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Author: Scott Davis
After his success on bigger movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean and The Ring, Gore Verbinski returns behind the camera to bring us A Cure For Wellness, a project that the director helped to create with writer Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road). You can read Stefan Pape’s review of the film here.
The film follows Lockhart (DeHaan), a Wall Street stockbroker who travels to the Swiss Alps to find his company’s CEO from a medical centre that is surrounded in mystery and soon he begins to suspect that not everything is what it seems. For Verbinski, who co-wrote the story, it was the traditional nature of the horror genre that excited him with the project rather than going for “jump scares”:
“I’m a fan of the genre but these days we tend to distill horror into a series of scares that have to »
- Scott Davis
After easily conquering highly-anticipated sequels Fifty Shades Darker and John Wick 2, Warner Bros.' animated spin-off Lego Batman Movie faced three newcomers in its second weekend at the box office. The animated spin-off will go up against Universal's big budget action epic The Great Wall, starring Matt Damon, Warner Bros.' comedy Fist Fight starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day and 20th Century Fox's A Cure For Wellness starring Dane DeHaan. As expected, The Lego Batman Movie retained its spot atop the box office with a better than expected $34.2 million
While there are certainly many factors that lead to The Lego Batman Movie staying on top of the box office, one of these factors is that it is still playing in hundreds of more theaters than any of these newcomers. The Lego Batman Movie debuted in 4,088 theaters last weekend, which, according to Box Office Mojo, remained unchanged this weekend. reporting »
Chicago – Gore Verbinski is no stranger to the spooky. He always creates these tense, terror-filled scenes that effectively frighten us. His films, from “Ring” to “Rango”, each are compelling enough to keep our attention, not matter how absurd they transform into. Boy, does he ever deliver in the gorgeously grotesque “A Cure for Wellness.”
I grew up in what can easily be considered the golden era of fucked up cartoons. My formative years were filled with outrageous, absurdist shows like “Ren & Stimpy,” “Rocko’s Modern Life,” “Aaahh!!! Real Monsters,” and “Courage the Cowardly Dog.“ Each of them probably has something to do with my macabre sensibilities and Gore Verbinski perfectly mirrors my own predilections. The most powerful part of any Verbinski is the visual storytelling and “A Cure for Wellness” proves that he works best when the camera tells the story for him. The best way to describe his »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
What exactly is the cure? Viewers can find out for themselves now that Gore Verbinski's A Cure for Wellness is in theaters via 20th Century Fox, and to celebrate the release, a new video and poster made completely with pills have been revealed.
Synopsis: "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."
- Derek Anderson
The Ring and Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness is now in theaters everywhere. Fox is doping up audiences with the trailer and poster made entirely out of pills. It’s pretty cool. Trace reviewed the film and called it a “feast for the eyes.” In the film, “An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve […] »
- Brad Miska
A Cure For Wellness is the kind of movie you find out one of your friends has never seen and immediately sit them down to watch it, just to see them experience the cringe-worthy sequences, the visual masterwork on display, and the ominous mystery that surrounds it. Directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates Of The Caribbean trilogy, Lone Ranger, The Ring) and starring Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth, and Jason Isaacs,... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
There’s something in the water, and this time it’s not a young girl with long black hair. Gore Verbinski (The Ring) returns to the murky depths of horror, and the result is a more of a cobbled together Frankenstein monster than a Creature from the Black Lagoon. Some might find this slow-moving creature not quite scary as it languidly lumbers forward, but the ambition of creating something unlike most big-studio horror films right now is a feat that is brilliantly mad.
An eager to please young executive (Dane DeHaan) 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.
A great location in a horror film can go a long way. I for one hold a special place in my black heart for sanatoriums or hospitals. »
- Michael Haffner
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.
Look for A Cure for Wellness in theaters everywhere on Friday, February 17th.
For the last ten or so years, with the exception of Rango, you’ve been working with different existing properties in regards to your directorial work. Was it something that you were conscious of, as you began putting A Cure for Wellness together, that this was your way »
- Heather Wixson
A room full of studio executives sit around a table. Each of them has a small pile of paper scraps and a pen. They jot down dozens of things that they believe fit the definition of universally creepy: "Old, European Art Deco health spas"; "lank-haired girls with Vitamin E deficiencies"; "stern-faced people speaking German"; "iron lungs"; "eels." They then proceed to take round-robin turns pulling these concepts out of a hat, depositing a random handful picks into a manila envelope. When the package's recipients – let's call them screenwriter Justin Haythe »
One would think having played Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies and voicing DC villains like Sinestro and Ra's Al Ghul in animated films--as well as a couple more authoritarian figures in Star Wars: Rebels--would have gotten any desire to be evil out of actor Jason Isaacs’ system.
And yet, he’s playing a more enigmatic character in director Gore Verbinski’s twisted new thriller A Cure for Wellness, which follows Dane DeHaan as a financial broker named Lockhard to Switzerland to retrieve the CEO of his company who is thought to have lost his marble in search of a cure at a spa located at an old castle in the Alps. Once there, Lockhard breaks his leg in a car accident, and he’s put under the care of Isaacs’ Dr. Vollmar, creator of the cure based around the area’s underground waters and their healing properties. »
- Edward Douglas
Not everything seems to be perfect.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
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.
Lrm had a sit-down interview with actress Mia Goth earlier this month. She talked about her character growing into womanhood; the lure and vision of Gore Verbinski; working with Dane Dehaan; and the beauty in Germany.
