Cure is another vastly underseen gem that has luckily had a bit of a resurgence lately, due mainly to the Criterion Collection 4K Remaster. If you’re lucky, it’s currently making the rounds at a few art house theaters this October. If not, there are other ways to track it down. Regardless, you know that if it was chosen for the Criterion Collection, you can pretty much be assured of its quality, let alone its absolute terror and dread. Here is the brief imdb synopsis:
A frustrated detective deals with the case of several gruesome murders committed by people who have no recollection of what they’ve done.
To me, Cure is pure nightmare fuel. It’s gruesome, sure, and there are some gore sequences that are absolutely appalling. But that’s not even close to what makes it so haunting. It’s the psychological darkness it wallows in that is far more terrifying. It’s difficult to talk about this movie without spoilers, since figuring it all out is part of the experience. But just know that it’s going to keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat most of the movie. And you should also know that it will not spoon feed you all your answers. It respects the viewer enough to figure out a lot of the specifics themselves. Which only adds to the overall dread, because as we all know, sometimes the less you know, the more terrifying something is. What’s more disturbing than the horror of the unknown? Cure was directed by the prolific director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who also directed the fantastic movie Pulse (amongst countless others.) He’s no slouch and this movie is a showcase of his talents. The music, the atmosphere, the ambiance, everything is on point. The writing is exquisite, specifically the helplessness of the main character matched against the helplessness of the involuntary killers is a masterpiece of nuance. For those truly wanting to be disturbed, look no further. Cure is incredible.
*NOTE: When looking for this movie it is the only one simply titled, “Cure”. There is no “The” before it. There are many other movies titled “The Cure”. Those are not the right films. Simply find “Cure.”
Where to Watch: Streaming on the Criterion Channel.
Food/Drink Pairing: A large glass of water… just don’t spill it.