Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Stoker Is a High-Falutin Horror Flick HH

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Stoker Is a High-Falutin Horror Flick HH

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Stoker is a horror movie for film snobs. Despite its title, the most obvious influence on this tale about a creepy uncle putting the bite on his nubile niece is not Bram Stokers Dracula but Alfred Hitchcocks Shadow of a Doubt. The pretty, primal images are like leaves from Terrence Malicks Tree of Life. And the name above the title is familiar to fans of Asian action cinema: Park Chan-wook.

Parks Oldboy, a revenge thriller with forbidden sexual undertones, was a sensation at Cannes in 2004 and put Korean movies on the map. While Hollywood remakes that film, Park returns the favor by unofficially remaking a classic Hitchcock flick.

Goth-girl India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) lives in the kind of crumbling New England manse where nothing good ever happens, and when we meet her, its the day of her fathers funeral. A mysterious arrival at the unhappy event is long-lost and never-mentioned Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode). Immediately he moves into the house and starts shaking the dust from the doilies, to the consternation of the crabby old maid (Phyllis Somerville) and the visiting grandmother (Jacki Weaver). …

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