A Cure for Wellness (2016 film)
A Cure For Wellness (2016), AKA A Cure for Life
"The is a sickness inside us..." 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, but soon suspects that the spa's treatments are not what they seem.
- Release Date: 2016
- Country/Language: US/German, English and German
- Genres/Technical: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Art/Experimental(?)
- Setting: Modern Switzerland
- Runtime: 2 hr 26 min
- Starring: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth
- Director: Gore Verbinski
- Writer: Justin Haythe (screenplay), Justin Haythe (story)
- Producer/Production Co: Regency Enterprises, New Regency Productions, Blind Wink Productions
- View Trailer: (link)
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- IMDB Page: (link)
- Rated: R (Violence, Profanity, Adult Content, Sexual Situations, and violent sexual content)
A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
- S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)
Appears to be another of those ambitious art/experimental horror films with bizarre, surreal, hallucinatory imagery and a really weird "eldritch location" for a setting.
Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.
- Harry Knowles at Ain't It Cool, (link) - "On the comment card the studio had me fill out, I said, it felt like an American Korean Thriller. There’s a crossover of ick that’s unshakable for me...."
- Laura Clifford at Reeling Reviews, (C+) (link) - "For a considerable amount of its almost two and a half hour running time, I was beginning to believe... some kind of filmmaking epiphany. Everything about A Cure for Wellness was intriguing, from its suggestion of an exploration into how greed and ambition warp men's souls to its startling cinematography... sound and production design/art direction.... Then the climax arrives and the whole thing collapses into schlocky Gothic horror..., the film's themes condensed into the most generic platitude. It's like opening a Tiffany box and finding a piece of paste jewelry."
- James Pemberton at UK Horror Scene, (6/10) (link) - "...Though as much as production values and decent entertaining performances are its saving graces, the film lacks strong pacing throughout... could do with at least 30 minutes taken out.... The factor of predictability also kicks in towards the films final third which will make its audience, if they’re wise enough, realise where the film is heading towards..."
- Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review, (2/5 Stars) (link) - "I found A Cure for Wellness well-made but frustrating. ... . In the end, despite the impressive budget that has been thrown at it and Gore Verbinski’s undeniable style, A Cure for Wellness is no more than a 1940s B-budget mad scientist film... There you cannot help but think the 1940s counterpart (most of which had runtimes of around 70 minutes) would have gotten through everything in half the amount of time this does."
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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, but soon suspects that the spa's treatments are not what they seem.
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Associated Mythos Elements
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- fiction: perhaps compare to Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Doctor Heidegger's Experiment"?