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A SIERRA NEVADA
(MICHAEL MADSEN & JOHN SAVAGE).
A bloody body on the floor and a black triangle on the door. Screaming from somewhere.
A frightened man runs out of the door. Then a woman, who is shot and set on fire by two men.
The older of the two, who we will come to know as, The Father (Daniel Fathers: PONTY POOL, TIME OF DEATH, DARK MATTER [TV]) looks at the runaway man fleeing across a field and says, "He won't get far.
Of the two killers, the young man, who we will know as The Son (Mik Byskov: THE RETURNED [TV, THE 100 [TV]) clearly doesn't want to kill. The Father wants to but he does so without sadism. His heart doesn't seem to be in it. He acts as if he is obligated somehow.
What the hell is going on? No clue but it's a great way to start a story!
Somewhere else, Sheriff's Deputy Daniel Carter (THE CIRCLE, THE CONSPIRACY, THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ROSALIND LEIGH), relaxing in his car speaks to dispatch. Just another dull rural night. When the runaway man, who we will know as James (Evan Stern: ROBOCOP , DEAD RIVALRY, TRANSYLVANIA), crawls exhausted out of the woods in the headlight beams of Deputy Carter's car, Daniel mistakes him for a local drunk.
Then he sees the blood and the man's terror and knows this is something worse.
Deputy Carter takes the man to the nearest emergency room and hospital. He rarely patrols this area of the county and the hospital and its staff is unfamiliar for Carter, but its still in his jurisdiction.
It's here we meet the late night skeleton crew of the hospital.
There's scrub nurse in training, Kim (Ellen Wong: SILENT NIGHT, THE CIRCLE, DARK MATTER [TV]).
There's front desk Nurse Allison Fraser (Kathleen Munroe: FAMILY CURSE, ETERNAL, THE WHITE DOG SACRIFICE, SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD, HAVEN [TV], ALPHAS [TV], RESURRECTION [TV]), Daniel's estranged wife.
Kindly head doctor Richard Powell (Kenneth Welsh: DOUBLE NEGATIVE, PHOBIA!, OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN, A STRANGER WAITS, THE HOUSE ON CARROLL STREET, TWIN PEAKS [TV], HABITAT, MIND PREY, WITCHBLADE, THE HOUND OF BASKERVILLES , MATTHEW BLACKHEART: MONSTER SMASHER, THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE, THE FOG , THE COVENANT, ONE WAY, FANTASTIC 4: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER, SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD), who has been around so long that everyone knows and practically loves him.
Underage and pregnant Maggie (Grace Munroe) and her grandfather Ben (James Millington: DROP DEAD DEAREST, ROBOCOP [TV], DARKMAN II), who are there because the girl is due soon.
After the arrival of Sheriff Mitchell (Art Hindle: THE CLONE MASTER, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS , THE BROOD, THE SURROGATE, KEPT, STRANDED , ENCRYPT, OFFSPRING, SICILIAN VAMPIRE), who is searching for the mass murderers who set a house of people on fire this night, all hell breaks loose and worse. In unexpected ways, the weird soon begins and once it does, it doesn't stop.
THE VOID, while being a simply told scary story at first blush, is filled with complexity that produces twists, turns, and twists upon the twists and turns until I wasn't sure who was going to be a hero here, if anyone.
There is also gore galore, more over the top that any SAW movie, and yet THE VOID never loses its heart - not even among the villains. Believe me when I say that the villain label changes characters as the story progresses, yet under the guidence of Writer Directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski, THE VOID also never gets lost in too much switch back cleverness. They created the story's internal logic and stay with it to its whacked-out resolution.
Scary, mysterious, suspenseful, intriguing, perplexing, and monster smash gratifying, THE VOID is a Horror movie fan's blood-soaked treasure.
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