykroyd, now’s your chance.

Being run through Omaze in benefit of The For the Win Project, which gives ill, disabled and disadvantaged children the chance to be their favorite heroes in their very own movie poster and trailer, Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd is auctioning off what’s being advertised as the Ultimate Ghostbusters Experience, with entries starting at $10.

If you win, you and a friend will:

  • Get to know Dan Aykroyd (aka Dr. Raymond Stantz!) over lunch and take pictures in the original Ecto-1
  • Score exclusive access to the Sony Pictures® lot, enjoy a private tour of the Ghostbusters® prop archive at the Sony Pictures® Museum, and visit Dan and Ivan Reitman’s production company, Ghost Corps HQ
  • Have a photoshoot with the For The Win Project team and go home with a one-of-a-kind Ghostbusters® poster featuring YOU
  • Be flown out to LA and put up in a 4-star hotel

“Throw on your Proton Pack, because you’re going where few Ghostbusters fans have gone before: behind the scenes! You’ll get VIP access to the Sony Pictures backlot to visit Ghost Corps HQ, the brainchild/production company of Ghostbusters’ director Ivan Reitman and star Dan Aykroyd. You’ll score a Ghostbusters poster (with you in it!) and check out some incredible Ghostbusters props—including the Ecto-1. Why not hop in, take a picture… and listen! Do you smell something? That must mean it’s time for your lunch with none other than Dr. Raymond Stantz himself, Dan Aykroyd. You came. You saw. And you kicked this day’s ass. Flights and hotel included.”

Head over to Omaze to pitch in and enter to win the experience!

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Stars Jason Statham and Li Bingbing Reflect On Challenging ‘The Meg’ Shoot

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Ahead of this coming August’s theatrical release here in the States, director Jon Turteltaub’s The Meg got its own press conference in Shanghai over the weekend, with stars Jason Statham and Li Bingbing on hand to answer questions and hype up the mega-shark flick.

During the event, Statham described the shoot as his toughest to date.

Via China.Org, “Jason Statham said The Meg was probably the most challenging film he had ever worked on. He added that it was very hard to communicate when shooting underwater scenes because they require a lot physical strength, endurance, and patience.

As for Bingbing, there was a time on set where she thought she was going to die.

I’ve always been afraid of water, but one of my scenes required me to be put in a cage five or six meters underwater, and I had to hold my breath for a very long time,” the actress told the crowd at the Shanghai International Film Festival. “We had to reshoot the scene again and again and I felt like I was going to die.”

She added, “When they took me out of the water, the director came to compliment me, but I was too weak to speak, then he started to fear that I was really close to death.”

The Meg will swim into theaters on August 10, 2018.

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Flashback Bringing Brad Dourif and Tom Holland to Chicago for ‘Child’s Play’ and ‘Fright Night’ Reunions and Screenings!

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The legendary actor Brad Dourif and director Tom Holland headline a 30th anniversary Child’s Play(1988) reunion at the Flashback Weekend  Chicago Horror Con to be held  Aug. 3-5, 2018, at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, IL.

Other Child’s Play series guests include Fiona Dourif (Curse of Chucky, Cult of Chucky), Alex Vincent (Child’s Play 1 & 2, Cult of Chucky) and Christine Elise (Child’s Play 2). Vincent will be posing for photos with his screen used Chucky doll.

Tom Holland also hosts a Fright Night (1985) reunion featuring William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Stephen Geoffreys, Jonathan Stark, and FX master Steve Johnson.  A special make-up photo-op will be available of Stephen Geoffrey’s in his Evil Ed vampire make-up designed and applied by Steve Johnson (creator of the original 1985 make-up)!

Bloody Disgusting is presenting the Flashback Weekend Outdoor Horror Film Fest on a Drive-In Giant outdoor screen! Each screening will feature an extended discussion by the cast.

  • Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, a 30th-anniversary screening of Child’s Play (1988) hosted by Brad Dourif,  Alex Vincent, and director Tom Holland.
  • Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, will present Fright Night (1985) hosted by William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Stephen Geoffreys, Steve Johnson, and director Tom Holland

Bloody Disgusting will also be on hand to screen WORLD OF DEATH episodes during the weekend.


Friday the 13th events include a Five Jason Costume Photo-op – you in one photo with Five Jason stars in costume including Steve Dash (Part 2), Ted White (Part 4), Tom Morga (Part 5), C.J. Graham (Part 6), and Ken Kirzinger (Freddy vs Jason), and a Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) reunion featuring Ted White (“Jason”), Peter Barton, Lawrence Monoson, and Judie Aronson, and

From “Ash vs. Evil Dead” Dana DeLorenzo (Kelly) and Ray Santiago (Pablo). Many additional guests including director / producer legend Charles Band (Full Moon Entertainment),  Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), Cerina Vincent (Cabin Fever), Paul T. Taylor (Pinhead in Hellraiser Judgment), Lynn Lowry (I Drink Your Blood), John Russo (Night of the Living Dead), and more to be announced!

Chicago Horror Host legend Svengolie (Rich Koz) will also be a very special guest posing for photos, signing autographs, and hosting the Sinister Visions Costume Contest on Sat. Aug. 4, 2018.

Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con tickets are now on sale.

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