Terror fails to grip

Fear is best served simple.Stoker has the advantage of graduating from the bell jar school of drama.

Director Chan-wook Park’s first American outing suffers fatally from artsy camerawork and pretentious storytelling.

After India’s (Mia Wasikowska) dad dies, she finds herself isolated in a big house with her glam mom (Nicole Kidman) and creepy uncle (Matthew Goode).

She’s bullied at school, then people start disappearing.

The film has a static feel. The actors appear blocked, with the exception of Kidman who does manipulation like a swallow dive into honey. The journey from intrigue into terror runs out of road and rigor mortis sets in early.