Stepfather [Blu-ray] [Import]
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Item Type: DVD Movie
Item Rating: R
Street Date: 06/15/10
Wide Screen: yes
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However, in contrast to the other review for this film, I have to mention he did NOT appear in Part 3. And that's why it sucked :)
Oh, and because I'm on Amazon.ca, I will mention - Stepfather was filmed in Canada, Vancouver I believe but I'm not sure, and features many actors besides O'Quinn who would feature in Chris Carter productions. The first one to spring to mind is a man who works for the Police who played the First Elder in The X-Files. X-Files, and Millennium, were both filmed in Vancouver too, you see :)
Terry O'Quinn as the Stepfather gives a stellar performance as a nutcase case walking the thin line between reality and psycho. The movie takes you inside the head of someone obsessed with creating a Rockwell fantasy world.
So go on then.... whistle a few bars of Camptown Races & create a dream family to die for!!!
Limited release in theatres when it first came out without much hype so it went straight to VHS where it became a cult classic and thats where i discovered it, in the Horror section along with the likes of Nightmare on Elm Street, Slaughter High, April Fools Day, Friday the 13th and more..
Even though it is classified as a Horror Film and there is alot of violence and blood...i wouldnt put it as a horror, more as a suspenseful thriller but whatever...it does what it's supposed to do...play with your emotions, get you really stressed & makes you jump, but what it really does so well...is that it keeps you glued to the screen to know whats going to happen next.
Terry O'Queen (From Lost) is amazing as "The Stepfather"...a kind and friendly man who can turn into a psycho at the flick of a switch...but the acting is so good that you could see him as both a loving father and a murderer...just a great performance, too bad he didnt get enough praise for it during that time, lets hope that the re-release of this film will give him the credit he deserved!
Of course, the release of this film is of course to cash in on the 2009 remake but whatever, nothing can compare to the original...watch it, you wont be disapointed!
Worth Noting: There was also a part 2 which was still not bad but not great, thank god for another fine performance from O'Queen and yes, believe it or not...Stepfather 3 was released as well 1-2 years later...still with O'Queen, but i think he was sick at that point of doing these sequels and it showed..and it just was a bad film all together...surprised it did not get released along with the first two...maybe one day!
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I'm a huge scarry movie fan, and I must admit, I'm a bit partial to the older films, than most of what comes out today.
That being said, If your seeking a real tale of fright, this is your movie. It's funny, everytime you get together with people & talk about scarry movies, "The Stepfather" is either always the last one mentioned, or not mentioned at all; and I can't, for the life of me, understand why.
It's an original story, not like other scarry movies where the storyline is being used for the 100th time. This movie has everything you could want in a horror film. It has the right elements of atmosphere, music,suspense, character development, and just the right amount of the red stuff . . . without going overboard! I haven't seen many films that actually bring these key elements together just right, and this one does it right. There are a couple of comical moments, as is usual, but for the most part, this film is dark, serious, and means business.
Maybe that's it, maybe it's to real for people to accept.
I promise,when watching this one, you will not be leaving in the middle of the film for extra soda & popcorn!
Why? Because I knew because of this we were finally gonna get the original Stepfather on DVD. This movie for me was one of those rare times I came home late put on cable an caught the opening scene without knowing what this movie was called or what it was about. Isn't that great when that happens? Your thinking what is this? Then he walked down those stairs passed the bodies and blood and out the door, I was glued to my TV from that moment on. This has been one of my favorites ever since. You know what else is wonderful about this movie, the cinematography,the look and feel of this picture. The neighborhood,the fall,the leaves,trees, the homes the street the lighting. I wish this were coming out on Blu Ray, hey maybe.
Till this day no matter how many times I've seen it I still get soooo humorously annoyed with JIM OGILVIE. He does this incredible job of tracking Jerry down. He knows the damn house he lives in now, walks in the door with his gun in his pocket lol and then is shocked to see him with blood on him.
What a boob! That and the sound of the phone hitting Shelly Hacks face still makes me cringe. Great writing, great directing, and wonderful acting,this film is scary yet so warm and inviting. You actually feel sorry for this lunatic. Must Have!
The Stepfather's only shortcomings are not doing more with the Jerry Blake character. He is so brilliant that you don't want the movie to end and it leaves you with a strong desire to see more of a backstory. The film does a good job of explaining what's going on which sets up its scenes effectively. However, it would've been awesome to see more of O'Quinn, instead of the plot just being set up by references.
Shout Factory does a solid job with the blu ray release. However, it does not appear to be remastered. It is pricey, but I felt it was a must for my collection. It also includes an interesting documentary on the making of the film.
All in all, I'd recommend this to anyone older than 16. The foul language is minimal. The violence is gruesome in spots, but not over the top, and it feels like just enough to effectively execute certain scenes. There is a very brief sex scene containing no nudity that I feel would be teen safe. However, there is a later scene of nudity that I definitely would not want my children or teen to see.