The Straits Times
Published on Oct 03, 2012

Hot trailer: Stoker contains hallmarks of Korean horror flick



Is there a vamp connection to this too, since the title sounds like it is referring to the most Stoker of all, Bram Stoker, writer of Dracula? No, but the movie's co-writer Wentworth Miller says this is a horror story.

Never mind how impressed you may be that the hunky star of TV drama Prison Break can write - this is the debut angmoh film of top Korean director Park Chan Wook (Oldboy, 2003) and the trailer contains the hallmarks of a Korean psychological mystery: big dark house, cold blue tint, people behaving strangely, sudden bursts of violence and a crawling spider which appears everywhere.

Oh yes, and Nicole Kidman looks angry, like she is remembering Tom Cruise. "I've often wondered why it is we have children. And the conclusion I've come to is, we want someone to get it right this time. But not me. Personally speaking, I can't wait to watch life tear you apart," she snarls at her daughter India, played by Mia Wasikowska. Everybody seems deeply disturbed in a sinister haze as if they are channelling K-horror flick A Tale Of Two Sisters (2003). Looks like they are being played for fools by a man (A Single Man's Matthew Goode) who is India's spooky, menacing uncle.