The enigmatic sci-fi film Stalker, released October 20, 1982, is arguably Andrei Tarkovsky’s most haunting piece. It’s a quiet, slow drip of a film that was based on the 1972 short story Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.
In an unknown place and time lies a heavily guarded desolate wasteland, shrouded in secrecy, called The Zone. It was formed when a mysterious object from space crashed into the area and strange happenings began.
Within the heart of The Zone is The Room, a place believed to fulfill one’s innermost desires. In the film, a writer and scientist are guided deep into The Zone to the fabled room by a professional “stalker,” defined in the story as one who brings people to The Zone illegally.
The movie stars Alisa Freyndlikh, Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Nikolay Grinko, and Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy as the Stalker. Here is a trailer for the 2017 restored version of the film.