“The Stepfather” A Creepy Mess

Genres: Suspense/Horror, Thriller and Remake
Running Time: 1 hr. 41 min.
Release Date: October 16th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating:
PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing images, mature thematic material and brief sensuality.
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Directed by: Nelson McCormick
JJ Rating: D+

A divorced family having kids is a total attraction to the crazy man who likes to marry the mommy and kill the whole family. The Stepfather.

It wasn’t anything extraordinary. Three actors are worth mentioning: Amber Heard the girlfriend, Penn Badgley who was the older son and Dylan Walsh as the stepfather. They did a great job with their roles, as great as one could expect from such a poor film to begin with. Aside from that and the pretty cool looking poster, there’s not much to say that would be worth saying or complaining about.

The story was already done a few times before. Nothing too thrilling about a repeat storyline but it was creepy. Not what I was looking for when somewhat wanting to see the film. I wasn’t expecting much, though; which was good for my sanity.

The ending was obnoxious. It lacked any real semblance of reason, creativity and thriller movie magic. The whole movie lacked the thrilling aspect that makes a thriller fun. What it did have in spades was creepy, predictable and vapid. Not three things a film would want to take ownership of, especially with well known TV stars taking prime rolls in it. Don’t bother seeing this made for TV movie that coincidently has a few TV stars in it.

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