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The Void is a 2016 Sci-Fi Horror film.

Officer Daniel Carter is sitting in his cruiser on a desolate road one night, when he finds a man covered in blood. He brings the man to a hospital, where one of the nurses murders a patient and mutilates herself. Shortly after, he finds the hospital surrounded by a group of mysterious hooded figures, and something far more horrific inside the hospital itself.

The Void contains examples of:

  • The '90s/Turn of the Millennium: Based on the background details (boxy cathode ray computer monitors, an almost-exclusive reliance on paper records and a mention of the slow and laborious conversion to electronic records, an absence of cell phones, and the 80s Crown Victorias; given that it's a small town, the police department has easily gone over ten years without updating its fleet of cruisers), the movie is likely set at some point between 1998 and the very beginning of 2003.
  • An Axe to Grind: There are two axes featured in the movie, both of which come in handy when dispatching monsters.
  • And I Must Scream: The monsters created by Powell want to die, but he won't let them. This is horribly demonstrated by a zombie trying to kill himself by repeatedly ramming his head into a pike, but it doesn't do any good.
  • Anthropic Principle:
    • Carter's gun gets confiscated by Mitchell. This leads to a lengthy subplot in which the remaining characters try to get a shotgun from the police cruiser and are constantly underarmed.
    • The cultists not storming the hospital, even if they could easily overpower everyone inside. Otherwise the film would end after first 20 minutes.
  • Anti-Hero: Carter is a mix between types III and IV. He's perfectly willing to let Vincent and Simon smash James' hands with a hammer, but overall, he's a decent guy who wants to protect Allison from harm. Vincent and Simon are Unscrupulous Heroes, though Vincent teeters towards an Anti-Villain status, given his outward demeanor.
  • Artistic License Chemistry: Neither gasoline nor isopropyl alcohol burn in bright, yellow light. And they don't have similar flame either. Whatever was used on set, it had sodium mixed in, giving a very bright and very characteristic yellow flame.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Vincent soaks himself in lighter fluid while Transformed!Sarah impales him with her tentacles, then orders Simon to throw a flare at him. Doubles as Taking You with Me, although that doesn't work out.
  • Big Bad: Dr. Richard Powell leads the cult tormenting the hospital.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Almost everybody in the hospital is dead, except for Simon and Kim, who are undoubtedly shaken up by the horrors they witnessed, and Daniel is reunited with Allison ... in the Void.
  • Black Guy Dies First: The only non-white character is the asian Kim and she doesn't die.
  • Black Speech: The rite in front of the gateway is performed using unspecified, harsh-sounding language.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Powell seriously believes that he's helping people by turning them into monsters from the Void.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: Daniel and Allison are both trapped in the Void staring at an Eldritch Abomination floating high above them, but we don't see what happens next.
  • Body Horror: Many, many examples abound. The creatures are horribly malformed versions of their human hosts to the point where they're practically unrecognizable.
  • Break the Haughty: Upon seeing a vision of his wife and nearly killing Simon who turns the gun on him Vincent breaks down sobbing and apologizes.
  • Break Them by Talking: Villainous example. Richard manages to successfully tempt Daniel into giving up and joining in. Subverted at the last minute when Daniel throws Richard and himself into the Void.
  • Came Back Wrong: What else would you expect when you try to bring people back from a place called the Void?
  • The Cavalry: In the last moment Vincent and Simon show up to mess the ceremony for long enough to eventually defeat the cult, albeit both Daniel and Vincent end up dead in the process.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The whole bag full of isopropyl alcohol.
    • The emergency flares and more than once.
    • Subverted with the retrived pistol, which is never fired again.
  • Chest Burster: Two women are impregnated with extradimensional monsters that later come violently bursting out of their stomachs.
  • Cold Opening: It opens with Vincent and Simon chasing a young woman from a house and burning her alive, then letting James get away so they can chase him down.
  • Conspicuous CG: While almost all effects are done using practical means and are really good, the greenscreen showing empty desert behind Daniel and Allison in the final scene is almost painfully obvious.
  • Cosmic Horror Story/Lovecraft Lite: It falls somewhere between these two spectrums. On one hand, it's action-packed and has a relatively hopeful ending, but on the other, there are proven to be ancient forces out there beyond human comprehension, and far older than time as we know it, and the afterlife isn't really shown to be a place one would want to go.
