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The Stepfather (2009)

PG-13 | | Crime, Thriller | 16 October 2009 (USA)
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Michael Harding (Penn Badgely) returns home from military school to find his mother Susan (Sela Ward) happily in love and living with her new boyfriend David (Dylan Walsh). As the two men get to know each other, he becomes more and more suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand.

Director:

Nelson McCormick

Writers:

J.S. Cardone (screenplay), Donald E. Westlake (earlier screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dylan Walsh ... David Harris
Sela Ward ... Susan Harding
Penn Badgley ... Michael Harding
Amber Heard ... Kelly Porter
Sherry Stringfield ... Leah
Paige Turco ... Jackie Kerns
Jon Tenney ... Jay
Nancy Linehan Charles ... Mrs. Cutter
Marcuis Harris ... Detective Shay
Braeden Lemasters ... Sean Harding
Deirdre Lovejoy ... Detective Tylar
Skyler Samuels ... Beth Harding
Blue Deckert ... Captain Mackie
Jason Wiles ... Dylan Bennet
Kara Ortiz ... Real Estate Assistant (as Kara Briola)
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Storyline

Michael Harding (Penn Badgely) returns home from military school to find his mother Susan (Sela Ward) happily in love and living with her new boyfriend, David (Dylan Walsh). As the two men get to know each other, Michael becomes more and more suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand. Is he really the man of her dreams or could David be hiding a dark side?

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Daddy's home. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing images, mature thematic material and brief sensuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The Stepfather (1987) was loosely based on John List, a New Jersey accountant who murdered his family in November 1971 and disappeared. He was found nearly eighteen years later living under an alias when his neighbor recognized him on America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back (1988) and reported it to the Police. See more »

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Mother and girlfriend are at the hospital and have already been taken care of before Michael shows up on a stretcher. See more »

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[first lines]
Leah: One female in her late 30s, three minors. Multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma.
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Alternate Versions

Unrated version was released on Region 1 DVD and Region A Blu-ray. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever (2012) See more »

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Secret Things
Written and Performed by Ken Andrews
Courtesy of Dinosaur Fight Records
By Arrangement with Coda Music Inc.
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Average remake full of suspense , thrills and gory killings
2 May 2011 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A meek-looking guy man named David Harris (Dylan Wash)marries widows and divorcées with children in search of the perfect family. As soon as his new family members show signs of being human and not robots who will march unquestioningly to his tune, his dreams of domestic bliss begin to crumble, and he murders them. Then he alters his appearance, assumes a new identity, and skips to another town to begin the deadly ritual all over again. He attempts to marry Susan Harding (Sela Ward) , who sees him as the ideal surrogate father for his sons , and he is soon up to his old tricks when she proves to be too much of a troublesome young son Michael (Penn Badgley) to handle. As Michael goes back home from military school to find his mother falling in love and living with her new love interest . As both of them get to know each other, he along with his father (Jon Tenney) become more and more suspicious of the person who is always there with a helpful hand .

Exciting thriller has well-cast Dylan Walsh who manages to deliver a good performance as a family-values man in search of the perfect little family but he results to be a psycho who eventually erupts into violence. But Amber Heard steals the spectacle showing a breathtaking bikini playing as son's girlfriend . The film turns out to be an inferior remake from successful original ¨The stepfather¨ (1987) by Joseph Ruben with Terry O'Quinn , Jill Schoelen, and Shelley Hack that was followed by other two follow-up as ¨ Stepfather 2¨ (1989) by Jeff Burr again with Terry O' Quinn , along with Meg Foster and Jonathan Brandis and ¨Stepfather 3¨ . Rating : 5,5 ; acceptable and passable .


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

16 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stepfather 4 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,581,586, 18 October 2009

Gross USA:

$29,062,561

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,198,531
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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