Not the way I wanted to kick off my favorite season of the year. Despite the low expectations of a quarantined October, The Prodigy made me feel even worse. Alas, I am excited to be released from my chains yet again to bring you horror movie madness all month long with 2020’s incarnation of the MASSACRE MARATHON!!!
The past two years I’ve held onto my marathon results, waiting for the perfect time to unleash my opinions into the putrid air of this hellscape we call home. Well, I no longer prolong…err…! Each night I will be bringing forth, in addition to the main feature, not one but TWO bonus reviews from the not so distant past. These extra musings will most likely only be snippets due to time constraints, but in the future I plan on giving the love and attention deserved to those films that are lucky enough to be rewatched.
A Cure for Wellness is a 2017 psychological horror film by Gore Verbinski set in a rehabilitation retreat perched up in the Swiss Alps. It stars Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Place Beyond the Pines) as Lockhart, a businessman tasked with retrieving the missing CEO of his company. The last trace of his employer leads him to the wellness spa in the mountains where he meets the peculiar Dr. Volmer, played by Jason Isaacs (The Patriot, Peter Pan). Immediately Lockhart is stonewalled by the doctor and his staff when he insists on seeing his lost boss. After an accident prolongs Lockhart’s stay at the spa he befriends an odd girl who has been there her entire life and becomes determined to crack through the retreat’s glossy veneer.
The time has finally come. The distractions are gone. Well, not completely gone but the voices in my head have dissipated down to a soft murmur. At last, I can kick this party off! And what better film to do it with than the new horror heavy hitter IT!
Stephen King has sure hit the jackpot of exposure recently. Not that he has never been popular before, but the 70 year old writer is currently smack dab in the middle of what is possibly one of the biggest pop cultural resurgences someone in his field has ever experienced. There has always been a somewhat steady stream of book-to-film adaptions flowing throughout his career but this sudden whirlwind of new content is crazy! I feel like I’m in a Stephen King frenzy, frothing from my mouth! He has projects stacked on projects overlapping so thoroughly that I don’t even have time to come up for air!
OK. It’s time to calm down a bit. They are all looking at me. I better reel it back in and do what I came here to do. Let’s begin.