  • Creepy Basement: The characters descend into the basement of the hospital to rescue someone when an entire sub-level just appears before them, filled with monsters and leading to a portal to another dimension. This basement level itself is not even "real" exactly, and disappears at the end.
  • Cult: The Disciples outside the hospital, lead by Dr. Richard Powell.
  • Damsel in Distress: Maggie is in final weeks of her pregnancy. Allison gets kidnapped by resurrected Richard and most of the film is spend on attempted rescue.
  • Dark Messiah: Powell, who refers to his followers as his "disciples" and promises to "save" everyone in the hospital. Of course, his idea of saving them entails placing the warped souls of the deceased inside their bodies, turning them into horrific monsters that want to die but can't.
  • Darkest Hour: The cultists have taken over the hospital. Daniel is dying, with a knife in his back. The abomination born from Maggie kills her and is ready to finish Daniel, while Richard is triumphant in the background.... Cue Vincent and Simon crashing in, shotgun-blazing.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In his first scene, Carter tells another officer that he's in the middle of a high-speed chase. And his lines just get better from there.
    Powell: There are things much older. Older than time and they blessed me.
    Daniel: Well, congratulations.
  • Defiant to the End:
    • Vincent, while being ripped into shreds and mauled, still douses himself and the newborn abomination with isopropyl alcohol and let Simon put them on fire.
    • When given a chance, Daniel axes Richard. While it doesn't work and he's at the mercy of the insane doctor, he still ends up tackling him into the Void, all while having a knife in his back.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Discussed by Powell. Some amoral entity from the other side gave him the means to bring people back from the dead, though certainly not the way they wanted. But while the tentacled monsters summoned from the Void are certainly creepy, the actual godlike Eldritch Abomination is revealed at the end to be a giant floating pyramid (the symbol of the cult), or at least that's the form that Daniel and Allison perceive it as.
  • Eldritch Location:
    • The Void itself. It's simply a featureless dimension covered with alien architecture and strange creatures floating among the stars.
    • Apparently there is a whole sub-basement in the hospital, which doesn't really exist and is some sort of pocket dimension instead. It's also impossible to navigate inside of it and it almost looks like generating next rooms only when anyone enters it, leading where it wants to lead. Yes, a conscious place - it's that sort of story.
    Vincent: It's a rat maze.
  • Enemy Rising Behind: During the trek to the cruiser to retrive supplies - and most importantly a shotgun - one of the cultists rises behind Simon out of nowhere. Daniel mows him down with a single shot.
  • Enfant Terrible: The... thing coming out of Maggie. It's roughtly two times bigger than her, isn't even humanoid and while vicious, still makes baby weeping sounds.
  • Evil All Along:
    • Dr. Richard Powell is the leader of those mysterious cultists and the Big Bad of the story.
    • Maggie, although it's unclear if she was being influenced by the Void, and she is horrified when she sees the fruits of her labor.
  • Eye Scream: After Bev goes insane, she's seen sticking a pair of scissors into a dead patient's eye sockets.
  • The Faceless: The Disciples wear white hoods with a black triangles painted over them, and their real faces are never shown.
  • Faux Action Girl: Allison is introduced as no non-sense, responsible nurse that is the only person still trying to maintain order, while looking out for her patients. She ends up in Richard cluches within seconds after going alone for medical supplies and spends rest of the film as Damsel in Distress and then a monster malformed so much she's not even vaguely humanoid anymore.
  • Fetus Terrible: Both the thing growing inside Allison and for the brief moment, Maggie's baby. When it's finally born, it upgrades to Enfant Terrible.
  • Foil: Carter, to Powell. Both of them lost children, although Carter's child was stillborn, whereas Powell's daughter was a little older when she died. Furthermore, Carter is accused by Powell of being relieved at said stillbirth, and Powell is always polite and soft-spoken as opposed to the crass and stubborn Carter.
  • Foreshadowing: "Statistically, you're more likely to die in a hospital than anywhere else." Subtle.
  • Genre Throwback: To eighties horror, especially the work of John Carpenter. It essentially starts out as Assault On Precinct 13 and later becomes The Thing mixed with Prince of Darkness.
  • Gorn: YES.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The beings "older than time" mentioned by Powell. They're never seen, but nothing in the movie would have happened were it not for their existence.
