It might seem surprising to hear that someone has managed to find a new take on the zombie genre, but David Freyne has done exactly that with his latest film, The Cured. Produced by and starring Ellen Page, the Irish movie looks beyond the classic gore and mayhem of a zombie invasion to the aftermath – and not apocalyptic one either.
The Cured envisions a world in which medical experts have succeeded in finding a cure and are in the process of reintegrating former zombies back into society.
The plot revolves around Page’s Abbie who takes in her ex-zombie brother-in-law Seanan, played by Sam Keeley, and their struggle to live a normal life in a scared and depleted culture. The official synopsis asks, “is society ready to forgive him and those like him? Or will fear and prejudice once again tear the world apart?”
The film was first screened on 9th September 2017 at the Toronto International Film Festival and has since been shown in the USA, UK, Sweden and Italy. It is due to be officially released in cinemas and On Demand on February 23rd 2018.
Ahead of a broader release, the first official trailer has just been dropped, offering a tantalising glimpse of what horror fans can expect from this all new take on the zombie genre.
The trailer captures the tension and drama in the film, showing the emotional impact of the suffering that Abbie and Seanan have gone through and the discrimination they face afterwards.
The Cured is already being described as a singularly human zombie movie, with powerful themes of redemption, guilt and forgiveness. Or not.