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The Stepfather -- When a teenager returns home from military school, he begins to suspect his mother's new boyfriend is not the charming man he appears to be in this riveting, psychological thriller.
The Stepfather -- Michael Harding (Badgley) returns from military school to find his mother (Ward) living with her new boyfriend, David (Walsh). As the two men get to know each other, Michael becomes suspicious of the man in his mother's life: Is he really the man of her dreams, or could David be hiding a dark side?
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Writers (WGA):
J.S. Cardone (screenplay)
Donald E. Westlake (earlier screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 October 2009 (USA) See more »
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Michael returns home from military school to find his mother happily in love and living with her new boyfriend. As the two men get to know each other, he becomes more and more suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dylan Walsh ... David Harris

Sela Ward ... Susan Harding

Penn Badgley ... Michael Harding

Amber Heard ... Kelly Porter

Sherry Stringfield ... Leah

Paige Turco ... Jackie Kerns

Jon Tenney ... Jay

Nancy Linehan Charles ... Mrs. Cutter

Marcuis Harris ... Detective Shay

Braeden Lemasters ... Sean Harding

Deirdre Lovejoy ... Detective Tylar

Skyler Samuels ... Beth Harding

Blue Deckert ... Captain Mackie

Jason Wiles ... Dylan Bennet

Kara Ortiz ... Real Estate Assistant (as Kara Briola)

Jessalyn Gilsig ... Julie King
Cathy Schenkelberg ... Waitress

David Guzzone ... Male Buyer

Amandah Reyne ... Woman Buyer

Carmen Mormino ... Taxi Driver

Todd Cosgrove ... Mailman
Tracey Costello ... Mrs. Rivers

Cheryl Anderson ... Older Woman

Pride Grinn ... Car Salesman
Sean Moran ... Gus / Hardware Clerk
Jack Chang ... Cell Phone Clerk
Savannah Levin ... Lisa Bennet
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Savannah Lathem ... Murdered Child (uncredited)

Nicole Michele Sobchack ... Mrs. Bennet (uncredited)

Vitaliy Versace ... FBI Agent (uncredited)

Directed by
Nelson McCormick 
Writing credits
J.S. Cardone (screenplay)

Donald E. Westlake (earlier screenplay)

Carolyn Lefcourt (story) (as Carolyn Starin) &
Brian Garfield (story) and
Donald E. Westlake (story)

