icon Film Profile: The Stepfather - (2009)
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5.6/10 Stars
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"Daddy's home."

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  • Director: Nelson McCormick
  • Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Drama
  • Studio: Screen Gems
  • Subtitled | Widescreen | Duration: 110 Mins

Overview:
Director Nelson McCormick and writer JS Cardone (the men behind the Prom Night remake) here craft a slightly less disposable, if still redundant, retread of another noteworthy chiller. Like the 1986 original, in which a paternal serial killer obsessively tries creating the perfect family unit, the film revolves around a creepily charismatic central performance. Terry O'Quinn (TV's Lost) is replaced by Nip/Tuck's Dylan Walsh, whose mercurial personality changes and icy delivery as David Harris keep the basic scares fairly watchable. As David tricks his way into the family of suspicious eldest son Michael (Penn Badgley), only the addition of modern technology (texts, Google etc) and an unnecessary focus on Michael's relationship with his hot girlfriend (a mostly half-clothed Amber Heard) make this anything more than a virtual facsimile of the first film. But without the dark Reagan-era satire or frighteningly inverted family values that made the original so memorable, McCormick's lacklustre reboot is just another indistinguishable psycho thriller.
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Cast List:
David Harris : Dylan Walsh
Susan Harding : Sela Ward
Michael Harding : Penn Badgley
Kelly Porter : Amber Heard
Jay : Jon Tenney
Leah : Sherry Stringfield
Jackie Kerns : Paige Turco
Mrs Cutter : Nancy Linehan Charles
Detective Shay : Marcuis Harris
Sean Harding : Braeden Lemasters

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