If you haven’t yet caught the trailer for The Void then you have no idea the indescribable horror that is coming our way. From a single trailer, you can tell that this movie is not going to be your run of the mill PG-13 jump fest. This is real horror and the kind of movie that only the most avid of us are going to be able to stomach. By dissecting the first official trailer, we will look at how this may be the most messed up movie of the decade.
Judging by the trailer, The Void will have a little bit of everything. We have already seen plenty of gore just in the trailer, and someone dragging an ax behind them tells us that they probably plan on using it on someone. That person may be acting on their own accord, but the trailer also hints strongly toward possession. There is also a crowd of veiled individuals, which would lead to the assumption that there is some kind of demonic cult. On the other hand, some scenes seem to point at some kind of alien creatures inhabiting human beings. So, we have a demonic, alien possession, slasher film here.
Just by watching the trailer, you can tell that The Void is steeped in symbolism. We see multiple instances of triangles from the veiled garb to paintings on the door. These symbols may just represent the void, but a safe bet is that they represent something much more sinister that the characters will slowly unravel throughout the film. So, what is going to make this movie so messed up?
There is a lot of creepy crawling going on in this trailer. Whenever something is crawling around, or crawling out of someone it automatically ups the nastiness factor of the movie. We can see that there are some alien-like creatures crawling around people’s stomachs, whipping around in their mouths, and eventually turning them into some kind of tentacle monster. That alone sends chills down your spine, but it seems to be only one messed up part of the movie.
The second layer of this film is the veiled Manson clan that shows up outside of the hospital. A group of masked attackers plays right into everyone’s psyche for the simple fact that it has happened in real life. So now viewers are going to be faced with the fact that the characters they are trying to relate to will be murdered if they go outside and infected if they stay inside.
The makers of The Void were still not content with what will already be a gut-wrenching movie and added a third spiritual level to the film. Obviously, the movie is called The Void so at some point we will find out what the void is, even if our hearts don’t want to know. At one point in the trailer we see what looks like a humanoid, but not actually a human, being drowned in light potentially from the void. This invokes more questions than it gives explanations.
Visually, this movie already looks stunning and terrifying, but looks are not the only thing that matters. The dialogue they choose to add to the trailer is enough to send shivers down anyone’s spine including, “The body has to adjust, of course, we weren’t built for this kind of thing,” and “Do you know where you go when you die? I do.” Perhaps the scariest piece of this madness puzzle is the tagline: There is a hell, this is worse.
Of course, there are other movies of the past decade that you could point to as the most messed up – we’re looking at you Human Centipede. This may not be the most messed up movie as far as disgustingness or gore, but if the trailer is any indication, this is the kind of movie that is going to stick with you long after you watched it. I, for one, can’t wait to see it even if I have trouble sleeping for a few weeks afterward.
The Void comes to select theaters April 7, 2017.