The Cured – Ireland, 2017

‘The cure is just the beginning’

The Cured is a 2017 Irish science fiction horror film written and directed by David Freyne (making his feature debut) developed from his proof of concept short The Third Wave. It stars Ellen Page, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, and Sam Keeley.

A devastating virus has transformed the infected into zombie-like monsters.

In the aftermath, mankind is struggling to rebuild societies deeply divided between the uninfected and those who did succumb to the virus and are still haunted by their violent actions.

In the backdrop, the rise of a terrorist movement threatens to plunge the world into chaos again…

The Cured is released in UK cinemas on 11 May 2018 and then on Digital platforms on May 14th.


” …scares are accompanied by the typical horror musical cues (a little too familiar) and anticipate the third act of the film, when political ambitions are exhausted and exchanged for a fairly rote zombie film with the usual requisite chases and bloodletting. Alas by the time a few predictable double crosses cause the streets to run with blood, the film has overstayed its welcome and many viewers will have already lost interest in the outcome.” Joe Lipsett, Bloody Disgusting

“Although it could have become just another exercise in post-apocalyptic zombie horror, this Irish thriller instead provides a suspenseful and morally complex examination of sociopolitical division and public paranoia.” Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue

“While we do get some nice moments of emotional complexity, the problem with the film’s humanistic approach is that it’s just not all that intriguing. Reading a synopsis or a review would likely pique one’s interest, as it did mine. But when you watch the film itself, you realize that it’s pretty much exactly what you had expected. It doesn’t really bring anything new to the table after that.” Keith Goulette, Nightmare on Film Street

Main cast:

  • Ellen Page (FlatlinersHard Candy; I Downloaded a Ghost)
  • Tom Vaughan-Lawlor
  • Sam Keeley (Monsters: Dark Continent)
  • Stuart Graham
  • Amy De Bhrún
  • Patrick Murphy
  • Frank Cannon
  • Peter Campion
  • Chelsea Debo
  • Dez McMahon
  • Natalia Kostrzewa
  • Tj O’Grady Peyton
  • Lesley Conroy
  • Tadhg Devery
  • Alan Moriarty

Filming locations:

Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland


The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

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