The Void ★★½

Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie are two Canadian filmmakers who specialise in 1980s-inflected low-budget horror movies, through Astron-6, which has so far produced Father’s Day (2011) and Manborg (2011) amongst others. The Void is their latest offering, which made waves at Fantastic Fest and the Toronto After Dark Film Festival last year, and it does represent some growth and maturity, if only because there’s no comedic element you can blame for any sniggering.

Police Deputy Daniel Carter (Aaron Poole) happens upon a bloodied man crawling in the road during a night shift, and takes him to an understaffed hospital where his estranged wife Alison (Kathleen Munroe) works as a nurse. Things take a turn into the bizarre when Daniel is soon forced to shoot dead another nurse, Beverly (Stephanie Belding), whom he finds carving off her own face after murdering a patient while in an entranced state of mind. Outside, a mysterious group of cultists in white robes with a black triangle on the hoods have surrounded the building, preventing anyone from leaving, while inside a disgusting tentacled creature has erupted from Beverly’s corpse…

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