IN TOO DEEP
Getting healthy has never been more dangerous than in Gore Verbinski’s mysterious horror
“DANE PUT UP with a lot on this film,” confesses director Gore Verbinski of his A Cure For
Wellness star. Sure enough, early footage of the psychological horror shows its protagonist, Dane Dehaan’s cocky Wall Street gun, submerged, doused and generally over-hydrated as he endures the “false escape” of a mysterious Alpine sanatorium. There, he’ll find the spa’s woozy ambience much more hypnotic than he bargained for, even before its darkest secrets emerge.
A contemporary Gothic that promises blind corners, curveballs and old-fashioned spooks, it sees the Pirates Of The Caribbean veteran swap summer tentpoles for more wintry chills. It’s a return to the genre roots that saw him remake The
Ring, and it’ll drill deep into the zeitgeist. “I’m hoping to tap into this sickness we all feel,” he explains. “Society is going through an existential crisis and in many ways we’re ripe for diagnosis, but what if the cure was worse than the disease?”
Judging by his movie’s first trailer, an attention-snatching entrée into its portrait handsome but deeply creepy world, it could fulfil Verbinski’s high hopes for it. “I’d love to do for a trip to the spa what Jaws did to a day at the beach,” he says, half serious. Thought it was safe to go back in the waters? Think again.