Certificate 18, 98 minutes
Director: Chan-wook Park
Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode
Stoker is a psychological horror thriller about eighteen year old India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska, Crimson Peak) who, shortly after the death of her father, Richard (Dermot Mulroney), meets her father's younger brother, Charlie (Matthew Goode, The Imitation Game) - an uncle she did not even know she had. After her father's funeral her mother Evelyn (Nicole Kidman, Before I Go to Sleep, Paddington) invites Uncle Charlie to move in with them, for a time at least. Uncle Charlie stays a lot longer than originally planned and it appears he has disturbing intentions towards India as he isn't exactly treating her like a niece some years his junior, and often appears somewhat obsessed with her. Evelyn also appears to Charlie, as he reminds her of her husband Richard when he was younger.
The large house which India and her mother live in appears rather old fashioned and dated, as does her clothing, which gives the impression that, at least to start with, Stoker is actually set several decades ago, although the film is in fact set in the present day. This may be a deliberate touch as this adds a certain atmosphere to the film. Stoker is often disturbing and definitely not a family friendly film. There are a number of scenes that are unsettling or sexual - sometimes both at the same time - and the 18 certificate is likely not so much for gore or violence, even though there is some of both in Stoker, but rather for the themes covered in the film and scenes such as the ones mentioned earlier. This is a more old fashioned type of horror film rather than the more modern splatter fests or supernatural horror films. It should be noted that the film is not about vampires, even though it was influenced by Bram Stoker's Dracula. Stoker has been compared to the work of Alfred Hitchcock, and Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt influenced the film, and is worth a watch for being a more thoughtful type of film.