The Stepfather Reviews

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February 15, 2013
What a shame that the remake fell into the unwieldy hands of the same jokers responsible for last year's execrable Prom Night redo.
April 4, 2011
December 19, 2010
Horror remake has more tension than blood.
August 12, 2010
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.
February 15, 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]
December 11, 2009
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.
December 11, 2009
Cliché-ridden and full of plot-holes.
December 11, 2009
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.
December 11, 2009
If the movie's attic-bound climax is a little predictable and the plot holes rather gaping, The Stepfather, unlike many of its more prestigious A-class competitors, is never less than entertaining.
December 11, 2009
It's all very silly, but effective popcorn entertainment.
December 11, 2009
Nelson McCormick is ridiculously lax with inventive or plausible staging: it's the kind of movie where a door can't open without thunderclaps and the bad guy flinging himself into the frame.
December 11, 2009
The Stepfather is full of unintentional laughs, shameless plot contrivances and cheap scare tactics, but this adds to the fun once you've tapped into the risible nature of the production.
December 11, 2009
Lazy, predictable and seriously lacking in shocks.
December 11, 2009
This rehash - toned (and dumbed) down for adolescent audiences by the director responsible for taking the slash out of Prom Night - provides thin gruel.
December 11, 2009
Mercilessly talky and deathly dull, this bloodless, sex-less misfire plays more like a housewife-baiting telemovie than the taut, teen-centric psycho-thriller it's supposed to be.
December 11, 2009
McCormick's lacklustre reboot is just another indistinguishable psycho thriller.
December 11, 2009
A pointless, dumbed-down remake of a slasher movie of the same name.
December 11, 2009
Uninspiring and, crucially, not all that scary. There are no attempts either to explore the killer's motivation and none of the original's black humour.
December 11, 2009
It has some good moments but there are much better relationships you could be having at the cinema than with The Stepfather.
December 11, 2009
Fond memories of Joseph Ruben's thrillingly unpleasant B-movie of 1987 will be offended by this bland and almost blood-free remake.
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