Friday, June 18, 2010

The Stepfather - DVD Review


Starring Dylan Walsh, Sela Ward, Penn Badgeley, Amber Heard, Sherri Stringfield, Paige Turco and Jon Tenney.
Directed by Nelson McCormick.

Slick, functional, pointless remake of the 1987 movie that originally starred Lost's Terry O'Quinn. I kept going back to O'Quinn, and how his character desperately wanted to live happily ever after, but if little things didn't go his way, well, he had no choice...

Here, Walsh has balanced, calculating menace, but it's too high on the calculating, as though his entire plan is to be here for a set amount and then kill them all. And since his main nemesis is a muscular 18-year-old stepson, it's not really that scary.

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