If you are like me, then you have seen enough movies in your life that even when a film isn’t predictable, you have a way of figuring it out. Home invasion films are usually one dimensional and easily predictable. Every once in a while you get tossed into a twist, but even these twists have a tendency to follow patterns. When you finally hit one that makes your head spin a bit, you get a sense of joy; a relief that someone has finally exercised their creativity to the point where we have a unique and original piece of work. When it comes to StalkHer, which is directed by its two stars, John Jarratt and Kaarin Fairfax, my head spun so much from the twists that I felt nauseous.
This original take on the home invasion sub-genre tells the story of Jack, a misogynist who targets his co-worker Emily, who he thinks is about to become a hopeless victim. However things aren’t always as they appear, and Emily is living proof of that. When she goes from the defense to the offense, her true colors are shown. StalkHer is loaded with twists and a reveal that will definitely leave you scratching your head.
Where StalkHer falls short for me is within the story-telling aspect. Twists can be a great thing. They are a great tool to showcase your writing ability, but when you have too many I feel you drift away from the core of the story you are supposed to be telling. I found myself reaching for the ginkgo biloba in attempt to help the short term memory. Another big aspect of the film that left me in turmoil was certainly the awkward sexual desire our two mature main characters had for one another. I felt like an eight year old child, who is forced to watch sexual tension brew between his grandparents at Christmas dinner.
StalkHer is far from a terrible movie. Everything from the acting to the directing is on point in this Aussie film. Plus it sports a soundtrack that is beyond phenomenal in my humble opinion. It just takes you through turn after turn until you can’t see straight anymore. I say give it watch to see if it is your cup of tea!
StalkHer releases on VOD October 21st.