The Stepfather

October 19, 2009 by  
Filed under CineStrays

Starring: Dylan Walsh, Sela Ward, Penn Badgley
Directed by: Nelson McCormick (“Prom Night”)
Written by: J.S. Cardone (“Prom Night”)

Director Nelson McCormick and screenwriter J.S. Cardone reunite for “The Stepfather,” another horror/thriller remake after their disastrous attempt last year with “Prom Night.” As an updated version of the movie from 1987, which starred Terry O’Quinn as the disturbed daddy, “The Stepfather” ends up being a predictable thriller aims for the typical genre tricks. Here, actor Dylan Walsh (TV’s “Nip/Tuck”) spends most of his time scowling and popping up from behind doors and in mirrors. Unless you think the world revolves around Amber Heard (she’s in a bikini for 99 percent of her screen time), avoid this one at all costs.