So, those viral video teasers for Gore Verbinksi’s A Cure For Wellness were leading to something after all: a real trailer for the new horror film from the director of The Ring remake and Pirates Of The Caribbean.
“An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure. From Gore Verbinski, the visionary director of THE RING, comes the new psychological thriller, A CURE FOR WELLNESS.”
Dane DeHaan stars at the ambitious young executive, who gets a lot more than he bargained for going by the trailer, including what looks like a sensory deprivation tank full of eels. We also get a look at Jason Isaacs, who looks like he’s having a lot of sinister fun, and Mia Goth (Nymphomaniac, The Survivalist) who plays one of the patients at the facility.
It’s fair to say that it’s an attention-grabbing trailer. It’s stylish as hell, it’s got quite a bit of creepy imagery, and it’s got a sinister cover of a Ramones standard. What there isn’t very much of is, well, dialogue, and we’ve got mixed feelings about that. It’s nice to see a trailer that doesn’t just go ahead and ruin everything, although it does have a lot of what we’re assuming are more of the big visual shocks, but it does make us a little bit worried about whether there’s the substance to back it up. However, there’s a fun Shutter Island vibe, and that’s encouraging at least. Love that Shutter Island.
A Cure For Wellness is released on 17 February 2017 in the US and 24 March in the UK. Keep up with the latest horror news with the new issue of SciFiNow.