The Stepfather


The Stepfather

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



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Average Rating: 2.6/5

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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.

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

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (12)

  • 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.

    Dec 11, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It's all very silly, but effective popcorn entertainment.

    Dec 11, 2009 | Rating: 3/5
  • The Stepfather is, finally, only as good as its stepfather -- and Dylan Walsh ain't bad.

    Oct 22, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 19, 2009 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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.

    Oct 18, 2009 | Full Review…
  • This remake turns a fondly remembered horror/thriller into a mild and tedious suspense film.

    Oct 18, 2009

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


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


The plot is very interesting, don't get me wrong. But this movie wasn't scary at all, or even chilling. My little sister watched it and was scared but it didn't give me any chills. The music was creepy, but cliche. The acting was surprisingly not bad, but they didn't have any horror acting abilities, in other words their acting never made me feel scared. This movie fails at being scary, but succeeds at having a good concept and actors.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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