Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Month Of Scares - Stoker

stoker dvd
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Dir. Chan-Wook Park (2013), Cert. 18 | Find it on Amazon

India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) doesn’t have the best life. She has no friends, is teased at school and has a rocky relationship with her mother (Nicole Kidman). When her beloved father (Dermot Mulroney) is killed in a car accident on her 18th birthday, and a mysterious Uncle (Matthew Goode) she never knew existed comes to live with her and her mother, the life of this troubled teenager changes forever. Soon India learns that Uncle Charlie is hiding a sinister side which unfolds throughout the film.

Although more of a psychological thriller than a horror, the film has a particularly eerie feel thanks to the distinguished style of Asian director Chan-Wook Park. Stoker is the first English language film from this popular director who brings an extra creepiness to this already dark story. The script was written by Prison Break star Wentworth Miller and is a promising debut screenplay although at times is a little overshadowed by the distinctive direction and beautiful cinematography.

This unique and dark tale of family secrets with convincing performances all round, particularly from Wasikowska, is definitely one to pick up if you want to opt for stylish thriller rather than teen slasher this Halloween.

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