From hospitals to dentist's offices to mental asylums, medical locations have long been a popular setting for some of the scariest horror films out there. It makes perfect sense when one thinks about it, as unless one works there, the chances of being at any of those establishments for a positive reason are fairly small. Also, medical problems remind people of both their own inevitable mortality and the fact that as one ages, one's own body can no longer be relied upon to perform correctly.
The new psychological horror film A Cure for Wellness, appears to tread some familiar ground in the realms of medical horror, but in a setting not often employed in the sub-genre: a health spa. It's fair to say that just about everyone needs a little physical and mental rehabilitation every now and again, and health and wellness centers offer a place in which to do that while also being observed and treated by trained professionals. Or, at least that's what one hopes would happen at such a place.
A Cure for Wellness has received its first trailer, and the treatments offered by this particular spa seem anything but standard, and are probably worse than the ailments they're designed to help patients deal with. Check out the full trailer above, which promises to take viewers for a horrific journey of the mind - all while the lead character (Dane DeHaan, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) tries to survive a terrifying trip that seems all too real.
One of the most interesting aspects of A Cure for Wellness actually has nothing to do with its mind-bending plot, as the film represents the long-awaited return to horror of director Gore Verbinski. Probably most famous for directing the original Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy starring Johnny Depp as the iconic Captain Jack Sparrow, Verbinski arguably made his first big mark in Hollywood directing 2002's The Ring, starring Naomi Watts. A remake of the Japanese film Ringu, The Ring was a huge hit with both critics and audiences, and is generally regarded as one of the most genuinely creepy films of the 2000s.
In addition to DeHaan - who plays a young executive sent to retrieve his boss from the aforementioned sinister wellness center - other cast members include Mia Goth (Everest), Adrian Schiller (The Danish Girl), Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones's Baby), and Harry Potter franchise veteran Jason Isaacs. An American/German co-production, A Cure for Wellness was actually filmed almost entirely in Germany. Here's hoping Verbinski still possesses the ability to get under viewers' skins that he demonstrated with The Ring.
A Cure for Wellness arrives in U.S. theaters on February 17, 2017.
Source: 20th Century Fox