  • Hallucinations: The characters start seeing things that aren't really there. And it only goes form there when they venture into the basement of the building. Which is actually the entrance to an Eldritch Location.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Dr. Powell is really fond of the sound of his voice.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Downplayed. Allison and Kim are very attractive, but aren't objectified in any way.
  • The Hero Dies: Carter throws himself into the Void to kill Powell.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Daniel ultimately defeats Powell by tackling him in front of the portal so that they'll both be trapped in the Void.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Powell. For whatever reason, he's the only person to come back from the Void and retain his human form, albeit with a lot less skin, though this is implied to be self-inflicted.
  • It Gets Easier: After Daniel shots Bev, he hits PTSD attack and suffers a breakdown. By third act he has absolutely no qualms about killing Allison, whom he was trying to rescue for past hour.
  • In Medias Res: The film opens with what looks like a murder of random young woman and then the plot picks up from there. While the context is eventually provided, none of the events prior to that scene are shown and they are only alluded or sparsley discussed.
  • In the Back: Maggie kills this way her grandfather and Daniel, taking them both by complete surprise.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Vincent is introduced as an abrasive, ruthless Knight Templar, and retains this attitude over the course of the movie. He tries to attack Allison and refers to Maggie as "the teenage fucking slut". Also, he strongly considers burning down what's left of the hospital with everyone still in it. However, he eventually starts to cool down slightly, and it's clear that he loves Simon and only wants to avenge their family.
  • Jump Scare: Subverted or at least downplayed when Kim hides in the vent. There's a lingering shot of the corridor in front of her, but a disciple just casually walks in, without a Scare Chord.
  • Kill It with Fire: Vincent and Simon put on fire anyone or anything that they've killed. Or just wounded. It doesn't work with Transformed!Sarah, as it survives even being put ablaze.
  • Knife Nut: The Disciples all carry hunting knives. Also, Vincent is shown to have a large knife in his bag, though he never uses it.
  • Knight Templar: Vincent is hellbent on wiping out the cult, and will harm, kill, or hold hostage anyone who stands in his way. As well as the cult itself.
  • Left the Background Music On: Inverted. Turns out all those Drones Of Dread are also heard in-universe.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: Completely unintentionally, but no counter-measure is taken when it happens. When Daniel, Vincent, Simon and James are in the sub-basement, Vincent starts chasing a hallucination he has. Simon runs after his father, knowing something is off about his behaviour. This leaves Daniel with paranoid James, and soon Daniel is alone. However, they eventually reunite in the right moment.
  • Light Is Not Good: The gateway to the Void is a triangular, blinding white light, and the Disciples are dressed in white robes and hoods. There's nothing benevolent about either of these examples.
  • The Load: James. For starters, he's a junky. A still drugged junky. And if that wasn't enough, he was already roughed up by the cultists. However, when he turns into The Millstone, Daniel feeds him to one of the monsters without any remorse and to buy some time.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Powell's ultimate goal is to bring his daughter back from the Void and place her spirit inside Maggie's unborn child, turning the infant into a horrific monster. He had experimented with many others before resurrecting her.
  • Mad Doctor: Richard was already insane enough to start the cult and perform a string of ritual murders/summonings, but when he dies and get back himself, he goes on a lengthy rant about ability to study new, uncharted territory, while cutting off his own face. For Science!
  • Mind Screw: Lots of it, especially in the latter parts of the film, where visions, hallucinations and mind control all start to happen in steadily increasing rate.
  • Morality Chain: Simon keeps Vincent from being completely antagonistic.
  • Mr. Exposition: Powell provides lots of information about the events prior to the movie, such as Allison's stillborn child.
  • Necromantic: The leader of the cult is driven to pursue life after death because of the loss of his beloved daughter. He then makes a Deal with the Devil with otherworldly forces to bring people back from the dead but they turn into tortured mutants as a result.
  • No Ending: The final scene just cuts to black, in the middle of a music note. And without explaining anything shown in said scene.
  • No Name Given: Every character in the story is named, even if they play no role in it or are The Ghost... except for the girl from the very opening scene.
  • No-Sell: Daniel axes Richard. He doesn't even flinch, while the axe remains in his shoulder
  • The Nothing After Death: The Void is one, being a strange, somber place filled with alien ruins and stranger monsters.
