History Film / StalKer

25th Feb '17 3:19:33 AM UltraWanker
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* FollowTheLeader: The critical reception of ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' may have factored into the creation of ''Film/{{Solaris|1972}}'' and this film.
27th Jun '16 2:35:37 PM MrFreeze
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* MacGuffin: The Professor's backpack. At first his attachment to it makes him look like a cosseted old man, but in fact he needs it because it contains the bomb he stole from the other scientists.
4th Feb '16 10:20:12 AM DanielCase
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* GainaxEnding: The significance of the final shot, with Monkey using her psychokinetic abilities to push some glasses off a table as a train roars by the apartment and shakes it, has long been one of the major points of debate regarding this film[[note]]Creator/ArthurCClarke said it redeemed the entire film, in his opinion[[/note]]
4th Oct '15 12:09:42 AM timotaka
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The Room (allegedly) takes this one step further: You do not ''ask'' for your wish out loud or even consciously. Instead, it looks into your mind and fulfills your greatest desire. Do you even ''know'' what you want? Do you dare find out?
24th Sep '15 10:18:49 AM eroock
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->''A film about three men walking through the wooded territory, two of which are mostly calm, and the third is constantly afraid of something.''
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6th Sep '15 10:58:58 AM jamespolk
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* DrivenToSuicide: Porcupine.

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* DrivenToSuicide: Porcupine.Porcupine, who killed himself out of guilt when the Room granted him his ''true'' inner wish--money--instead of what he believed was his wish, to resurrect his brother.
6th Sep '15 10:55:58 AM jamespolk
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* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: The Stalker is sickened by the inability of the Writer and Professor to believe in the Room.



* DoorOfDoom: The visitors sit outside the door of the Room for a long time, but never do work up the nerve to go in.



* EldritchLocation: The Zone in all its incarnations (book, film, and game) is a sterling example of this trope.

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* EldritchLocation: The Zone in all its incarnations (book, film, and game) is a sterling example of this trope. A very, very ominous place that will apparently kill you if you do something wrong.


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* ForbiddenZone: The Zone has been closed to visitors, and is patrolled by the military, but the Stalker and his clients still make their way in.


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* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: A scary tunnel called the "meat mincer".


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* MindScrew: What is in the Zone? What's the deal with the Room? Does Monkey have superpowers?


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* NothingIsScarier: The insane tension as the Writer crawls through the "meat mincer", as well as the specter of the Room itself.


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* PostApocalypticDog: The Stalker takes possession of a dog he finds amidst the ruins.


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* PsychologicalHorror: Nothing overtly scary happens in the movie.


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* QuestForAWish: Supposedly, the Room grants wishes, which is why the Stalker's clients have come.


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* RuinsOfTheModernAge: This effect is achieved with the ruined factory.


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* SlidingScaleOfShinyVersusGritty: Doesn't get much gritter than this, as three run-down unshaven middle-aged men creep through a filthy, wrecked, abandoned chemical plant. The town the Stalker lives in is also grim and depressing.
6th Sep '15 10:37:58 AM jamespolk
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* AbandonedArea: The Zone, which had to be abandoned after the mysterious alien visitation, and after the army's attempts to re-enter the Zone were destroyed, as shown by the burnt-out tanks. What once was an industrial area (the film was shot at an abandoned chemical plant in Estonia) is empty and overgrown by plant life and all-around creepy.



* ArtShift: From sepia in the town to color in The Zone.

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* ArtShift: From sepia in the town to color in The Zone.Zone--although interestingly, the Stalker's cripped and telekinetic daughter "Monkey" is always shot in color for her scenes, which are in the town.



* BoringReturnJourney: Neither the Writer nor the Professor have the guts to enter the Room. They sit there at the entrance for a while, then the film cuts to everyone back at the bar, having left the Zone.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Towards the end of the movie the Stalker's wife addresses the camera and the audience directly, giving a little speech in which she explains that she knew all about the problems she'd have with the Stalker, including his emotional instability and the risk that their children would be born with defects, but she married him anyway, and it was worth it, as she got the highs along with the lows instead of a "dull, gray life".
* BurningTheShips: After entering the Zone on a motorized railroad hand cart, the Stalker starts it up again and sends it off back from where they came. He explains to his clients that you can't leave the Zone in the same way in which you entered.



