The Stepfather (2009)

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

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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:
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Box Office:
$29,062,561.00
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Cast

Jessalyn Gilsig
as Julie King
Paige Turco
as Jackie Kearns
Sela Ward
as Susan Harding
Carmen Mormino
as Taxi Driver
Dylan Walsh
as David Harris
Jason Wiles
as Dylan Bennet
Amber Heard
as Kelly Porter
Marcuis Harris
as Detective Shay
Penn Badgley
as Michael Harding
David Guzzone
as Male Buyer
Deirdre Lovejoy
as Detective Tylar
Todd Cosgrove
as Mailman
Blue Deckert
as Captain Mackie
Skyler Samuels
as Beth Harding
Sean Anthony Moran
as Gus/Hardware Clerk
Braeden Lemasters
as Sean Harding
Cheryl Anderson
as Older Woman
Amanda Reyne
as Woman Buyer
Pride Grinn
as Car Salesman
Kara Briola
as Real Estate Assistant
Tracey Costello
as Mrs. Rivers
Jack Chang
as Cell Phone Clerk
Savannah Levin
as Lisa Bennet
Amandah Reyne
as Woman Buyer
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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

The Stepfather is, finally, only as good as its stepfather -- and Dylan Walsh ain't bad.

Full Review… | October 22, 2009
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

That last stormy night of violence should be the shocker. Giving away his ruthlessness in earlier killings robs the movie of it its payoff as it saps the climax of much of its power.

October 19, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

This perfunctory retread had a tame, made-for-TV feel, and not just because the humdrum cast is composed of network and cable B-listers.

Full Review… | October 18, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This remake turns a fondly remembered horror/thriller into a mild and tedious suspense film.

October 18, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Even by horror-remake standards, The Stepfather sets the bar for pointlessness.

Full Review… | October 18, 2009
AV Club
Top Critic

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
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

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
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
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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