Blu-ray Disc - 2013
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Following the tragic death of her father on her eighteenth birthday, India Stoker meets Charlie, her charismatic uncle, whom she never knew existed. When Charlie moves in with India and her unstable mother, 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 shatter India's future.
Publisher: [United States] : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2013]
Edition: Blu-ray edition
Branch Call Number: BLURAY STOKER 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jul 08, 2019

It's a fairly well-put together movie. As a craftpiece, it's good.
I just can't get behind the actions of the characters. The main characters are doing a lot of reprehensible things, but the narrator (i.e. filmmakers) insists on being an impartial observer. This dissonance makes the movie very difficult for me to watch.

Feb 14, 2019

Stupid movie, not worth watching.

Jan 21, 2019

Perhaps the worst film I ever viewed. Disturbing, disgusting themes. Wish I hadn't seen it.

JCLMattC Jul 12, 2018

It's very moody without being too dramatic. There's plenty of plot twists and surprises, but I recommend this more for people who favor atmosphere over story.

Mar 20, 2018

Awful. Silly premise. Difficult to follow. Would not recommend.

Mar 14, 2018

Terrible movie. What's happened to Nicole kidman? Great actress but she's been picking terrible movies to act in the last couple years.

LoganLib_Aavishka Feb 12, 2018

Stoker was a very different type of movie with a intense storyline that makes you cringe but also keep watching in anticipation to find out what is going to happen. The actors were brilliant, pulling off their roles so pefectly. In particular, Matthew Goode did his role so brilliantly, a role which I'm sure would not have been easy.

Aug 12, 2017

1. so far I have seen 4 of director park chan-wook’s films, spanning from 2003-2016.
2. while “the handmaiden” (2016) is perhaps the jewel of park’s korean-language films, his first english film “stoker” (2013) would affirm his talents in western film-making also.
3. filming in america w/ an international cast & crews, park clearly has succeeded in morphing himself into any of the great western world directors. if i didn’t know, i would think this film (written by american actor wentworth miller) is made by a veteran western director. park is able to shed his previous korean style & get westernized in every way, but still keeping & exploring his personal style. he is even sensitive to american audience & mpaa rating, by toning down a whole lot in the sex/violence scenes, either by off camera, distant shots, suggestive montage, or just less bloody/explicit.
4. the actors, location shooting, outstanding cinematography (especially the camera movements in some room scenes, by award-winning chung chung-hoon), wonderful montages (long hairs transitioned into grass field), and well-designed sound/music scores, all fit perfectly in this mystery-crime drama.
5. of course, park also threw in some fetish of joking w/ the audience. such as crawling spider that didn’t do any thing, a suspenseful shower scene (hitchcock-style) that went nowhere except to finish w/ masturbation instead! there is even an inside joke of flip-book animation (historic predecessor of motion picture), in which 2 pics of foamy ocean wave & spiral seashell produced an imagination (& longing) of ice-cream cone! in the end credits, the text scrolls upward from the bottom, opposite to the convention. is this how park signs his first english film, metaphorically in the korean way from right to left, opposite of from left to right?
6. i noticed that park always tries new different ways to create interesting scenes in his films. in “stoker”, there are extreme close-ups, floor level medium shots, & repetitive jump-cuts within short forward/backward timeline. in “oldboy” (2003), documentary-like scenes, one-take prolonged corridor fighting. in “lady vengeance” (2005), 8-mm home movie & tv news footage, bold color & op-art style interior sets, & frequent jump-cuts between present & flashback. in “handmaiden”, the film consists of 3 parts, each of which shows the perspective of each different characters. park also keeps on improvising his signature sex scenes to new erotic/poetic levels. in “lady vengeance”, the ecstatic noise & facial expression during same-sex oral act between 2 woman inmates is all time unique & comical. in “stoker” the piano duet between the daughter & uncle (whether real or imaginary) is erotic & simulates orgasm in the finish. in “handmaiden” the fully blown sex between the maid & lady is perhaps one of the best choreographed in film history.

Apr 22, 2017

A pretty twisted tale with some fairly good directing and acting. I feel hollow when the credits rolled. May, or may not be worth your while.

Mar 04, 2017

Coming from a director like Pak Cha'n-uk, Stoker is a disappointment. Despite its name, it is not a vampire movie, but a suspense drama highly influenced by Alfred Hitchcock Unfortunately, there is little suspense: partly because the family involved is obviously strange and troubled long before the movie starts, and partly because aspects of the story don't make sense, at least in a modern North American context -- people go missing, etc. and no one thinks of investigating. Is the protagonist hallucinating, or not? Who knows? There's also something off about the pacing, which is slow for a Pak film; possibly this is just not his kind of story. However, hang on for the last half hour, where the plot comes together and the actors find their characters, at last. It would make an interesting double feature with Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt, which is this film's inspiration.

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Dec 26, 2013

From IMDb: India Stoker: My ears hear what others cannot hear; small faraway things people cannot normally see are visible to me. These senses are the fruits of a lifetime of longing, longing to be rescued, to be completed. Just as the skirt needs the wind to billow, I'm not formed by things that are of myself alone. I wear my father's belt tied around my mother's blouse, and shoes which are from my uncle. This is me. Just as a flower does not choose its color, we are not responsible for what we have come to be. Only once you realize this do you become free, and to become adult is to become free.

India Stoker: He used to say, sometimes you need to do something bad to stop you from doing something worse.

Oct 01, 2013

Evelyn Stoker (to her daughter, India): "You know, I've often wondered why it is we have children in the first place... and the conclusion I've come to is... at some point in our lives we realize things are... they're screwed up beyond repair. So we decide to start again. Wipe the slate clean. Start fresh. And then we have children. Little carbon copies we can turn to and say, "You will do what I could not. You will succeed where I have failed." Because we want someone to get it right this time. ...But not me... Personally speaking, I can't wait to watch life TEAR-YOU-APART..."


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