I'm pretty sure I'm with everyone else, on this page, when I say it's about time!
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!