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You Need to See ‘A Cure For Wellness’ in Theaters Right Now!

A Cure for Wellness

Something very strange happened last Friday: 20th Century Fox, a major Hollywood studio, released an R-rated, slow-burn horror film in the tradition of late 1960s and early 1970s horror films like Rosemary’s Baby and The Shining. That film also happens to have a 146-minute runtime, a $40 million production budget and a high-profile director at the helm. That film is Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness. Needless to say, the fact that this film was even made, much less given a wide release, is surprising. This isn’t the type of film that audiences usually go out in droves to see. Unfortunately, no one did rush out to see the film, making it the first big horror flop of 2017.

Expectations were not incredibly high for A Cure for Wellness going into the weekend, with estimates predicting that the film would make anywhere from $6-$8 million over the three-day weekend. Those estimates proved to be rather generous, as A Cure for Wellness grossed a meager $4.3 million domestically in the number 10 slot its opening weekend. That is just over 10% its production budget. Needless to say, it doesn’t look like A Cure for Wellness will turn any sort of profit, especially once marketing costs are factored in.

Knowing all of this, it is with the utmost humility that I implore you to go to your local movie theater this weekend and see A Cure for Wellness. These words of mine may confuse some of you. After all, I did give it a middling 2.5/5 score last week. What gives? I’ll tell you what gives. We need more films like A Cure for Wellness getting made (just of a better quality). I know, I thought the film was “just an okay film with some wonderful visuals,” but fans of the genre owe their support to even mediocre films. Because A Cure for Wellness will be seen as such a huge flop, it is highly unlikely that more films like it will get made any time soon. There just isn’t any profitability there.

All too often I see commenters lament the lack of a certain type of horror film in the release schedule, and when a film that fits the bill actually does get released, no one goes to see it. Of course, A Cure for Wellness is just not the type of film that modern audiences want to see anymore, but there is an audience for films like it. They just don’t like to go to the theaters anymore or waste money on a film that they may not like. I completely understand that. When you see a film that has a 40% Rotten Tomatoes score (which, let’s be honest, isn’t even that bad) and a 47 Metacritic score, you’re wary about spending money on it (though if that is the case then how do you explain the Transformers movies making so much money?). Sometimes we need to take a risk and spend money on a movie anyway.

“But Trace, don’t you get to see movies for free?” you ask. “That sort of makes you a hypocrite.” Sometimes I do. Sometimes I don’t. Every now and then I’ll catch a press screening here in Austin, TX, but that isn’t always the case (for example, I paid $22 to see Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in IMAX 3D). I confess that I did see A Cure for Wellness for free, so make of that what you will, but that is also part of the reason I am writing this article. Us horror fans need to be united and support as much mainstream horror as we can, even if it’s a shitty movie (except for The Bye Bye Man….fuck that movie).

So why didn’t you go see A Cure for Wellness last weekend? Did reviews deter you? Or word of mouth? Or did it just not look appealing to you? No matter the case, I implore you to go show your support for horror and see A Cure for Wellness this weekend. It’s facing some stiff competition from Get Out (our review), which as of this writing is looking to be the best-reviewed horror film of the year, and it’s only February! But make a sacrifice and spend the money on A Cure for Wellness. I didn’t think it was great, but maybe you will. At the very least you’ll have some positive karma coming your way for supporting the genre.



  • Poopsmith McUnty

    Great visuals. Love the genre. FUCKING STUPID MOVIE IDEA, WHAT THE FUCK.

  • Munchie

    Let them make a good movie first, before I just go waste my money trying to convince them it’s a good idea to make more overlong, dull, shitty movies.

    • Brandon Burns


    • Kristin

      This. I don’t just want more horror, I want good horror. The LAST thing the horror genre needs is for us to send a message that we will go see any horror movie, even if it sucks.

      • Satanzilla

        But we will though. Many of the movies featuring “iconic” horror characters are awful.

        • HarryWarden

          Like most every Friday the 13th, a number of the Halloween movies, etc. We still love them even though they’re objectively terrible.

  • Munchie

    Also Get Out is not only the best reviewed horror movie of the year thus far, it’s the best reviewed movie, period.

    • Matt

      Best reviewed doesn’t necessarily mean anything. I’ll refer you to 1/2 to 3/4 of the films that win the Academy Award for best picture. I definitely want to see Get Out, but critical acclaim on it’s face is meaningless. How many films that you love were given terrible reviews? I suspect there are many.

