Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Trailer for Gore Verbinski's 'A Cure for Wellness' is beautiful, bizarre, and terrifying

Gore Verbinski may have recently been sucked into the Disney machine, but the director didn't start his career with the Mouse House. Verbinski began his career with the family comedy Mousehunt, Brad Pitt vehicle The Mexican, and The Ring, which later became a cult horror classic. His career changed in 2003 with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, the first installment in the epic franchise that quickly became a cash cow for Disney and Johnny Depp. The Pirates series has quickly become synonymous with Hollywood "sequelitis" and excess, which makes it easy to forget how great Curse of the Black Pearl is. Verbinski's follow-up efforts, Dead Man's Chest and At World's End, had their own unique virtues, but none managed to top the simple swashbuckling charms of that original film. Verbinski has had opportunities to stretch his imagination outside of the Pirates series with The Weather Man and Rango, but in 2013, he was brought back into the world of Johnny Depp for The Lone Ranger. The infamous fiasco was both a box office flop and critical failure, and oddly enough, Verbinski has not made a film since. However, that will change next year when the director returns with A Cure for Wellness, a mysterious new horror film. Check out the first trailer below!

I had no idea that A Cure for Wellness existed before late last week, but damn, this looks absolutely spectacular. There seems to be a hesitation in Hollywood towards big-budget horror films, and each year, I continue to hope that that might change. I have no idea what the budget is for A Cure for Wellness or if it'll change any long-standing Tinseltown trends, but it sure does look like a beautiful ride. This sorta looks like Shutter Island meets The Shining, and from this trailer, it's abundantly clear that Verbinski's influences are coming from a wide range of horror movies (there's a fun shot that looks like a homage to George Romero's Dawn of the Dead.) I love the cerebral nature of this trailer, and the concept that seems like a hodgepodge of Kubrick and Wes Anderson. Verbinski's latest is definitely giving off a horror vibe, but it looks so gorgeous and meticulous that I'm not even certain what to expect. We really haven't seen a horror film like this in a long time (maybe since Scott's Prometheus?), and the mystery surrounding this film will be fun to dissect. There's just so much to adore in this trailer, although I must say that it's a bit hilarious that it blends two of the most well-worn trailer tropes in recent memory- loud Inception "Braaaaaahms" and slowed down pop songs in a creepy voice. Nonetheless, I can't wait for A Cure to Wellness. This looks exceptional in just about every way.

A Cure for Wellness opens in theaters on February 17, 2017.

Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox

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