Chuck Zlotnick
EW Staff
October 12, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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.

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