Is “The Stepfather” really considered a horror movie? The 1987 original was about a crazed dad (played by Terry O’Quinn) who goes around marrying single moms with kids in hopes of raising his perfectly family, but always seems to end up killing them. The original spawned two sequels, with the last one being part 3 in 1992. As I recall (and I could be wrong), the originals were mostly hack-and-slash movies, more in line with the slashers of the genre. The remake will take a more “Hitchcock-style thriller” approach to the story, and will star Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck) as the titular stepfather, who marries Sela Ward’s single mom, then has to deal with Ward’s son, played by Penn Badgley, who suspects that his new stepfather may not be who he claims to be.
Here’s the plot of the original:
All about a “family values” man Jerry Blake who marries widows and divorcées with children in search of the perfect family. As soon as his new family members show signs of being human and not robots who will march unquestioningly to his tune, his dreams of domestic bliss begins to crumble, and he kills them. Then he alters his appearance, assumes an new identity, and skips to another town to begin the deadly ritual all over again. He marries Susan Maine, who sees him as the ideal surrogate father for her teenage daughter Stephanie, and is soon up to his old tricks when she proves too much of a troublesome teen to handle.
Nelson McCormick will direct the remake from a script by J.S. Cardone. Greg Mooradian and Mark Morgan of Maverick Films will produce.
Variety also says that Friday Night Lights star Adrianne Palicki is currently in negotiations to play the girlfriend of Penn Badgley’s character.