Stoker Sunday, 29 March 2020

Stoker

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong violence, sexual references and sexualised violence.

  • The pitch:

    Don't call uncle.

  • Starring:

    Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, Dermot Mulroney, Jacki Weaver, Phyllis Somerville, Alden Ehrenreich, Lucas Till

  • Directed by:

    Chan-wook Park

  • Running time:

    99 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 18 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Fatal car accident discussed. People are shot, bashed, strangled, head-butted, stabbed, murdered, hit, punched, bitten, pushed over, tied up, kicked. A girl is threatened sexually. A child is trapped in a well (entrapment, buried alive implied). Hunting (bird is shot), hunting rifles. Handgun seen. Screaming. School bullying. Blood/gore: Girl pierces blister. Body burned to a crisp mentioned. Corpses, snapped neck. Bird scavengers an animal carcass (television). Blood on objects, walls, floor. Bloody mouth, blood splatter, dripping blood.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Sexually suggestive banter. A man behaves provocatively toward his niece (incest implied). Flirting, kissing, touching. Masturbation (auto-erotica implied). A young male threatens a girl with sexual abuse. Nude sketch. Girl in shower (breast, nude profile seen).

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (wine).

  • LANGUAGE:

    B*tch, a-words. Name-calling. Religious exclamation.

  • THEMES:

    Death, family, grief, insanity, psychopathy, murder, missing persons, coming-of-age, repressed sexuality, piano-playing.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Father/husband dies on daughter's birthday, funeral setting, burial, mental institution. Spiders, taxidermy birds, buzzing insect, cobwebs, full moon, bonfire, vomiting. Steak, chicken eaten.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Stylish, creepy, chilling, shocking, lurid, disturbing, tense, sexual. Talented cast, intuitive direction, exaggerated soundtrack.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Problematic script, brooding. Hints of absurdity.

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