Stoker (2013)
October 25, 2022 12:47 PM - Subscribe

After India's father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother. Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him. Starring Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, and Matthew Goode. Directed by Park Chan-wook.

Also starring Dermot Mulroney, Jacki Weaver, Lucas Till, Alden Ehrenreich.

Screenplay by Wentworth Miller (yes, the actor form Prison Break and Legends of Tomorrow.) Produced by Ridley Scott.

70% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Currently available for digital rental in the US on multiple outlets. JustWatch listing.
posted by DirtyOldTown (5 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I feel like not enough people saw this little movie, considering it's by Park Chan-wook and has Nicole Kidman in it.

It's like watching Park take a pass at directing a Hitchcock thriller while pretending to be Argento. Not a perfect movie, but with many superlative parts.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:54 PM on October 25, 2022 [2 favorites]

one of my favorite lines.

Evelyn Stoker: You know, I've often wondered why it is we have children in the first place. And the conclusion I've come to is... At some point in our lives we realize things are screwed up beyond repair. So we decide to start again. Wipe the slate clean. Start fresh. And then we have children. Little carbon copies we can turn to and say, "You will do what I could not. You will succeed where I have failed." Because we want someone to get it right this time. But not me... Personally speaking I can't wait to watch life tear you apart.,
posted by M Edward at 5:44 PM on October 25, 2022 [1 favorite]

This is such a good combo of Shadow of a Doubt and We Have Always Lived in the Castle (the novel, clearly) that I don't even care that this movie isn't great. It's so perfect for me.
posted by edencosmic at 5:46 PM on October 25, 2022 [1 favorite]

terrific, i thought. the bookend first and last scenes were super well done. really scary characters.
posted by j_curiouser at 6:00 PM on October 25, 2022

I just watched it and it's terrifying. I don't do the horror genre well but this was wonderful psychological horror. It didn't entirely work - the flashback scenes with the brothers should have been hinted at and not shown - but it was very very lovely. The piano scene! The shower scene! And the moments of absolute steadiness. A lovely slice of dread.
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 7:08 AM on December 19, 2022

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