The Stepfather Reviews
He plays a man so obsessed with the American Dream-type family he'll stop at nothing to get it, finding relationships with divorcees and widows with children and then murdering them when things start to go awry.
It's refreshing to see a slasher-type film where a bit of attention has been put into characterisation, it's just a shame it falls into clicheville in the final third.
The Stepfather plays on our real fears and director Joseph Ruben mostly plucks the right strings to make us think, â?Are we really safe with the people we love?â?.
To try and justify this film in your head, you can almost and I use that word loosely emphasise with Jerry, clearly he had a rough childhood and family life and is striving to be the knight in shining armour for a widow but due to his insanity it all unravels and he is left with (in his mind) the only option, slaughter them and move on. Kind of poetic in a quantifiably insane way.
I know I should be looking at this film for what it is instead of what I want it to be, but the story, editing, and slasher-esque kills spurn what I think should be a low budget fun B-movie, but it seems to take the dramatic route. There's nothing wrong with this, but there's a genre clash, especially with the overly grim opening and action-filled climax. But The Stepfather is an okay suspense movie with a strong performance from the lead.