When recently divorced Susan meets David Harris at the local grocery store, the two quickly get along very well and after a short while, the always helpful David moves in with Susan and her kids. When Susan’s son Michael comes home from military school for the holidays and finds David living there, he’s quite surprised but at first doesn’t think much of it as David seems the perfect husband and father. As time passes by, however, Michael starts noticing some strange behaviour from David and when he starts digging in his soon-to-be stepfather’s past, it becomes clear that David isn’t quite who he says he is.
Sound and Vision:
The Blu-ray has a solid look with good amount of detail and a fine layer of grain that gives it more a movie-like experience instead of the looks of a TV show. We get good textures and clear images that perfectly show Amber Heard in bikini.
The sound is decent but doesn’t impress. Technically there’s nothing wrong with it, but the soundtrack itself is rather bland and just does the bare minimum of what’s necessary.
- Audio commentary track
- Open House: Making the Film
- Visualizing the Stunts
- Gag Reel
- Movie IQ
A couple of boring and uninteresting extras of which the biggest highlight is finding out the director wanted to remake the original because it was on some list of scariest movies ever.
The Stepfather is a remake of the 1987 movie with the same name which starred Terry O’Quinn (John Locke from Lost). The original was a cult classic and had quite a few fans which apparently resulted in the movie being listed somewhere as one of the scariest movies ever. Director Nelson McCormick had never heard of it but after seeing the list mentioned above he thought it would be a great idea to remake the original and here we are.
The result of this is a rather boring and uninspired movie that actually only has one thing going for it: Amber Heard running around in bikini. For the rest we get a rather thin storyline, flat characters and hardly any tension or suspense. Truly a run-of-the-mill film that’s great proof as to why Hollywood should not be doing remakes of cult classics.
Everything that made the original so good has been tossed away and in exchange we get a stylized movie that follows every cliché in the book. If that’s what you like, then this Stepfather reboot is something you’ll definitely want to check out. If you look for something more then I would suggest checking out the original again.