Director: Chan-wook Park
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode
Country of Origin: UK/USA 2013
Language: English 99 mins.
'Haunting, unsettling, menacing with more than a nod to Hitchcock.'
Eighteen year old India's (Mia Wasikowska) father dies in a motor car accident and uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), who she never knew existed comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother (Nicole Kidman). Gradually she comes to suspect that this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and the insular and isolated India becomes infatuated by him.
'Stoker' is the first English language film from Chan-wook Park (Old Boy, Joint Security Area) and is a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1943 thriller, 'Shadow of a Doubt.' The result is a haunting neo-Gothic thriller - chilling, unsettling, creepy with a menacing atmosphere. It's not family smiles and laughs, it's suspicion all round and murder hangs in the air.
The lead performances are excellent and Chan-wook Park's controlled filming creates an unsettling and menacing atmosphere. Add to that Wentworth Miller's sharp script, Chung Chung-hoon's masterful cinematography and of course the large immaculate country house and we have an example of exquisite film making.