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When Michael Harding (Penn Badgley, TV’s “Gossip Girl”) returns home from military school, he finds his mom is madly in love with her charming live-in boyfriend David (Dylan Walsh, TV’s “Nip/Tuck”). At first, David appears to be the ultimate nice guy and an ideal future husband and stepfather. But when Michael and his girlfriend (Amber Heard, Zombieland) start delving into David’s past, they begin to discover a dark and dangerous side to Michael’s new “daddy” in this riveting, chilling thriller.


The Stepfather is one of those movies that telegraphs its ending almost as soon as it starts; so, since we already know the destination, the only question involves whether or not we'll enjoy the journey. When we meet the guy who calls himself David Harris (Dylan Walsh, Dr. Sean McNamara in the Nip/Tuck TV series) during the opening credits, he's stepping over the bodies of the wife and kids he's just murdered, out the door and on his way to a new life. Sure enough, he's soon flirting with attractive divorcée Susan Harding (Sela Ward), and six months later they're engaged and living together with her three children, including prodigal son Michael (Penn Badgley), who has just returned from some kind of military reform school. It doesn't take long for Michael to begin suspecting that his stepfather-to-be is not all that he seems; Susan's sister, Jackie (Paige Turco), who hires David as a real estate agent, has her suspicions too, as does a cat-loving old neighbor. Only Susan remains clueless; then again, one of the many shortcomings of the movie, which was directed Nelson McCormick and written by J.S. Cardone, is its failure to adequately explain why she fell for this creep in the first place (we're often told how charming he is, but said charms are little in evidence). All that remains is to see how the tale will play itself out, and while McCormick supplies a few scary moments, he leaves no cliché unexplored (including Charlie Clouser's ominous, obvious music) on the way to the expected violent climax. In the end, one can only wonder why someone thought remaking The Stepfather was a good idea; the 1987 original offered both a much better explanation for the killer's motives and a significantly more compelling performance by Terry O'Quinn in the lead role. --Sam Graham

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Commentary with Penn Badgley, Dylan Walsh and Director Nelson McCormick
Open House: Making the Film
Visualizing the Stunts
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Product Details

  • Actors: Penn Badgley, Dylan Walsh
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: February 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0021L8UZ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,254 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By RMurray847 VINE VOICE on December 31, 2009
Format: DVD
I hate to start a review with an admission of guilt, but I have to admit that I agreed to see a bargain showing of THE STEPFATHER to placate my bored daughter without any expectations that the film would be decent. So I didn't exactly have an open mind. Sadly, the film did NOTHING to change the mind I had almost made up in advance.

The 1987 original was, in its day, a creepy success. Terry O'Quinn (John Locke on LOST) was a calm, cool & collected psycho killer whose friendly demeanor could shut off in split second and become icy deadness. The basic story is similar in the two movies. The stepfather ingratiates himself into a family where the mother is feeling alone and in need of male companionship, and thus, may overlook a few strange moments in her new beau. There are kids already in place, and their new stepfather works hard to win them over...but they pick up on the fact that a lot of it is fake emotion. When the kids inevitably "disappoint" their new dad, bloody hell takes over and the family is killed, and "dad" moves on to another family.

In the original, the stepfather actually was always juggling two families. He already knew that one would inevitably disappoint him and he'd need another household to move to. When you think about it, this IS pretty creepy...he knows it's just a matter of time before he has to kill everyone, so why not have another family readily at hand. In the remake, the stepfather (Dylan Walsh, from NIP/TUCK) just goes from one to another...as though he thinks each family will be THE ONE.

