“The Void” (our review) is a 2016 independent horror film. Oozing with touches of “Hellbound: Hellraiser II” and “The Thing,” it’s one of the best horror flicks to grace the genre. Contributing to the overall experience is a masterful soundtrack.
Several artists tackle production and composition. This array of artists includes Blitz//Berlin, Menalon Music, Brian Wiacek, and director Jeremy Gillespie. Like the film it’s scoring, “The Void” original motion picture soundtrack is ripe with a dark ambiguity. Tracks vary from ominous, plodding pieces to frenetic borderline electronica numbers. Nevertheless, it’s a cohesive whole which paints a terrifying portrait. There’s certainly a sense of foreboding presented by the score.
But despite its dark undertones, The Void soundtrack is an incredible listen. Most of the tracks are pretty short, around 2 minutes or less. But others, like “A Hole in the World,” “Doorway,” and “The Child/This isn’t the End” surpass the five minute mark.
Highlight tracks include opening title “Nowhere,” which begins quietly, followed by a crescendo which segues seamlessly into “Starless Night/The Void.” “Sacrifices” includes wordless chants, and it’s a spectacularly haunting piece. Ranking among the top album entries, and taking the spot as the most unique, is “Going to See the King.” In stark contrast to the rest of the album, it’s a sort of bluegrass or gospel style track. If you didn’t know any better, you might even mistake it for an early Bob Dylan track. “Going to See the King” is a fitting conclusion to the score, and comes as the sole track with vocals.
Although The Void soundtrack is rippling with a dark ambiance, it’s still a pleasant listen. There’s a wonderful ebb and flow which alternates between booming timpani, piercing screeches, and calm, quiet rumblings. There’s a bit of a John Carpenter vibe, however it’s more akin to his The Lost Themes and Lost Themes II as opposed to Carpenter’s scores.
I really enjoyed how the final few tracks appear to end abruptly. This fosters an unsettling atmosphere, as if thrust into an alien landscape as in the film.
Ultimately, “The Void” is a true masterpiece of a horror flick. Its soundtrack matches its epic, sprawling horror vision through an uneasy ambiguous musicality. Distinct movements alternate from quiet to screaming. It’s a fantastic record to throw on in the background. If you’re a fan of the film, or even just brooding ambient soundscapes, The Void soundtrack is a riveting experience.