      • Creepshow

        Kung-Fu Hustle…90% on RT.
        I’m really gonna have to dig here.

        • J Jett

          and ALL the RES EVIL movies!! they rule!…………..(joking). 🙂

          • Creepshow

            I guess I deserved that.

  • Blood-Sicles

    This will really hurt big budget, original R-rated horror. Saw it opening weekend- Really liked the idea, but the story was so unfocused I didn’t feel like the ending made enough sense. I will say it was never a boring watch and the classic-monster-movie ending set piece was badass (if only they spent more time setting it up properly). Worth seeing, if only to let Hollywood know they are moving in the right direction.

    • Nahuel Benvenuto

      spoiler alert douchebag

  • Cappy Tally

    The problem with Hollywood is that they always learn the wrong lessons. They won’t figure out that poor execution is a major factor. All they’ll understand is that an original idea failed.

  • Redsam6

    Damn right! I’m watching this fucker for sure, great article!

  • Creepshow

    Get Out is gonna stomp it. And then Logan will slice it next weekend. Where were these pleads for The Neon Demon (pulled from theaters after 1 week), and A Monster Calls (pulled after 2 weeks)?
    We need “A Cure For Smell-ness”.

    • HarryWarden

      Neon Demon was a plotless borefest and A Monster Calls wasn’t even a horror movie.

      • Creepshow

        Good ramble, Har. Good ramble. Now get some sleep.

  • Andrew Nelson

    So skip the universally acclaimed horror opening this weekend for a mediocre one to make a point to no one? Gotcha.

    • HarryWarden

      Go ahead and support the film that is a feature length exercise in race baiting, that’ll really result in getting the horror films you want produced…

  • Satanzilla

    I was going to go see it. Then a certain website told me it was “interminable.”

    • Kristin

      Haha, same here… That wasn’t the only review that deterred me, but it was one of the main few that did.

    • James Allard

      I don’t listen to critics. I do listen to other fans of the genre (sometimes) and go see what I want.

  • Millegeo

    I see what you are trying to do here, and while I agree with you, this is a really hard sell. You are telling us that a much better horror movie is coming out this weekend. Wouldn’t it make far more sense for us to spend our money on ‘good’ horror movies, rather than okay ones, so that studios invest in making better horror movies? I plan to see both in theatres, but have a terrible work schedule and can only go every other weekend. But when I finally go to choose, I’m probably spending my money on the better movie first.

    • Creepshow

      It nice to see that common sense still exists.

  • Travis_Bickle

    Spoiler – It sucks

  • Ocelot006 .

    If you wanted to recommend the film, you should have done that the first time.

    • James Allard


      If a film is worthy of notice, then say so. If not (RE:tfc, for example), then, again, say so.

      For the record, my definition of the last RE film was “Things hurtled past at high velocity and then came to a sudden percussive stop. If you enjoyed the others, then go. If not, then avoid.”

  • Jada Maes

    I saw it, and I enjoyed it. Doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it’s viscerally disturbing and very beautiful to look at. Works especially well on the big screen.

  • Brian VonDerahe

    Verbinski has some cool movies: The Ring, Pirates 1 and Rango come to mind. He also makes really long, beautiful and boring movies like Pirates 3 and The Lone Ranger. This movie looks boring, got poor reviews and has a rape scene, which I loathe. I want to support horror and do watch mediocre fare such as The Forrest and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, but can’t get behind this one.

    • Nahuel Benvenuto

      lol you support horror but shy away of rape scenes

      • Satanzilla

        Nothing lol-worthy there. If you think a horror fan •has• to like rape scenes, you’re an idiot.

        • J Jett

          Satanzilla well said. what Nahuel Benvenuto said is idiotic.

        • HarryWarden

          He didn’t say that but a lot of worthy horror films have rape scenes because it’s called “horror” for a reason.

      • Brian VonDerahe

        It isn’t scary to me…Just disturbing, and for whatever reason it really bothers me.

    • John Connor

      No rape in the film. Not in the sense that everyone is alluding to.

    • Rick-Taylor

      It’s not boring, if you pay attention to it. It is a beautiful film, but it is lacking in the “ADHD flashy look here” department. There is no rape scene. Sorry to spoil it for you, there are intentions of rape and it gets very close, but it doesn’t happen. This movie is a much higher grade than the Forest and Resident Evil movies.

