People forget that before he set sail for a trio of Pirates of the Caribbean movies over at Disney, Gore Verbinski staked his claim in the horror genre with the chilling and sparse The Ring (which is part of the reason why he was hired for the supernatural seven-seas series in the first place). Well, Verbinski is returning to the genre in grand fashion with next year's anticipated A Cure for Wellness, which is an offbeat title for an offbeat movie that's starting to pull back its curtain and hint at its scares. An international, South Korean trailer for Fox's thriller hit the Web, and it's worth checking out. More on A Cure for Wellness after the vid:
Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes? Using music, chanting, and an ominous shot of a disturbing bath tub, this teaser for A Cure for Wellness does a fantastic job of setting the gothic tone of the new movie, which stars Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth, and Jason Isaacs. After going up and over the lip of the bath, to reveal the disturbing replacement for water, the trailer devolves into a montage of imagery that -- if you freeze frame at the right time -- may give you nightmares. Especially if you have a teeth issue. Teeth. Why did it have to be teeth?!
We were lucky enough to recently attend a 20th Century Fox event in New York City where the first 30 to 40 minutes of Gore Verbinski's A Cure for Wellness screened. And while we're not yet able to get into specifics about what was shown, we can confirm what this trailer suggests -- that Dane DeHaan's character is going to endure some mental and physical trials at the hands of some demented physicians in this movie. The thing that helps A Cure for Wellness stand out is that it's NOT based on an existing property. There's no comic tie-in, no pre-existing source material from which Gore Verbinski and his team was pulling. Because of that, what we watched was wildly unpredictable, and unsettling... in the best way possible.
We'll get into the details for Gore Verbinski's A Cure For Wellness as we get closer to its release. The movie will be everywhere on February 17.