High among the most promising films of 2013 is Stoker, the first English-language film from South Korean auteur Chan-wook Park. The trailer promises to smash the glassy demeanours of Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska with the dark, magnetic, Hitchcockian sexual drawl of Matthew Goode (who will hopefully prove worthy of the obsession, as Hollywood hasn’t yet found much use for him). It looks like a slightly depraved, frosty, spindly kind of film. The first preview of the soundtrack has arrived, and it seems obvious the music will be instrumental in deepening the mood of the piece. Clint Mansell is quite possibly the finest composer working in cinema today – his majestic, devastating score for The Fountain still receives regular plays from me, while his twisting of Tchaikovsky for Black Swan dances with psychoses that may prefigure Wasikowska’s pencil-stabbing impulses here. ‘In Full Bloom’, below, puts me in mind of Philip Glass, who has also composed some music for Stoker, and, of course, previously accompanied Nicole Kidman for the tremulous timbres of The Hours. May Stoker, too, be full of such sexual indecision and maternal strife!