Park Chan-wook’s Stoker debuted at Sundance over the weekend. Reactions seemed to be generally enthusiastic with little gray area. Screeners either loved it or hated it. Variety, for one, loved it, calling Stoker a “…splendidly demented gumbo of Hitchcock thriller, American Gothic fairy tale and a contemporary kink all Park’s own. Led by a brilliant Mia Wasikowska as an introverted teenager whose personal and sexual awakening arrives with the unraveling of a macabre family mystery…”
Oh yeah, I’m in.
Our friends at Empire have debuted a new trailer that prettymuch emphasizes all of the above:
India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) was not prepared to lose her father and best friend Richard (Dermot Mulroney) in a tragic auto accident. The solitude of her woodsy family estate, the peace of her tranquil town, and the unspoken somberness of her home life are suddenly upended by not only this mysterious accident, but by the sudden arrival of her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), whom she never knew existed. When Charlie moves in with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evie (Nicole Kidman), India thinks the void left by her father’s death is finally being filled by his closet bloodline. Soon after his arrival, India comes to suspect that this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives. Yet instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless young woman becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
Written by Wentworth Miller, who admits to being influenced by “Dracula” and Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt (Matthew Goode ain’t called “Uncle Charlie” because of “My Three Sons”), Stoker also stars Jacki Weaver, Lucas Till, and Alden Ehrenreich (soon to be seen in Beautiful Creatures). It opens in the US and the UK on March 1, 2013.