The Cured Blu Ray Review (Scream Factory/IFC Midnight)
The Cured is a 2017 horror film written & directed by David Freyne (The First Wave, The Tree, Handheld Horror: Take 6, & Passing). What happens when the Undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a virus that turns the infected into zombie-like cannibals, a cure is at last found & the wrenching process of reintegrating the survivors back into society begins. Among the formerly afflicted is Senan (played by: Sam Keeley from Anthropoid, Burnt, This Must Be the Place, & In the Heart of the Sea), a young man haunted by the horrific acts he committed while infected. Welcomed back into the family of his widowed sister-in-law Abbie (played by: Ellen Page from Hard Candy, Inception, Juno, & X-Men franchise), Senan attempts to restart his life but is society ready to forgive him and those like him? Or will fear and prejudice once again tear the world apart? Conor (played by: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor from The Infiltrator, Peaky Blinders, The Secret Agent, & Love/Hate) is struggling with this change also. Dr. Lyons (played by: Paula Malcomson from Tombstone, The Green Mile, Deadwood, Ray Donovan, & Sons of Anarchy) is desperate to fix everything & save what she can! These troubled times have got worse for the ones still around. Can they achieve redemption? or Will the guilt haunt their minds forever?
It has been done a few times before but not much so The Cured is a very unique take on the zombie genre. Personally, I haven’t really seen anything like it for the sub genre so it was refreshing to experience something like this in a tired & cliche horror subject. The Walking Dead has kinda hurt the zombie wave & made it too popular to the point it’s become a spoof. As a matter of fact, it’s commonly combined with romantic comedies these days for features. That right there should tell you something about it. I appreciate that The Cured starts out where most post apocalyptic or Undead material usually ends. It explores deeper into humans dealing with a virus that completely changed their lives. They are battling with their disturbed past & trying to move on from it. The script is really good & well written for this independent production. It’s probably why it has such a quality cast also. Don’t go into this expecting some mindless zombie action flick because it’s much more than that. It’s more psychological than physical for the first hour but it does have flashes of violence spread across it to keep your appetite ready until it gets real crazy in the last 20 minutes! I am glad someone is finally doing something different with a familiar & overdone concept, highly recommended!
Let’s talk about the high definition & special features on this release from Scream Factory & IFC Films! This 1080p (2:40:1) transfer looks real sharp! It resembles like it’s more of a bigger budget production than it is. You get two different audio options for this disc either English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 or 2.0 Stereo. The track is very clean & sounds good but at the end it really has an extra boost to it! As for the special features, it’s a little light. It has a 6 minute “Behind the Scenes” featurette that has interviews with director David Freyne, actors Ellen Page, Sam Keeley, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, & Paula Malcomson . They talk about the origin of the project. They discuss their experience on the film. It’s pretty informative for it’s running time. Last not least, it has a Trailer for The Cured. Before the feature starts it also has a few more trailers from IFC. It comes with a slipcover & it has reversible artwork.