A Cure for Wellness


2017 | 146 minutes | Rated R

I’m here to tell you that—no matter how it may first appear—A Cure for Wellness is not a horror movie. Don’t get me wrong—the synopsis certainly makes it seem like one! Callow young stockbroker Lockhart (Dane DeHaan) is dispatched on an errand by his employers to a mysterious geriatric clinic in an extremely sinister Swiss castle. Said clinic is run by an unsettlingly European doctor (Jason Isaacs), who also may or may not be a Dracula. As one might expect, bad things happen. But as one might not expect, each of A Cure for Wellness’ apparently disparate components—stockbroker, old people, Dracula castle—is given equal attention. So yes, maybe there are hundreds of creepy eels lurking beneath the surface of the clinic’s pond. But there are also a lot of water-aerobics scenes.

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Film Credits
Gore Verbinski
Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth, Celia Imrie, Adrian Schiller, Harry Groener, Johannes Krisch, Magnus Krepper, Carl Lumbly, Lisa Banes, Ivo Nandi, Jason Babinsky, Eric Todd, Tomas Norström, Craig Wroe, Ashok Mandanna, Tom Flynn