The acclaimed director of 2003’s Old Boy, Park Chan Wook, is gearing up to play us all with his brand new psychological horror thriller Stoker. The Dracula inspired film stars Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode in a cinematic event that brings the east and west together with a twist.
Has you seen the trailer yet?
Well, now you have and you will notice that it contains elements of the tell tale signs that make the perfect Korean psychological thriller. Knowing that it is directed by Old Boy’s Park Chan Wook and written by Prison Break’s actor Wentworth Miller, it leads us to believe that Stoker will be one of THE films of 2013.
The plot? Well, after India Stoker’s (Mia Wasikowska) father dies her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), who she didn’t know existed, appears on the scene and comes to live with her and her unstable mother, Evelyn Stoker (Nicole Kidman). This sets the scene for a movie that spirals out of control and follows India’s suspicions that Charlie has ulterior motives, leading her to become infatuated with him and his mysterious character.
Evelyn Stoker played by Nicole Kidman
India Stoker played by Mia Wasikowska
Even though there is no actually vampiric theme here, writer Wentworth Miller reassures us that this is a horror and one that brings the world of American and Korean cinema together to amazing effect. The trailer hints at this, showing us a vast stark house as the setting, cold tinted film, the use of insects to awaken childhood fears and the all-important strength of the characters being portrayed by the actors. The words that are snarled by Nicole are enough to chill anyone’s blood saying, ‘Personally speaking, I can’t wait to watch life tear you apart’. Enough to make us keep the light on at night, and this is just an exchange of dialogue between daughter and mother. Imagine what the rest of the film has in store.
Director Park Chan Wook
They is no guessing where the strong element of Korean cinema comes from seeing as Wook is behind the camera. His action/thriller/drama Old Boy was a masterpiece of cinema and one that will stand the text of time.
A new, international trailer also got released this week, adding a stronger sense of seduction, underpinning the sense of horror that plays out.
‘She’s of age’.
Scared yet? This tale of murder, family and seduction is going to be a hot player when it comes to the awards. But, we can wait for that, we just want to see more, now!
Written by Ben Taylor