Director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy
) layers K-horror tropes onto a premise drawn from Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt
. In the wake of her father's death, 18-year-old India (Mia Wasikowska) and her emotionally distant mother Evelyn (Nicole Kidman) are visited by long lost Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode, adopting the name of Joseph Cotten's character in Hitchcock's film). The appearance of this tall, dark stranger triggers mysterious dread from everyone—including the family's housekeeper and great Auntie Gin (Jacki Weaver)—except the flirtatious Evelyn and already moody India. Making his English-language debut, Park struggles to modulate the cadence of the dialogue and produce realistic caricatures. But, once the aesthetics start servicing the storyline—and Charlie literally loosens his belt a bit—the bloody, psychosexual mysteries of this neo-Southern Gothic tale (filmed in and around Nashville, Tenn.) gradually come into tantalizing focus.