Produced by
J.S. Cardone .... executive producer
Jay Dykes .... co-producer
Robert O. Green .... executive producer (as Robert Green)
Julie Meldal-Johnsen .... executive producer
Greg Mooradian .... producer
Mark Morgan .... producer
Guy Oseary .... executive producer
Meredith Zamsky .... executive producer
Original Music by
Charlie Clouser 
Cinematography by
Patrick Cady (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Eric L. Beason 
Casting by
Lisa London 
Catherine Stroud 
Production Design by
Steven J. Jordan 
Art Direction by
Tim Eckel 
Set Decoration by
Julieann Getman 
Costume Design by
Lyn Paolo  (as Lyn Elizabeth Paolo)
Makeup Department
Bernadette Beauvais .... key makeup artist
Stacey K. Black .... department head hair stylist
Stephanie A. Fowler .... makeup department head (as Stephanie Fowler)
Christopher Allen Nelson .... special makeup effects artist
Mary Gail Stultz .... key hair stylist (as Mary Stultz)
Rebecca Wachtel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Yoli Poropat .... production supervisor
Meredith Zamsky .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ingrid K. Behrens .... second second assistant director
James Moran .... first assistant director: second unit
James Moran .... second assistant director
Marc Newland .... day player second second assistant director
Jaysene Overton .... dga trainee
Michael Lee Phillips Jr. .... first assistant director (as Michael Phillips)
Mike Smith .... second unit director
Art Department
Max E. Brehme .... property master
Marc Martin Del Campo .... set dresser
James Diggs .... lead painter
Jay Dupuy .... plaster department head
Francesco Ferrara .... painter
Meg Harker .... art department coordinator
Nick P. Higgins .... set dresser
Bryan Lane .... set designer
Michael V. Maurice .... set dresser
Lyle Maves .... plasterer foreman
Ryan James McGrath .... design assistant
Barbara Mesney .... set designer
Brieann Rich .... construction medic
Trevor A. Rudolph .... set dresser (as Trevor Rudolph)
Christopher Schultz .... assistant property master
Andrew Settle .... assistant property master
Jenna Sylvester .... buyer
Gregg Szabo .... gang boss
Sean Leroy West .... set dresser
Debra Wilbur .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Scott Cannizzaro .... adr engineer
Anthony J. Ciccolini III .... supervising sound editor
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer: New York
Craig Dollinger .... boom operator
Rickley W. Dumm .... sound effects editor
Linda Folk .... adr supervisor
Aaron Grice .... utility sound
Vincent Guisetti .... foley artist
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... sound re-recording mixer
Susan Ham .... sound editorial assistant
Eric Harwood .... sound recordist
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Pamela Kahn .... foley artist
Craig Kyllonen .... adr mixer
Steven Morrow .... sound mixer
Kyle Rochlin .... foley mixer
Greg P. Russell .... sound re-recording mixer
Lynn Sable .... assistant sound editor
Ric Schnupp .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
John Frazier .... effects consultant
Chris Jones .... special effects technician
Jonathan Kombrinck .... special effects
Jeffrey A. Wischnack .... special effects foreman
Visual Effects by
Akemi Abe .... main titles
Dave Isaac Santos Abuel .... digital compositor
Casey Allen .... senior flame artist
Spencer Armajo .... flame artist
Raoul Bolognini .... visual effects producer
Kristen Branan .... head of production: Zoic Studios
Charles Bunnag .... digital matte artist
Stephen Chiu .... visual effects coordinator
Trent Claus .... flame artist
Nicolas Donel .... visual effects artist
Matthew G. Donnan .... junior compositor
Steve Graves .... digital artist
Brandy Handelman .... junior compositor
Diana Hinek .... digital compositor
Travis Wade Ivy .... digital compositor
Thomas Nittmann .... visual effects producer: lola visual effects
Brian Nugent .... Flame artist
Robert Olsson .... digital compositor
Nicholas Onstad .... digital compositor
Nathan Overstrom .... digital compositor
Rocco Passionino .... visual effects supervisor
Bethany Pederson Onstad .... digital compositor (as Bethany Pederson)
Jeremiah Sweeney .... Flame artist: Lola VFX
Edson Williams .... visual effects supervisor: lola visual effects
Kazuyoshi Yamagiwa .... Flame artist: Lola VFX
Roy Yang .... digital compositor (as Jianru Yang)
Ryan Zuttermeister .... associate visual effects producer: Lola Visual Effects
Jeffrey Evans .... digital artist (uncredited)
Casey Adams .... utility stunts
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts
Dickey Beer .... stunts
Stacey Carino .... stunt double: Paige Turco
Sean Christopher .... utility stunts
Anthony Molinari .... stunt double: John Tenny
Pat Romano .... stunt rigger
Mike Smith .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Ross Addiego .... dolly/crane operator
Jose F. Barrios .... rigging grip
Lauren Blair .... electrician (as Lauren Fitton)
Davie Carothers .... first assistant camera: second unit
Carlos DePalma .... key rigging grip
Kevin Fahey .... rigging grip best boy
Michael FitzMaurice .... aerial camera
Tom Gleason .... first assistant camera
Peter Graf .... aerial camera system tech cineflex
Matt Horochowski .... dolly grip
Chris Hults .... lighting technician
Lee Jordan .... additional second assistant camera
Derrick Kolus .... gaffer
David Leite .... best boy grip: second unit
Lynn Lockwood .... camera operator
Marcos O. Lopez .... first assistant camera
Keith Mentze .... grip
Darby Newman .... second assistant camera
Seth Orozco .... second assistant camera: second unit
Hernan Otaño .... director of photography: second unit (as Hernan Michael Otaño)
Chad Persons .... camera operator
Ron Provenzano .... set lighting technician
Jason Sachse .... lighting technician
Mark Sadler .... rigging gaffer
Diego Sanchez .... grip
Liam Sinnott .... b-camera second assistant
Robert Sterry .... digital video assist operator
Don Telles .... rigging grip
Scott Toland .... lighting technician
Eddie Tucker .... rigging best boy electric
Kenny Tucker .... lighting technician
Winona Wacker .... film loader
Adam Ward .... additional photography
Chuck Zlotnick .... still photographer
Casting Department
Tanya Cioffari .... extras casting
Benjamin G. Malbrough .... casting associate
Lauren Stamm .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lisa Eisler .... assistant costume designer
Laurel Frushour .... set costumer
Herman Hudson Jr. .... set costumer
Christopher Koelsch .... set costumer
Deanna Soria .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Marlena Brown .... post-production assistant
Tricia Chiarenza .... color timer
Scott Gregory .... digital film colorist
Michael L. Holland .... digital intermediate producer
Frank Pass .... colorist
Bart Rachmil .... first assistant editor
David Reale .... first assistant editor
Reza Amidi .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Benjamin Sutor .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Darin Wooldridge .... additional digital colorist: Technicolor (uncredited)
Music Department
Jaclyn Newman Dorn .... assistant music editor
Michael Friedman .... music supervisor
Lee Scott .... music editor
Michael Wandmacher .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Rupert Cole .... transportation dispatcher
Jay Fulton .... driver
Teresa Haney .... transportation
Alan Kaminsky .... driver
Kelly Murphy .... transportation
John Orlebeck .... transportation coordinator
William R. Peck .... driver
John Siedenburg .... driver
John F. Teeple .... driver
Christopher Weippert .... driver
Other crew
Philip Banks .... production assistant
Armando Boquiren .... assistant location manager
Jody Braun .... assistant to cast
Randin Brown .... production assistant
Elida Cerda .... key medic
John Charles .... software manager: Sony DAC
B.J. Farmer .... production assistant
Tim Farrands .... layout board
Matt Fuller .... assistant: Mr. McCormick (as Matthew Fuller)
Danny Giles .... second director assistant
Adam Green .... production assistant
Wes Hagan .... key assistant location manager/scout
Michael Haro .... location manager
Rich Heichel .... assistant location manager
Mark Hochman .... computer and video playback supervisor
Mackenzie Horras .... production assistant
Lindsay Hudson .... medic
Lynn Johnson .... set medic
Simeon Jones .... production assistant
Lorna Jean Katz .... stand-in
Craig Langus .... production assistant
Cary Sato Lee .... craft service
Jamie Lieberman .... assistant: Glenn S. Gainor
Drew Lindo .... office production assistant
Andrew Lipschultz .... unit publicist/epk producer
Heather Longerbeam .... production secretary
Amber Mazzamuto .... assistant: Mr. Morgan and Mr. Mooradian
Meredith Meade .... production coordinator
Yvette Metoyer .... assistant: Ms. Zamsky
Diane H. Newman .... script supervisor
Frédéric North .... aerial coordinator
Michael Rich .... production assistant
Rick Roesch .... payroll accountant
Jordan Romano .... production assistant
Jill Rosenblatt .... production accountant
Elyse Rosenfield .... production assistant (as Elyse Punia)
Nick Rufca .... assistant production coordinator (as Nicholas Rufca)
Charlie E. Scott Jr. .... key craft service
Tim Seitter .... production assistant
E. Thompson .... production executive
Christina Hwang .... title producer (uncredited)
Jesse Rosenblatt .... legal services: rights (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing images, mature thematic material and brief sensuality
101 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 | Germany:16 | Ireland:15A | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Peru:14 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #44268)

