If you're reading this and haven't seen this movie yet, stop reading now and watch it before you go any further.
The movie starts off with a very effective cold opening that immediately hooks you and makes you want to learn just what the hell is going on. Then, for the next 20 minutes or so, it feels like it's going to be a generic thriller/slasher of some sort, but nothing could be further from the truth and at about the 25 minute mark all hell breaks lose. Right as it looks like the cult leader is going to dispatch the protagonist, they are both catapulted into the realm of "the void" in which we see the cop and his ex-wife come face-to-face with the massive pyramid from the visions that have been alluded to in earlier visions/premonitions while the doctor seemingly vanishes and we are left to ponder his fate and the fates of the lead characters; what happens next is left up to our own imaginations.
This movie is a fantastic love letter to the practical effect stylings of John Carpenter, David Cronenberg and Clive Barker mixed with H.P. Lovecraft folklore. While the movie is riveting all the way through, as the credits roll, you come to the realization that multiple viewings are going to be mandatory. It's just not possible to comprehend everything that you see after your first watch (hence the Lovecraftian aspect).
While this is not a cinematic masterpiece, it is extremely effective by being purposely ambiguous (especially the ending). The viewer is treated as one of the inhabitants of the world that is being portrayed on screen which serves as an impetus to help make a connection with the movie's characters. Upon watching/reading reviews for this movie it's surprising how many people complain about this. It's saddening that the majority of audiences and critics have been conditioned to need to be spoon fed the backstories of every character and need absolute resolution at the end of every movie so everything gets tied up in a nice, neat bow. Ambiguity isn't a bad thing, quite the opposite! I believe the filmmakers were purposely ambiguous and understand that everyone fears, if you realize it or not, the "unknown" which is the one characteristic that is innate to humans and distinguishes us from every other animal on the planet. Our brains are hardwired to recognize patterns in order for us to be able to make sense of the world around us. When that mechanic is subverted we naturally get uncomfortable and uneasy because we can't make sense of what is happening.
Another gripe that people are raising is that the whole movie is a series of highly unlikely coincidences that need to be played out exactly how they are in order for the movie to work i.e. the cop having to go to the one hospital where his ex works which is the same place where the doctor/cult leader conducts his ritualistic machinations.
At the end of the day, all movies are naturally divisive in nature no matter what the genre. The best ones are thought provoking and stimulate debates/conversations well after they have been seen and this is one of the best examples of that. Everyone is going to have their own interpretations and thoughts about what the movie was actually about and that's ok; that's what great entertainment should do.
Action / Horror / Mystery / Sci-Fi
Action / Horror / Mystery / Sci-Fi
When Sheriff Deputy Carter (Aaron Poole) discovers a blood-soaked man limping down a deserted road, he rushes him to a local hospital with a barebones, night shift staff. As cloaked, cult-like figures surround the building, the patients and staff inside start to turn ravenously insane. Trying to protect the survivors, Carter leads them into the depths of the hospital where they discover a gateway to immense evil.
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