The story is pretty predictable and familiar (and I bet if I looked back at 1987's film again, it would seem pretty tame...although I doubt the power of O'Quinn's performance will have diminished).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By barry VINE VOICE on November 11, 2011
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The original film THE STEPFATHER was a great little suspense film that became a huge cult classic and is at the top of the list of the career of star Terry O'Quinn. The story of a family where the mother remarries and the guy ends up becoming a psychotic killer had so many chills and thrills. Everything about it just worked. Here we have a remake of that film. There are a lot of terrible reviews here and if comparing it to the original they are indeed justified. But it can be looked at for its own merits. It's like a grade B thriller and Dylan Walsh does a pretty good job as the creepy stepfather. Certainly no O'Quinn but still good. Sela Ward adds a certain intelligent naivite to the mother and is fine. The true star of this film though is Penn Badgley as the suspicious son. It was a suspicious daughter in the original and the switch up works. The way the film is directed pretty much shows that a film of the caliber of the original wasn't really being looked for. Emphasis is on Badgley and his girlfriend. The house has a pool and both stars are attractive and we get lots of bathing suit scenes. Definitelty B horror level stuff.

But there is some suspense and surprises. If you like any of the stars you will like the film. The blu ray has excelent video with strong crispness and clarity. Colors are strong and pop with flesh tones very realistic. Black/white ration is also good. Audio works well too with dialogue strong and present and surround speakers put to good use for the chills and suspense. I am a huge fan of the original and am looking at this film for what it is. And as a light suspense film with likable stars and excellent presentation on blu ray I can recommend it. Just know what you are getting. And if you are a fan of Ward, Walsh or Penn Badgley you will enjoy passing the 90 minutes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Loyd E. Eskildson HALL OF FAME on August 4, 2011
Format: DVD
'The Stepfather' plot is quite predictable, though interesting enough to keep one's attention throughout the movie. It opens with the 'bad guy' getting dressed, then eating breakfast and stepping over the bodies of his recently murdered family. Then it's off to a new town and a new life. He meets a divorcee, moves in with her, and dodges any activities that might identify him. His stepson, however, is suspicious, as well as his fiance's sister and the former husband. Meanwhile, a neighbor sees a TV show featuring his prior crimes and becomes suspicious as well. Eventually their concerns bring confrontations, and the deaths of the former husband, neighbor, and fiance's sister. Finally the stepson finds his father's body in the basement freezer, and the bloody conclusion is on. The really bad news is that, though wounded, he escapes to repeat the horror again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 27, 2010
Format: DVD
Was a remake of the 1987 cult classic really necessary? Not really. Is Dylan Walsh better than Terry O'Quinn? Not really. Is this a bad movie? Not really. Walsh is a good actor and can be quite creepy as the psycho dad from hell. Sela Ward and Jon Tenney are as always strong in support. I wasn't impressed with Penn Badgely..obvious eye candy for the teen audience. I found myself caught up in its predictable plot so it's not all that bad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Robinson on January 28, 2012
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This was a very bad remake of the Stepfather, I don't even know where to begin.

This is filled with typical cliches that you see in films. Rebel child returns home from military camp or wherever he came from, meets new boyfriend and doesn't like him and kind of fight for male dominance of the house. How many times have we seen that in films, but hey you need some kind of angst in the film right to give it drama.

The mom acts clueless like she doesn't know what's going on around her. Even her sister is telling her how this man quit his job immediately after she asked for him to fill out papers for tax purposes, mom never find it odd how there is no picture of him in the house, just met him a couple of months and already moved him into her house and yet she doesn't even know his own religion and the only thing she can say is the ever so tired "Why can't people just be happy for me!" They want to be happy for you, but stop being an idiot and open your eyeballs. The only redeeming quality that she had is when she learned her boyfriend put his hands on the younger son, she had a nice reaction and telling him that she would not tolerate physical discipline on her children.

The son and his stupid ass girlfriend did nothing in this film but walk around in swimwear and under garments wtf. They had nothing else to do but get wet. The son had his suspicions and rightfully so, so he didn't look like an idiot like the mother and girlfriend. The girlfriend is the village dumbass in this film. Boyfriend is telling her of the holes in stepfather's story, and showing her proof of his suspicions and all she does is wave it off and yet she is written to be the smart one and be a good influence on the son, really?
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