Watch: The Stepfather 2009 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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?.
Plot: Michael Harding returns home from military school to find his mother happily in love and living with her new boyfriend, David. 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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Not a great film but I kinda sorta enjoyed it =)
I have a strict policy that states movies featuring either (a) a cat suddenly jumping out from a corner accompanied by an ominous sounding music chord or (b) a mirror that is empty of anyone but one character who turns away, then turns back and suddenly sees the killer in the mirror behind them…well these movies are only going to be so good. This movie has both, within about 60 seconds of each other. In spite of this, I have to say it’s really not all that bad. I’ve seen many people complaining about the lack of originality, but when you’re remaking a horror film from the 80’s, it’s almost inevitable that you’re going to give the audience something they’ve seen before. That wasn’t really bothersome to me though because the characters and anticipation overshadowed it for the most part.
Dylan Walsh plays the stepfather in a role that was actually likable for the first part of the film. He meets a single mom played by Sela Ward and all is picture perfect until her bad boy son comes home from military school. We only know he’s bad by the way because someone tells us. He’s a pretty normal, well adjusted kid considering that his dad is no longer around and his mother has engaged herself to a stranger in the span of 6 months. Far as I could tell, his behavior is still within normal range. It might have made for a more interesting film though if he really was a wild child.
So past that everyone knows what follows with the story. There is not a lot of gratuitous violence; even the killing scenes are low key which I don’t really mind. If anyone is looking for lots of gore and clever death shots, this is not the film for them. The excitement is in the buildup, the experience of the characters finding out for themselves who the stepfather really is; especially when you have the one obligatory character, in this case the wayward son, who seems to intuit everything about the man from the first time he sets eyes on him. That standard plot device, a character who has it all figured out and NO ONE will believe him, well it’s beyond old but it’s moderately effective here.
The mindless and unnecessary adolescent dialogue, together with the many gratuitous bikini shots of the son’s pale and too skinny girlfriend, tend to bring the quality of the film down. They were neither necessary nor helpful. But if you can look past that and the lack of originality (is it fair to expect that in this film really?) then you’ll find an adequate film that’s worth a couple hours of your time. I’ve seen much worse in the horror/thrillers in the past few years.
“Amber Heard’s Bikini”
…the real title of this film.
1) I checked two “user” reviews for this movie here on IMDb which were good/favorable towards this movie and they have NO OTHER COMMENT HISTORY! Or any history, of any kind, with IMDb.com. To me, that means these reviews are planted BY THE STUDIO, cast, or crew!
2) This comment contains no spoilers at all, for there is nothing about this film to spoil or give away, honest!
NO. That’s the first thing you should say to anyone who asks you to see this. Better yet, make another movie suggestion. Not even a hot date is worth taking to this because there will never be a second date and nothing is gonna happen after the date either!
Plot in a nutshell- Serial Killer looking for the “perfect family”, formerly troubled son returns home after 6 months away at a military school, is suspicious of his new stepfather, and shakes things up.
There are numerous things the writer and director could have done with this movie. My expectations were exceedingly low (the same dud-making-duo behind the 2008 “Prom Night” re-imagining) and were fulfilled.
Followers of the original cult classic will not find a remake or re-imagining but a different film with the title “The Stepfather” attached.
Almost every possible scenario which could have benefited this movie was either rushed, failed at during the execution, or left out entirely. Believe it or not, there isn’t even one decent scene where Mom and son have the “he’s a monster serial killer why are you marrying him?!?” fight. What the film is reduced to is us watching Amber Heard wear a new two-piece swimsuit every other scene while floating in the pool with the troubled son (no, I’m not even kidding), trying not to laugh at Sela Ward’s nose-job, ignoring the blatant homophobic references (“Meet him in the basement? for what?”) including the 12 year-old giggle factor of two women saying “I love you” to each other, and rushed kill scenes devoid of any true violence.
I did give this film 2 stars however. The first is for not being as bad as their “Prom Night” remake. The second is for making a film which will end both of their careers, more or less.
Let’s not pay Hollywood any more money to produce sanitized waste like this movie. Suggestion? Go see the “Last House on the Left” remake instead.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 41 min (101 min)
Genre Crime, Thriller
Director Nelson McCormick
Writer J.S. Cardone, Donald E. Westlake, Carolyn Lefcourt
Actors Penn Badgley, Dylan Walsh, Sela Ward
Country United States
Awards 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, SDDS, DTS
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex Gold II, Panavision Primo Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe (prints), Technicolor Digital Intermediates (digital intermediate), Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 500T 5219)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Kodak Vision 2383), D-Cinema