Movies on the Big Screen as They Were Meant To Be Seen.
A CURE FOR WELLNESS
20th Century Fox,
Dir: Gore Verbinski
In this psychological thriller from director Gore Verbinski (THE RING), the ambitious Mr. Lockhart (Dane DeHaan) is dispatched to a "wellness center" in the Swiss Alps to retrieve his company's CEO, only to discover that the spa's miraculous treatments are not what they seem. As he begins to unravel the center’s terrifying secrets, Lockhart’s sanity is tested when he is diagnosed with the same strange illness that holds all the other guests in thrall. Costarring Jason Isaacs and Mia Goth.
After the success of Dario Argento's THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, a plethora of copycat black-gloved maniacs cropped up to cash in. Most paled in comparison, but Sergio Martino's WARDH is one of the few that managed to take the formula and cook up something interesting. The newly married Julie Wardh (played by the luscious and mesmerizing Edwige Fenech) has become the object of affection to two other men - sadistic former lover Jean (THE MAN FROM DEEP RIVER’s Ivan Rassimov) and George (Martino regular George Hilton). Unfortunately for Julie, one of the three men in her life is also a straight razor-wielding killer. As the bodies and red herrings pile up, Julie must figure out who truly loves her and who wants to slice her to pieces. (Also known as BLADE OF THE RIPPER and THE NEXT VICTIM!).
After the death of his redheaded wife, Evelyn, an English lord succumbs to a mental breakdown. Instead of drinking away his sorrows, he scours the countryside looking for doppelgängers of his lost lover. Taking them back to his decaying castle, he seduces them, but when they don't live up to the standards of Evelyn, he tortures and murders the women. Mixing Edgar Allan Poe-inspired Gothic horror with the Italian gialli, THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE is a full-on perverse descent into madness and redhead fetishism.