  • Open Heart Dentistry: Kim is not only just a nurse, but a nurse in training. And obviously in shock after just the initial bloodbath. Yet she has to perform a C-section.
    Kim: I don't know what half this stuff is!
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Most of the monsters are essentially zombies, being the mutated bodies of humans with souls from the Void placed inside them. They would certainly qualify as undead of some kind, though destroying the brain does not actually work.
  • The Place
  • Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: From the start, Powell is kind and hospitable to everyone, and genuinely thinks he's doing the right thing. This contrasts sharply with the snarky Daniel and the wrathful Vincent.
  • Precision F-Strike: Happen few times, always involving Daniel.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: While Daniel and the characters from hospital are familiar with each other, nobody ever before met or saw James, Vincent nor Simon. Unlike typical group like that, not only none of the characters get along really well, they stay as such till the very end of the movie, making a barely cohesive pack.
  • Religion of Evil: Those weird guys in the triangular hoods don't seem particularly friendly.
  • Rule of Symbolism: When Simon lights up a flare to put Vincent and the newborn monster, right behind him stands a statue of Mary with baby Jesus.
  • Scenery Gorn: The hospital basement, due to being burned. And there's a lot emphasis on the "Gorn" later on.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: And it quickly jumps into outright Shoot the Shaggy Dog territory. The whole "rescue" mission for Allison is obviously a wasted effort from the start, but it ends up with Daniel - the very person who forced this trek - chopping what's left of Allison into pieces with an axe.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: Lampshaded by Carter, after blowing away a Disciple with one.
    Carter: I'm keeping the fucking gun!
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Daniel's response to Powell's Breaking Lecture is a resounding "fuck no".
    Powell: Tell me what you see, Daniel.
    Daniel: I see a monster trying to play god.
  • Sinister Geometry: The symbol of the cult is a simple black triangle, which also serves as a gateway to an alien dimension. It turns out that this is because there's a Eldritch Abomination on the other side that looks like a giant floating pyramid.
  • Slashed Throat: How Maggie's grandfather is killed. Powell is stabbed in the throat by James, but he gets better. Sort of.
  • Slasher Smile: Maggie bears a really creepy one after she reveals her allegiance to Powell.
  • Taking You with Me: Carter, barely clinging to life, throws Powell and himself into the Void.
  • Tear Off Your Face: Beverly cuts off her face with a scalpel.
  • The "The" Title
  • Together in Death: In the final scene Daniel and Allison are reunited on the other side after both of them died, but are trapped in an alien landscape staring right at an Eldritch Abomination.
  • Token Minority: Kim is Asian and is the only non-white character.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: To a minor extent. Vincent eventually starts to settle down a bit and stop working against everyone.
  • Tortured Monster: One of the monsters is seen trying to kill itself, and failing miserably at it. Powell notes that these are his "experiments", and he simply won't let them die.
  • The Unfettered: Vincent simply does not give a damn about who he has to hurt or kill in order to get his revenge on the cult, even threatening to burn down what's left of the hospital, while there's still living people in it. Ultimately subverted at the end when he sees a vision of his murdered wife and lashes out and tries to kill Simon, blaming him for her death. He breaks down sobbing, and later performs a Heroic Sacrifice so Simon can get away from Mutant!Sarah.
  • The Voice: For most of his time after death, Richard is reduced to being an ominous voice.
  • The Voiceless: Simon never says a word. There's a bandage on his neck, and Vincent implies that he was mutilated by the Disciples.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Numerous characters are barely developed and handful of them die without establishing anything about them, including names. Cliff is named only after he is killed and before that he was in single scene. Similarly, we don't even know what kind of person Bev was before she went insane.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Powell actually believes he's doing humanity a favor by bringing spirits back from the abyss and placing them in human bodies, never mind the resulting carnage or the fact that the resulting monsters don't want to be there.
  • Wham Line: Maggie gives a whopper of one.
    Maggie: Dr. Powell is a great man. I'm so lucky to be carrying his child.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Daniel is tempted by Richard to give up and join him. When he mentions being again with Allison, Carter visibly shakes and can't hold it off anymore, submitting... and then he musters all the strength he still has and tackles Powell into the Void.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: The cultists could easily take over the hospital at any moment, perform the ritual and be done with it. Instead, they just stand outside and wait, which gives the trapped characters all the time they need to figure out what they need and stop said ritual from the inside.


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