If you’re going to trade in the blood and guts for a PG-13 rating, at least make an exhilarating movie. The horror genre has diverged into two paths; the brutally gruesome and the suspenseful. The Stepfather clearly is going for the latter category, which would have been fine if it were in fact thrilling. The premise is strong and the characters are appealing but the movie is missing the one element that will garner it its audience, terror.
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October 18, 2009 at 2:25 am
Disagree with your two paths.
I think you’re giving too much credit to the genre. How about the lame and overplayed? That is a major category of today’s horror films…
October 18, 2009 at 3:10 am
There’s nothing wrong with the overplayed as long as it’s not lame. The reboot craze is fine by me as long as the material is entertaining. It might not be top quality, but sometimes just being a fun movie is good enough.