Director Gore Verbinski has crafted quite an interesting career. After striking genre gold with the remake of the Japanese horror film Ringu, orchestrating one of Disney’s most successful franchises with Pirates of the Caribbean, and continuing his collaboration with Johnny Depp on the animated film Rango and the reboot of The Lone Ranger, Verbinski was poised to do whatever he wanted to do with his next film, and it doesn’t take long to realize this quality in the director’s new film, A Cure for Wellness.
Easily one of the more thought-provoking horror movies to get a wide release in some time, Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness arrives in theaters this weekend courtesy of 20th Century Fox. Not one to shy away from an ambitious directorial challenge, during our interview, Verbinski discussed bringing the unknown back to big screen horror, what fueled his desire to tackle a wholly unique story after years of bringing popular properties to life, and how A Cure for Wellness is his own twisted version of a fairy tale.
Undoubtedly one of the more thought-provoking horror movies to receive a major studio push in quite some time, Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness arrives in theaters this weekend courtesy of 20th Century Fox. The film follows Dane DeHaan’s character Lockhart as he arrives at a wellness retreat in Switzerland to retrieve the CEO of the financial firm he works for, only to find himself unable to leave after getting mixed up in the mysteries of the facility.
In theaters this weekend is Gore Verbinski’s A Cure For Wellness. In the film, while trapped at a remote wellness center in Switzerland, Dane DeHaan’s character Lockhart crosses paths with a mysterious young woman named Hannah (played by Mia Goth), who undergoes her own awakening the deeper Lockhart delves into the mystery of just what is “the cure.”
There is a level of audacity to Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness that I can’t help but admire. On paper, it’s not the type of film that generally gets a big studio push in this day and age, but yet, 20th Century Fox is going all out for Verbinski’s weirdly surreal exploration of the one thing none of us can escape—our mortality—and I dig that he once again takes an avant-garde route to give us a grandiose, epic gothic horror movie that wears its influences on its sleeves, yet at times feels like nothing we’ve ever experienced before.
I knew almost nothing about A Cure for Wellness prior to Fox’s 2017 Showcase event, except that it was the latest from Gore Verbinski, director of The Ring and the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and that the first teaser videos quietly released a few weeks ago were the perfect combination of bizarre and mysterious, putting it right to the top of my “must-see without knowing anything more about it” list.