      I, personally, give the movie a 6/10. It spends the whole movie having you guess what is really going on, but you know what the whole deal is 30 minutes into it. I am pretty damn sure that this will be one of those “cult” films that everyone will be like “This movie is so good, I wish I could see it in theaters.” I am gonna guess the DVD will have an alternate version of the film, as well.

      • Brian VonDerahe

        Thank you for filling me in. I read some negative reviews from horror websites that painted a different picture. After Lone Ranger you can understand my hesitation. Are there other movies that you could compare this one to?

        • Rick-Taylor

          It is very similar in feel to Shutter Island. I’ve seen a lot of reviews saying it is akin to The Shining, but I don’t see it. My best opinion would be to say it is like a mix between Shutter Island and Abominable Dr. Phibes.

  • Simon Allen

    It’s a terrible yawn ,….save your money and support “Get Out”
    A Cure for Wellness only punctuates the massive misunderstanding that the major studios have when it comes to horror movies and what the ticket buying public actually wants .
    It deserved to bomb to illustrate a point that all the money and talent in the world can’t save a lame idea and script .

    • Austin Young

      At least there were only, like, 2 or 3 jump scares in this, though. I’m SO DAMN TIRED of movies that use that as their only crutch… I’m looking at you, Blair Witch.

      • Simon Allen

        Blair Witch was an atrocity .

  • cduns

    Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that movies are making a faster and faster turn around to home release. Particularly in the digital format. When I see mediocre reviews, barely any outright praise, remember how much a ticket plus refreshments (2.5 hours you’ll need something), and it’s just not worth it. Not to mention it’s competing with Get Out as you mentioned at the end. It doesn’t help that the movies that flop opening weekend are even moreso rushed to digital/streaming home release even faster.

    • HarryWarden

      Yeah, rush out and see the chintzy Get Out directed by a comedy guy who doesn’t even respect horror while ignoring the film with a director who actually knows how to compose/shoot a film that looks like a real Hollywood production. That’ll teach Hollywood…

    • Austin Young

      This is both a good thing AND a bad thing I suppose. The faster it comes to DVD, the faster I can own it!

  • BloodyDisgusted

    I did see it, and I actually liked it.

  • dduuurrrr dddduuuurrrr

    Paying to see mediocrity only rewards the mediocrity.

    You’re argument is an unhelpful as saying “go see transformers if you want the return of good action movies”

    A 40% rotten tomatoes score is bad. In school that’s such a solid F that they will likely hold you back a year.

    • AQueryan

      Pretty ironic that YOUR “argument” proves even LESS helpful.

      It’s utterly assinine to try to make the case that a movie receiving a 40% positive approval rate by an aggregate of reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes is comparable to a student receiving a 40% score on an exam. The very fact that you would even attempt to conflate the two, robs you of any credibilty whatsoever and consequently renders your opinion on the matter being discussed (A Cure For Wellness’s cinematic validity) entirely moot.

      A Cure for Wellness cannot credibly be labeled as being “mediocre” by any bona fide horror film aficionado. It was an unexpected treat, offering a refreshing return to slow-burn, mood-intensive, adult-aimed horror. The fact that in 2017 we were able to bear witness to a big-budget studio epic that wasn’t primarily concerned with merely replicating a safe formula calculated to yield maximum box-office return and instead actually reflected a director’s distinctive, non-commercial vision is something of a minor miracle.

      If the cost of Verbinski securing funding for a big-budget, non-commercial, bug shlt crazy passion project the likes of A Cure for Wellness is having to churn out a slew of commerce-driven Pirates of the Caribbean flicks beforehand, well… so be it. The end in this case justified the means.

  • zombie84_41

    Fuck it if doesn’t make a shit ton of money, or if it did terrible. I’m glad it did. Because doing good means making another film these days. And we don’t need another film. This is the perfect underdog underated film of 2017. Highly creepy, huge mind fuck, insane visuals, disturbing, quite possibly the best horror movie in the last 20yrs. This is what horror is about. I’m so glad it was made, and yes alot of people will hate it, that includes people who are huge buffs prob too. But I love movies like this. It reminded me of some cult flick mix with soyent green. Fantastic movie. This and get out are the years best thus far. I hope 2017 can continue to turn out amazing horror.

    So yes go out watch this movie support this movie for horror, for true horror, and different horror, not for some shit remakes, or sequels.

    • Austin Young

      Agreed. This was the best horror movie I’ve seen in a LONG time.

