It’s common wisdom that the bulk of scary movies should be released right around Halloween in order to capitalize on the mood of the season. However, not every horror and/or suspense film gets an autumn release – especially if they fall outside the conventional model of what makes up a horror flick.
One such nontraditional scary movie is the upcoming horror-drama Stoker, which has released a fantastic poster and new promo music video. The first fully English-language film of infamous Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance), Stoker is a psychological horror tale about the increasing dysfunction of the aristocratic Stoker family in the weeks following the mysterious death of their patriarch. After this and previous trailers, it’s looking like Park’s first foray into the West will be as wild and twisted as any of his previous films.
Coming to us from Empire Online, the new promotional video and international poster both give us a pretty good idea of what to expect from Stoker. The video serves triple-duty as a wordless trailer for the film, music video for the Emily Wells’ end credits song “Becomes the Color,” and a kind of origin story for the accompanying poster. In turn, the poster is a highly detailed, pencil-stroke smorgasbord, sure to leave anticipatory fans scrambling to figure out plot fragments and potential Easter eggs hidden within.
How creepy are those shots of the daddy long-legs scuttling up (what I assume are) Mia Wasikowska’s stockings? Perhaps my inner arachnophobe is showing, as the long-legs are far from the only unsettling image that flits past during the music video. Midnight burials, blood-spattered foliage, sagging Gothic ruins, and images of quiet obsession all add up to an atmosphere of palpable dread. As with the other trailers for Stoker, every actor cuts a figure of varying forms of menace. From the impassive smile and dark silhouette of Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode) to India Stoker’s (Wasikowska) apparent descent into madness, it’s looking like no one’s getting out of this one unscathed.
The preview definitely shows that – despite a major shift in spoken language – Park Chan-wook is bringing his A-Game to Stoker. Though Park is better-known for the shocks, gore, and appalling twists of his “Vengeance” trilogy, his true strength has always been his expressive visual craftsmanship. More than anything, the various previews for Stoker prove that Park has lost none of his knack for lush visual detail and evocative composition. Even if the film falls flat in other areas, it will be undeniably beautiful to watch in motion.
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Stoker has quite a bit going for it other than the big name of its provocateur director. Its script – written by former Prison Break star Wentworth Miller (no kidding) – made the 2010 edition of The Black List, which compiles Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays. The film also boasts a stellar cast headlined by Nicole Kidman (The Paperboy), Mia Wasikowska (Lawless), Matthew Goode (Watchmen), and Dermot Mulroney (The Grey). I can honestly say that, after viewing this preview and pouring over the details of its accompanying poster, I am very excited for its release.
Stoker creeps into theaters on March 1, 2013.
Source: Empire Online