Release Date: March 1, 2013 Studio: Fox Searchlight Director: Park Chan-wook Screenwriter: Wentworth Miller Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman, Dermot Mulroney, Jacki Weaver, Lucas Till MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated
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.
If you missed Park Chan-wook’s Stoker – the Oldboy director’s American debut – in theaters, now is your time to remedy that. The Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode starring thriller is making its way to DVD and Blu-ray on June 18th.
Following the tragic death of her father on her eighteenth birthday, India Stoker (Wasikowska) meets Charlie (Goode), her charismatic uncle, whom she never knew existed. When Charlie moves in with India and her unstable mother (Kidman), both are drawn to his charming and calming demeanor. But it soon becomes clear that Charlie’s arrival was no coincidence, and that the shocking secrets of his past could affect India’s future…or shatter it completely.
Head inside for a list of bonus features that come with the Blu-ray.
Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook has officially broken into Hollywood with his first English language film Stoker, a psychological thriller starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode.
While on the surface it may seem like somewhat of a departure from his previous films like Old Boy, Lady Vengeance or the vampire film Thirst, fans of his visceral style of filmmaking should be thrilled by some of the amazing visuals he has produced to tell this creepy coming-of-age tale about a girl named India Stoker (Wasikowska) who loses her father but gains a creepy, seemingly disturbed uncle (Goode), whose obsession with her can’t be considered healthy.
ShockTillYouDrop.com got to speak briefly with Director Park while he was in New York City last week for a few last minute events to promote the movie before it opened.
Prepare yourself, foreign genre film fanatics, because director Park Chan-wook of Oldboy fame has finally made the leap over to our shores with his first English language film, the creepy erotic thriller, Stoker, starring Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode and Nicole Kidman.
Wasikowska plays India Stoker, a teenage girl whose father died in a horrible car accident leaving her alone with her unstable mother (Kidman), when her uncle Charlie shows up and things start getting progressively worse. And that’s where Matthew Goode comes into the picture.
On October 17th, 2011 I visited the set of Park Chan-wook’s English-language debut Stoker in Nashville, Tennessee.
That’s about the only discernable fact you’re going to gleam from reading this, as it was one of the more beguiling set visits I’ve ever been on in six years of doing this, and that’s saying something.
It was such an unusual set visit, with no formal interviews to be had, that for the first time I felt like I had to watch the completed film itself in order to properly contextualize everything. Having seen the film, much of what was seen being shot that day makes more sense, although much of it will have to remain unexplained so that first-time viewers can enjoy the kaleidoscopic pleasures of suspense within this slowly-peeled onion of a thriller.
Without question, the big draw for Stoker is that it’s the first American movie from South Korea’s Park Chan-wook, the visionary director behind movies like Old Boy, Lady Vengeance and other thrillers that mix art with brutal violence.
The premise for this coming-of-age thriller seems to be right up his alley as it follows one person’s quest to overcome adversity, although India Stoker is much younger than his previous protagonists.
India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) is a loner, an outcast of a teenager who prefers to spend time alone or with her father, but on her 18th birthday, her father dies in a tragic car accident, leaving India alone with her already unstable mother (Nicole Kidman). Then her father’s brother Charles (Matthew Goode) shows up for reasons that are unclear and strange things start happening around India.
A new clip for Park Chan-wook’s upcoming thriller Stoker is now online, courtesy of iTunes Movie Trailers, and you can check it out after the jump.
Starring Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman, Dermot Mulroney, Jacki Weaver, Alden Ehrenreich and Lucas Till, Stoker hits theaters on March 1st. Written by Wentworth Miller, the film begins when India’s (Wasikowska) father dies in an auto accident and her Uncle Charlie (Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother (Kidman). 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.
When Stoker arrives in theaters on March 1st, it does so with a new composition from Philip Glass. It’s a piano piece called “Duet” and, in the film, it’s performed by Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode. Glass has done quite a bit, of course, but horror fans know he composed the soundtrack to Bernard Rose’s Candyman and Universal’s Dracula (for a re-release).
You can listen to it inside.
Directed by Park Chan-wook, the film also stars Nicole Kidman and we’re highly recommending you check it out!