Gore Verbinski, who directed The Ring and Pirates of the Caribbean, is returning to horror with his A Cure For Wellness, in theaters February 17, 2017.
While Fox has already released a slew of trailers, this is the first to carry heavy dialogue and a sense of what the film is truly about.
The magnificent Dane DeHaan, known for Chronicle and The Amazing Spider-Man, stars as an employee who has been sent to rescue his boss from a European “wellness spa.” His boss appears to be played by another outstanding actor, Jason Isaacs, who ironically plays a similar role in Netflix’s new series “The Oa”.
While the last trailer channeled Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange and Eyes Wide Shut, as well as David Cronenberg’s earlier works such as Shivers, Rabid, The Brood and even eXistenZ, this new footage really delivers on scope, looking much like the “BioShock” videogame adaptation Verbinski had spent years developing. Carrying a heavy ’90s vibe (like Dark City), there’s Lovecraftian overtones all over the place with breathtaking set and costume design. If trailer moments give you an idea of if a film is good or not, it’s hard to not think that A Cure For Wellness is going to kick off 2017 with fireworks.
Here’s the official 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.
Oh, and here’s a brand new poster and images to go along with the above trailer: