The Stepfather may not be an instantly recognizable 80’s movie. But The Stepfather was considered an underrated B-movie horror gem, as The Stepfather detailed how a nice, normal perfectionist stepfather would kill to keep his perfect world and family. These days, The Stepfather is just acclaimed enough, and just old enough, to get the remake treatment from Hollywood. The first trailer for the new Stepfather came out this week to hype it up.
The Stepfather 1987 version was about how a teenaged girl discovered the murderous habits of her mother’s new husband. In the 2009 version, it is a teenaged son, coming back from military school, who clashes with his mother’s new husband and discovers his blood lust.
The new, updated Stepfather is what seems like the billionth remake of a old horror movie. In recent years, the old classics like Halloween, Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Dawn of the Dead and Friday the 13’th have already gotten new updates and fresh kills. Nightmare on Elm Street is also due to get the remake treatment as well.
Aside from those standby horror classics, pretty much every semi-famous horror film and franchise from the 70’s and 80’s has been updated. The Amityville Horror, Prom Night, The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, and countless more B-movie horror favorites have gotten remakes. Several more horror tales are likely to be updated before this trend is over.
It is fitting that horror movies like The Stepfather get to be made again. After all, one of the central cliches of horror films is that the killer can never really be killed, and comes back despite all logic and reasoning. As such, movie killers that already ran their course keep coming back for a new generation.
In the case of The Stepfather, the killer isn’t a supernatural demon, but a regular man who wants a perfect, normal life – and will kill to ensure nothing interferes with it. Not even the family itself.
The original Stepfather has gotten a bit more attention over the last few years, mainly because of the actor who played the title character. Terry O’Quinn first broke out into cult stardom by playing the Stepfather, and went on to have supporting roles in many movies and TV shows. Of course, nowadays O’Quinn’s signature character is no longer The Stepfather, but John Locke, the recently deceased man of destiny on Lost.
O’Quinn’s shoes are now being filled by another TV veteran, Dylan Walsh from the slightly less insane Nip/Tuck. Sela Ward is his unlucky wife, with Penn Badgley as his meddlesome stepson.
The new Stepfather arrives with his latest doomed family on October 16.
YouTube- “The Stepfather Trailer HD” www.youtube.com/watch
Movie Maker- “Night of the Horror Remakes” www.moviemaker.com/producing/article/horror_remakes_friday_the_13th_last_house_on_the_left_20090203/