Wednesday, February 9, 2011
The Stepfather (2009)
Mom's (Sela Ward) new boyfriend, David (Dylan Walsh), isn't quite right and Michael knows it. A series of mysterious events leads the teen to suspect that David might in fact be a dangerous serial killer known for preying on families. Now, all he needs to do is gather evidence before it's too late. Nelson McCormick directs this spine-tingling remake of the 1987 thriller based on the real-life story of killer John Emil List.
It was nice to see a scary movie that was actually suspensful. I wouldn't say I got scared watching it, but I did jump on occasion when something happened that I didn't expect. It was very refreshing to see a scary movie that had NO sex and NO gore. Most horror movies today are not scary by any means. Being shocked by the violence and sadistic gore DOES NOT make a movie scary. Perhaps if production companies would actually use directors, writers, and actors that actually had some talent, they wouldn't have to use sensationalism and shock to sell their product.
I actually found many parts hilarious and I think that thrillers and horrors that of this type should have a sub-genre called comedy thrillers/horror. Once again another movie where someone makes an illogical and irrational choice by trusting a person who ends up being a psycho. All signs point to this person being unbalanced, but the main characters really don't notice it except for the troubled son who of course no one will believe. It takes getting hit smack dab in the face for the naive and trusting mother and girlfriend to realize somethings not right. Not a great movie... pretty predictable and unoriginal, but I enjoyed it.