‘Stoker’ is a murder-crazy horror film
Published: January 22, 2013 07:56AM
Updated: January 20, 2013 10:01PM
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Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune (left) Director Chan-Wook Park and Actress Nicole Kidman are photographed on the red carpet for the premiere screening of "Stoker" at the Eccles Theatre during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City on January 20, 2013.

Australian actress Nicole Kidman made her second appearance on the Sundance Film Festival red carpet on Sunday. This time for “Stoker,” a film directed by South Korean horror guru, Chan-Wook Park, which also stars Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode.

At the Eccles Center, Kidman talked about working with Park, who has premiered two films at this year’s event.

“If you know anything about him, he has a very particular way of the performance,” she said. “He’s already mapped it out in his head. A lot of it is bringing his vision and you know, you don’t change anything.”

Kidman talked about wrapping production on “The Paperboy” and one week later, going straight into production for “Stoker.”

“As an actor, that’s like being in acting school. You rarely get that chance in your career to play the polar opposite,” Kidman said, referencing the emotionally unstable mother she plays in “Stoker” versus that of her character in “The Paperboy.”

While fans may want a jump-out-of-your-seat film, Park says it is never his intention to create horror.

“If the audience takes it as horror films that’s just as well. It just means they were very sensitive to all the intended frights and scares that were built into his films,” Park said through his personal translator and assistant producer, Wonjo Jeong.

Park said it is his own fears that draw him to the genre, according to Jeong. “It’s a genre that he can’t really watch as an audience. But it is because he is very sensitive to the fear of the unknown or the fear of violence that they are naturally built in to his work,” he said.

According to Dermont Mulroney, who has a brief role in the film, “Stoker” is scarier than Parks would have us believe.

“You gotta see the movie. It’s an intriguing murder-crazy movie.”

—Autumn Thatcher

“Stoker” screens Monday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m. Eccles Theatre, Park City; Wednesday, Jan. 23, 9 p.m. Screening Room, Sundance Resort; Friday, Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m., Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City; and Saturday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m., Peery’s Egyptian Theater Ogden.