      • zombie84_41

        seriously. This and get out are amazing

  • Im afraid I will be making Get Out my priority (seeing it tonight actually), but I think Trace has a point too. It’s rare for horror films in this budget range, aimed at adults, to get made. Between the BO for this and Crimson Peak, studios will surely be hesitant to pull the trigger on more.

    • Creepshow

      No need to be afraid ZP.
      “Get Out” there, and see “Get Out”.

      • J Jett

        i see what you did there, Creepshow. 🙂

        hey, that could be the next I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER sequel. I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE….CREEPSHOW. 🙂

        • Creepshow

          Sounds horrendous. (and it should be)

        • Sounds like a strange hybrid of ILWYDLS and Creepshow, would definitely go to see that haha

      • I did, and it was amazing. Have you had a chance to see it yet?

        • Creepshow

          Just got back. Great stuff!

  • HarryWarden

    Saw this last weekend and found it brilliant. It really is a mindtrip, creepy, and exceedingly gorgeous to look at. It also goes places Hollywood films usually don’t towards the end.

    I get really tired of the el cheapo crap from BlumHouse always being a hit because that just further encourages Hollywood not to spend any money on horror. Get Out being the latest example of a chintzy horror production (4.5M budget). Screw such movies. I’d rather our genre get the respect afforded when Hollywood spends real money on a production (like Wellness, Crimson Peak, and Verbinski’s The Ring remake).

    • Simon Allen

      Crimson Peak …..UGH .

  • John Connor

    Wonderful film. Stupid people won’t understand it. Explains the low box office and negative reviews.

    • dsxy

      It was made for stupid people as it was predictable as fuck.

      • John Connor

        ^^^ Did not get it.

  • Joe Sanchez

    Awesome movie! I have seen it twice and do not regret, don’t pay attention to critiques and make your own, this movie deserves a watch!

  • James Allard

    Saw this last night, and was rather surprised at it. Yes, it runs for about a month but does not feel like it. It is flawed but in ways that the stunning beauty of it pushes them aside. It is like a Polanski film, and like Kubrick’s take on The Shining, is more disturbing than terrifying. It deserves more attention than it has gotten.

    The bollocks above “…fans of the genre owe their support to even mediocre films…” needs to be called out. No. We are handed more than enough that is mediocre, third rate and embarrassing. While I can relish a train wreck like Slither (which I adored at the cinema and several more times at home), mediocre films deserve nothing, not my time, not my patience and definitely not my money.

    Slither may not be everyone’s pleasure, nor even Cure For Wellness, but they are not boring, they assume the audience knows what is happening on the screen, and the people involved pursue what they see as their ultimate goal with a visible and enduring passion.

  • dsxy

    Beautiful film but overrated and extremely predictable. With more mystery it could have been fantastic.

  • Blood Boil

    Buried under poor pacing, too many “endings” and a terrible script, there is a brilliant and visually stunning movie.

  • Evan3

    I didn’t see this for the same reason I don’t see anything in theaters anymore, I got two little kids at home.

    But I have to emphatically disagree with you Trace. Horror is one of the genres overflowing with crappy and derivative movies (I believe only the rom-com genre has more duds than horror). As horror fans, we should reject things such as “A Cure” and demand quality horror film, regardless of budget.

    Let’s be honest anyways, the only reason this was made for such a big budget was Gore Verbinski. The only horror studios take a chance on are auteur-driven (think of the budgets for this, Drag Me to Hell, Cabin in the Woods and Paul W. S. Anderson films) or franchises (think Rings, Godzilla, Blair Witch). Let’s be honest, if James Wan turns around post-Aquaman and says he wants a $40 mil budget for a horror film, he’ll get it regardless of this. Stuff like Drag me to Hell, Cabin in the Woods, and the Conjuring films were all big budget (for horror) offbeat horror films that did well financially and critically and they didn’t lead to any more.

    I think we stand against “A Cure” because this vanity project took the place of something more deserving like, say, Raw or The Autopsy of Jane Doe. I’d far prefer they get the distribution and marketing than a well-intentioned but bloated mess.

  • Mehki_Girl

    I wanted to see it this past weekend, but should have because I’m not getting a chance this weekend. Well I should have because every theater in my area dropped it and I could have seen Get Out this Saturday. Another great horror film and not the usual trope. Now I have to wait for Netflix. I like slow burns. So sorry I missed it.

  • Kimmie McCullough

    I wanted to watch this movie just based on the weird website. But it came to theaters for all of two days. And now I can’t find it anywhere online. … putlocker why did you fail me

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