Horror thriller ‘A Cure for Wellness’ doesn’t look therapeutic at all

Gore Verbinski — known for directing the global hit remake of The Ring, is back in the horror genre in an upcoming movie called A Cure For Wellness, where he introduces an enticing yet very unsettling spa that promises a cure for what ails man in today’s fast and highly-wired landscape.

Dane DeHaan in ‘A Cure for Wellness’, coming to cinemas this February 2017. (Warner Bros/ 20th Century Fox)

Starring Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth, and Jason Isaacs, A Cure For Wellness drives the audience from a city abuzz with an overly competitive workforce to a remote picturesque location in the Swiss Alps.  DeHaan stars as Lockhart who journeys from the city to the Alps, in hopes to retrieve their company’s CEO who mysteriously abandoned his post to find the “ultimate cure” which he believes will finally bring him back in good shape.

Scene from ‘A Cure for Wellness’ (20th Century Fox/ Warner Bros.)

Lockhart soon meets up with Hannah (played by Goth), an extremely naive innocent young woman, who also stays at the mysterious spa.  The longer Lockhart stays in the place, the more he uncovers that the miraculous treatments are not what they seem to be. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity gets tested as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests longing for more cure.

The mysterious asylum-like health spa from ‘A Cure for Wellness’ (20th Century Fox/ Warner Bros)

The script, I thought it was the most gripping story I ever read and I didn’t put the script down from start to finish. I had to read it three times before I could actually fully wrap my head around what it is the story was telling.  Also, what it is that Hannah goes through in terms of her journey and her role.  There’s such a transformation that happens that’s so intense and so painful at times that really blossoms and become the woman that she’s meant to be,” reveals Goth of her character in the film.

Mia Goth and Jason Isaacs (‘A Cure for Wellness’/ 20th Century Fox/ Warner Bros.)

Likewise, director Verbinski teased in a previous interview with Paul Shirey that “A Cure for Wellness is sort of exploring this sense of the irrational and the inevitable converging. We all know history and yet here we are driving a car into a tree and we’re not turning and there’s that sense of comfort of denial; terry cloth robes and a steam bath and there’s no better place, the health spa, to corrupt that idea of the temorariness of tranquility and to explore inevitability as a kind of sickness and to put it in sound and camera. There’s a dark spot on your x-ray, y’know, and it’s the narrator of the movie, it’s the unseen force. ‘Cause we have a protagonist who starts off as kind of a- he’s a killer, I mean he’s the worst of us.”

Watch the trailer here:

A Cure For Wellness opens on February 15, 2017 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox, to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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