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's generally left pretty ambiguous as to whether The Zone really does have all the fantastical qualities that Stalker claims [[spoiler:(primarily since all the characters opt not to enter The Room when they finally reach it.)]]
** The last scene offers a perfect encapsulation of this: [[spoiler:A glass slowly slides across a table; it could be the Stalker's daughter using telekinesis, or just vibrations from passing traffic]].

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's generally left pretty ambiguous as to whether The Zone really does have all the fantastical qualities that Stalker claims [[spoiler:(primarily (primarily since all the characters opt not to enter The Room when they finally reach it.)]]
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** The last scene offers a perfect encapsulation of this: [[spoiler:A A glass slowly slides across a table; it could be the Stalker's daughter using telekinesis, or just vibrations from passing traffic]].traffic.



* NukeEm: [[spoiler:The Professor wants to destroy the Room using his nuclear bomb to prevent it from being used ForTheEvulz. However, he [[AvertedTrope gives up the plan]] and disassembles the bomb after the Writer has a revelation about the Room]].

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* NukeEm: [[spoiler:The The Professor wants to destroy the Room using his nuclear bomb to prevent it from being used ForTheEvulz. However, he [[AvertedTrope gives up the plan]] and disassembles the bomb after the Writer has a revelation about the Room]].Room.



* OhCrap: Writer decides to go off on his own until a disembodied voice [[spoiler:actually it's The Zone]] shouts at him to "Stop right where you are!"

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* OhCrap: Writer decides to go off on his own until a disembodied voice [[spoiler:actually actually it's The Zone]] Zone shouts at him to "Stop right where you are!"



* SceneryPorn: Almost anywhere inside The Zone, the [[spoiler:exploded tanks, artillery, and incinerated corpses of the armies sent to surround The Zone]] notwithstanding.

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* SceneryPorn: Almost anywhere inside The Zone, the [[spoiler:exploded exploded tanks, artillery, and incinerated corpses of the armies sent to surround The Zone]] Zone notwithstanding.



* ShoutOut: Stalker is called "Chingachook" and "Leatherstocking" in reference to characters from ''Film/TheLastOfTheMohicans''.



* SoundtrackDissonance: The film closes with Beethoven's "Music/OdeToJoy", which is pretty weird, given the dour and depressing tone of the film and the grim surroundings.



* WonderChild: Monkey [[spoiler:appears to have telekinetic powers.]]

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* WonderChild: Monkey [[spoiler:appears appears to have telekinetic powers.]]
18th Aug '15 12:26:59 AM redfox5367
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* FreudianTrio: Writer (Id), Stalker (Superego), and Professor (Ego).
18th Feb '15 3:33:54 PM Noseer
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Our three main characters meet in a bar outside The Zone. They are only named by their professions; Stalker, Writer, and Professor. Stalker is both the protagonist and also the name of a class of semi-professional guides, skilled at infiltrating the security cordon surrounding The Zone, and avoiding the many hazards within it. He regards The Zone with something close to religious awe, and treats it as a temperamental Deity to be appeased and wondered at. Writer is an urbane, fashionable, cynical author with a drink problem. He complains that he has lost his inspiration, and wishes to regain it via the power of The Room. Professor is a taciturn physicist, who appears to have no particular reason to visit The Zone, and a small backpack that he is very attached to.

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Our three main characters meet in a bar outside The Zone. They are only named by their professions; Stalker, Writer, and Professor. Stalker is both the protagonist and also the name of a class of semi-professional guides, skilled at infiltrating the security cordon surrounding The Zone, and avoiding the many hazards within it. He regards The Zone with something close to religious awe, and treats it as a temperamental Deity to be appeased and wondered at. Writer is an urbane, fashionable, cynical author with a drink drinking problem. He complains that he has lost his inspiration, and wishes to regain it via the power of The Room. Professor is a taciturn physicist, who appears to have no particular reason to visit The Zone, and a small backpack that he is very attached to.
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