Review: Park Chan-wook's lurid melodrama 'Stoker'

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Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013 12:00 am

(AP) - A spider crawls up the leg of 18-year-old India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) early in Park Chan-wook's English-language debut, "Stoker," and she regards it passively, intrigued.

There's a creepy intruder in the Stokers' handsome, isolated estate, but it's India's Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), whose existence India was unaware of until he arrived following the death of her father (Dermot Mulroney) in a mysterious car accident. Dashing, cultured and oozing melodramatic evil, he's an homage to Joseph Cotton's Uncle Charlie - a murder in a suit jacket at the dinner table - from Alfred Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt."

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