Did You Know?

Dylan Walsh, Jessalyn Gilsig, and director Nelson McCormick all worked on the FX show Nip/Tuck. Gilsig also worked with McCormick on his previous remake Prom Night (2008).See more »
Revealing mistakes: (at around 1h 15 mins) When Susan (the mum) tells David that she's going to drop the kids off at a friends place, the daughter Beth looks over at film crew and/or director.See more »
[first lines]
Leah:One female in her late 30s, three minors. Multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma.
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Movie Connections:
References Psycho (1960)See more »
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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Overlooked, fantastic thriller, 22 February 2010
Author: meriles_stephen from United States

I have to say, after seeing a lot of reviews of this movie, I can honestly say that I'm a little perplexed. A lot of them seem to believe this is some kind of Lifetime movie, some call it a typical dumbed-down teen thriller and I saw one reviewer call it a call back to old horror titillation, and I'm surprised and that this film is neither of those. In fact, it's the exact opposite. While some Lifetime thirllers revolve around a woman who is being tortured by her abusive husband, who'm she must try to escape from his evil man-grasp, this film is actually about the older son of the family who tries to prove to his mother that her boyfriend is evil, much to the mother's (understandable) denial. It's not a teen revenge movie about a kid who trying to rail against the new guy in his life who (for some unexplained reason) is evil. It's a film about domestic life and show's you every minute of what's happening with both the son and the stepfather, explaining every happening and soaking up all the tension between them, with the only exposure to his teen life his girlfriend, who serves less as his flat love interest to escape to and more like his straight-man who calls him about on an obsession based on a (though correct) simple distrust. Speaking of which, the reviewer who said this was all about the skin and sex appeal must have been pretty prudish, because I think there's about one scene which focuses about them making out, and it's pretty tame as far as thrillers go. She spends most of movie in her bikini, but it's never the focus of any shot. The character's are an oddity in film today, as they're likable for the most part, and when they aren't, it's understandable. This especially odd for the teen couple, who seem intelligent and more than one note. The stepfather is affable, and pulls off the charming part well for the most part, seeming just like the stepdad you've always wanted. He commits murders throughout the movie, but if they never showed any before the end the only thing you would suspect is that the son is obsessed...except for the blasting soundtrack, which I'll admit eases up toward the middle. There's no campiness or over-the-topness in the movie, and everything is done in a realistic fashion, enough to say that if someone was this smart and charming, this could happen to you. It's a bit anti-climatic at times, but otherwise keep you satisfied through out the film.

This is a thriller/horror movie that keeps up with the times. It's not like horror movies today that seem to forget they're not in the 70's, making advances in technology into huge plot holes or underestimates the intelligence of today's people, whether the characters or the audience. Rather it uses those advances to it's advantage and perfectly measures the logic and understanding of people today, sometimes using it to add relief or tighten suspense. It takes everything you knows about thillers, and while it doesn't turn them all around or revolutionize anything, it at least stays away from the stereotypes or make the standard tropes less tired It's not some kind of Lifetime movie of the week, or MTV Award bait, or even one of those David Loughery faux-thrillers; what this is a tight scripted, well-acted, truly suspenseful film that keeps you guessing, if you can predict what already happens. I recommend a lot of movies, but if your a horror or suspense fan and you've at least okay with the remakes of films like Friday the 13th or My Bloody Valentine, you have to go see this movie! It will amaze you in how they keep everything fresh and tense!

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