The Stepfather (2009)



Critic Consensus: This tepid remake of the 1987 cult classic lacks the tension and satirical undercurrents of the original.

Movie Info

A seemingly normal man wants the perfect family. When they don't measure up, he eliminates them and moves on to find his next perfect family.

Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence, disturbing images, mature thematic material and brief sensuality)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Donald E. Westlake, J.S. Cardone
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 9, 2010
Box Office: $29.1M
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as David Harris

as Michael Harding

as Susan Harding

as Kelly Porter

as Jackie Kearns

as Detective Shay

as Sean Harding

as Detective Tylar

as Beth Harding

as Captain Mackie

as Dylan Bennet

as Real Estate Assistan...

as Julie King

as Male Buyer

as Woman Buyer

as Woman Buyer

as Taxi Driver

as Mrs. Rivers

as Older Woman

as Car Salesman

as Gus/Hardware Clerk

as Cell Phone Clerk

as Lisa Bennet
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Critic Reviews for The Stepfather

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (11)

Not so much a contemporary re-make of Joseph Ruben's 1987 psychological thriller as a lobotomised bastard step-child: over-plotted, over-long, and stripped of the original's sharp, satirical subversion of suburban family values.

Full Review… | December 11, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

What a shame that the remake fell into the unwieldy hands of the same jokers responsible for last year's execrable Prom Night redo.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013

Horror remake has more tension than blood.

Full Review… | December 19, 2010
Common Sense Media

The genre has diverged into two paths: the brutally gruesome and the suspenseful. This is going for the latter, which would have been fine if it were in fact thrilling.

Full Review… | August 12, 2010

Any subtlety or implicit social satire to be found in Joseph Ruben's original went out with the last neighborhood trash pickup. Too bad the service was canceled before it could haul away this waste-of-time remake. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | February 15, 2010
Groucho Reviews

There's mayhem all over the place and not a policeman, or much logic, in sight. Watchable nonsense, with performances better than the story deserves.

Full Review… | December 11, 2009
This is London

Audience Reviews for The Stepfather

So much wrong with this movie. The characters do stupid things - like go outside and try and pull an umbrella out of the pool in a storm. Who would do that? And the character of Kelly - constantly in her bikini or underpants. Ridiculous.
It's not that scary, and highly predictable. I watched it for free on TV, so can't grizzle too much, but am glad I didn't pay money to see this. I guess it's *alright* to watch once.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Devestatingly boring and overplayed, this movie had little or no merit whatsoever. There is almost 0% blood, gore or indeed horror to this wannabe remake of a classic. Walsh was convincing enough and the acting wasn't terrible, but even the best actors cannot work well with a terrible script. One of the worst remakes in the history of horror regurgitation.

Unknown Hobo

Super Reviewer

They have done this beautifully. Not too scary, but more heart pounding. You are always going to predict the ending in these sorts of films but you definitely didn't with this one. The ending was unexpected for me. Penn Badgley and Amber Heard really carried the film.

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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