The Stepfather Blu-ray repeats the original’s great opening: a man is doing the usual getting ready for work stuff including having peanut butter toast and a cup of coffee and then you see a dead young boy at the breakfast table. The strong opening is what gets you through the next sixty five or so minutes before the man, now part of a new family, starts killing again. This remake based on a Donald Westlake novel is not really the splatter feature the trailer suggests it is and not much of a thriller. The last few minutes are pretty decent splatter wise though.
The Stepfather is not quite your usual killer horror movie as its premise is those happy family flicks. Dylan Walsh is very good as David Harris, showing the character’s seductive charm and giving just the right hint of his insanity. Sela Ward, as the mother of Harris’s latest reconstituted family is basically a waste but the character didn’t have much in the first place. Penn Bagdley plays the son. Michael is home from military school and the stepfather fails to seduce him.
The prerequisite bikini babe is Michael’s girlfriend.
In an age where everybody takes pictures all the time you must not ask too many questions with The Stepfather as to how come the police only have a composite drawing to go on when looking for Harris’ past identity.
The Stepfather Blu-ray is the unrated director’s cut. This means you get the power saw scene. Special features are the same as on the DVD: a commentary track, a couple of featurettes, and a gag reel.