Goth is best known for playing »
- Gig Patta
Gore Verbinski first attracted wide attention for directing The Ring – one of the few examples of a successful foreign horror remake. Now, after 15 years of directing blockbusters (and also The Weather Man), he’s returned to the stage of psychological thrillers with A Cure for Wellness, opening this weekend. We spoke with the director about the recurring motifs in his films, and particularly his latest, the design of the locations, how the film acts as a reverse Sleeping Beauty, and more.
The Film Stage: Water is a recurring motif or element in a lot of your films.
Gore Verbinski: Yeah, you’re referring to Rango and The Ring and Pirates… god knows what else. That is strange, isn’t it? It’s a beautiful metaphor for so many things — for birth and catharsis and drowning and baptism and purification. In A Cure for Wellness, it’s the idea that Volmer [Jason Isaac’s character] is diagnosing modern man, »
- Daniel Schindel
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
The Lego Batman Movie won the weekend as expected, but not with nearly as much money as I had predicted, not besting the opening of The Lego Movie as expected, but instead ending up with a reasonable and not so bad $53 million. Fifty Shades Darker proved that the audience for movies based on the popular books was still great enough for it to win Friday with $21 million (to Lego Batman’s $15 million) and end up second for the weekend with a strong $46.6 million. That was still almost $40 million less than the opening of the previous movie Fifty Shades of Grey, but the sequel also didn’t have the benefits of Valentine’s Day and a four-day holiday. Coming in »
- Edward Douglas
The Ring and Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski director will provide A Cure for Wellness on February 17th. The film has been shrouded in secrecy, although one thing is for certain, the film has a strong steampunk vibe that looks straight out of the 1990’s. Verbinski had spent years developing a “BioShock” adaptation and every piece of footage […] »
- Brad Miska
In addition to fake news, “A Cure for Wellness” is also being promoted via more conventional means, namely a reddit Ama with director Gore Verbinski. The helmer, formerly of “The Ring” and “Pirates of the Caribbean,” fielded questions about the inspiration for his strange new thriller, whether “Rango” will ever receive a sequel and whatever happened to his “Bioshock” adaptation (spoiler alert: not happening anytime soon).
Read More: ‘A Cure for Wellness’ Is Using a New Kind of Viral Marketing: Fake News
On the “Rango” sequel:
“I don’t think so. I think that we put everything we possibly could into ‘Rango’ and I guess you never say never, but I would like to go back into animation again. But try something completely different.”
On his movie based on “Bioshock,” a popular video game:
“Well it’s no short answer to that question but we were eight weeks prior shooting when the plug was pulled. »
- Michael Nordine
After easily conquering highly-anticipated sequels Fifty Shades Darker and John Wick 2, Lego Batman Movie has its sights set on three more newcomers hitting theaters this weekend, to retain its box office crown. The animated spin-off will go up against Universal's big budget action epic The Great Wall, starring Matt Damon, Warner Bros.' comedy Fist Fight starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day and 20th Century Fox's A Cure For Wellness starring Dane DeHaan. We're predicting that, at least for this weekend, The Lego Batman Movie finds a way to stay on top at the box office, with a projected $29.6 million.
One reason that The Lego Batman Movie will likely stay on top is because it will still be playing in hundreds of more theaters than any of these newcomers. The Lego Batman Movie debuted in 4,088 theaters last weekend, a number that will likely remain unchanged this Friday, with Box Office »
Stars: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Vincent D’Onofrio, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan, Chuck David Willis, Patrick R. Walker, Zach Roerig. Laura Wiggins, Lizzie Brocheré, Randall Taylor | Written by David Loucks, Jacob Estes, Akiva Goldsman | Directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez
First you watch it, then you die. Except in this case, it’s been a good ten years since vengeful VHS spirit Samara last got to kill anyone, her career floundering to a halt after the dull and unsuccessful The Ring 2. No-one did watch, and so Samara pretty much died with it.
You can’t keep a good horror icon down though, and America’s version of Sadako returns in Rings, bringing with her a remake of her own movie. It’s the new version of her haunted videotape which drives this belated sequel, sending doomed young romantic Skye on a quest to Samara’s hometown, »
- Joel Harley
The last time Gore Verbinski messed around in the horror genre, it was in 2002 with The Ring. Now, almost 14 years later, he’s returning to scaring the bejesus out of audiences with A Cure for Wellness, and if this trio of incredibly unsettling clips is anything to go by, it will avery welcome return. Released: 17th February (U.S.)/ 24th February (Irl/U.K.) Synopsis: 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 but soon suspects that the spa's miraculous treatments are not what they seem. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
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.
If you distill Cure down to its basic elements, though, it’d be safe to say it feels like if Hammer Films did their own version of Shutter Island, but really, that only accounts for about 30% of what Verbinski achieves here. The bottom line is, »
- Heather Wixson
Director Gore Verbinski has spent a long time making very expensive studio blockbusters, including three Pirates of the Caribbean movies and the disastrous reboot of The Lone Ranger. However, he did direct the most successful horror remake of all-time with The Ring and it is easy to forget that this man knows how to tackle a genre flick. With A Cure for Wellness, he is once again let loose on the horror/thriller genre and for better or for worse, he seemed to be totally unconstrained. This has resulted in an absolutely crazy, unhinged, unsettling and surely divisive movie. It is probably the most off-the-rails crazy, mainstream studio movie audiences are going to have the chance to see all year.
20th Century Fox's latest centers on an ambitious young finance executive who is sent to bring back his company's CEO from a very mysterious and remote "wellness center" in the Swiss Alps. »
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