Things get strange when a young executive named Lockhart (Dane DeHaan) is sent to the Swiss Alps by the board of directors of the company he works for to rescue CEO Pembroke (Harry Groener) from a mysterious sanatorium. After being turned away by Principal Volmer (Jason Isaacs) for arriving after visiting hours, Lockhart becomes an involuntary patient after sustaining injuries in a car accident while exiting the facility.
Lockhart searches the sanatorium for Pembroke and meets a patient, Victoria (Celia Imrie), with whom he discusses the aquifer the sanatorium is built on, its supposed therapeutic properties and the castle’s dark history. He also meets an unusual young woman, Hannah (Mia Goth), who has lived at the facility for as long as she can remember, although she doesn’t do the hydrotherapy like the other patients.
Visually lush, unsettling, and anachronistic, this surreal fever dream of a movie may be director Gore Verbinski’s best work since his 2002 horror outing The Ring. The art direction is amazing and the place lulls you into a fantasy that quickly becomes scary and twisted. The discrepancy between critic and audience ratings on Metacritic suggests you might just enjoy visiting this nightmarish retreat, where you’re guaranteed a truly bizarre viewing experience.