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Blood relationships make for stylish horror

Nicole Kidman, left, and Mia Wasikowska star in “Stoker.” (Macall Polay/Fox Searchlight)
Nicole Kidman, left, and Mia Wasikowska star in “Stoker.” (Macall Polay/Fox Searchlight)
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There’s a suggestion of vampirism in the title of “Stoker.” The stylish chiller shares its name with the author of “Dracula,” but its fixation on blood moves in a different direction — deposits, not withdrawals. The tale concerns bad blood being transfused from one generation to the next. The blood relations in question are prim, privileged India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska), whose father (Dermot Mulroney) dies in a car crash on her 18th birthday; her icy, ...


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