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The Stepfather

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Amber Heard, Penn Badgley, ...
Chuck Zlotnick

The Stepfather

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
101 minutes
Wide Release Date:
10/16/09
performer:
Penn Badgley, Dylan Walsh, Amber Heard, Sela Ward
director:
Nelson McCormick
author:
J.S. Cardone
genre:
Horror, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C

STARRING Penn Badgley, Dylan Walsh, Sela Ward
WRITTEN BY J.S. Cardone
DIRECTED BY Nelson McCormick

The original 1987 Stepfather — about a seemingly kind man who marries a vulnerable widow and then reveals himself to be a murderous psychopath — spawned two sequels, launched the career of future Lost star Terry O’Quinn, and then pretty much disappeared. Now, like a horror-movie baddie you were sure was dead, The Stepfather is back for more. This remake stars Gossip Girl‘s Penn Badgley as a teen who returns from military school to find that a suspicious new guy (Dylan Walsh) has moved in with his divorced mom (Sela Ward). ”Dylan looks so accessible and sincere and warm,” says Ward. ”I guess Ted Bundy did too.” Okay, now we’re creeped out.