Timed to coincide with the release of a remake starring Nip/Tuck’s Dylan Walsh, the original The Stepfather is finally out on DVD. The original had its theatrical run back in 1987 and is considered a cult classic—fans have been clamoring for a DVD release. They’ve got a point. The Stepfather is a classic horror film, creepy, atmospheric and piss-your-pants scary in certain moments. It stars Terry O’Quinn, who plays the slightly buggy John Locke on Lost. Here he is more than slightly buggy, he is in fact a certifiable psycho, wound so tightly that the guy just can’t help exploding every so often. Jill Schoelen plays the damsel-in-distress/adversary and she does a credible, engaging job. This film has many of the obligatory touches of the typical ’80s era slasher film: madman wielding a knife, useless law enforcement, synth-heavy soundtrack, gratuitous nude shower scene—but it presents them in such an entertaining, clever way you’ll be glad you watched. It’s much better than other movies of its type that achieved larger renown and if the filmmakers on the new version put together something half as good they’ll have achieved something special.
The Stepfather, Shout! Factory. 89 min. Rated R. List Price $19.99. Releases Oct 13th.