‘Stoker’ Trailer Keeps It In The Family
by Ben Bussey
If anyone was concerned that going to Hollywood would in any way neuter Park Chan-Wook, this trailer should go some way to easing those concerns. On this evidence, his English-language debut Stoker looks to be every bit as cheery, upbeat and optimistic as the Vengeance trilogy and Thirst. Which is to say…
I’m sure I’m not alone in saying I’ve always found Nicole Kidman a bit artificial, but she’s never better than when that artifice is utilised to just barely conceal a heart of pure evil. That was certainly the case in what I consider her best work, To Die For, and it most definitely looks to be the case here. Those opening lines to her daughter – tell me they don’t give you the chills. And there certainly looks to be as much diabolic potential from Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode.
Early speculation that this was to be a vampire film looks to have been pure fan speculation (though you do have to wonder why a title/character name with obvious vampiric connections), but it seems we can expect something plenty horrific and nightmarish nonetheless. Official synopsis:
“India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) was not prepared to lose her father and best friend Richard (Dermot Mulroney) in a tragic auto accident. The solitude of her woodsy family estate, the peace of her tranquil town, and the unspoken somberness of her home life are suddenly upended by not only this mysterious accident, but by the sudden arrival of her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), whom she never knew existed. When Charlie moves in with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evie (Nicole Kidman), India thinks the void left by her father’s death is finally being filled by his closet bloodline. Soon after his arrival, India comes to suspect that this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives. Yet instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless young woman becomes increasingly infatuated with him.”
Stoker is out on both sides of the pond on 1st March 2013, from Fox Searchlight.