"The Stepfather" is actually OK. It's nothing special though. It was a fun time at the theater and there was a good amount of tension.
The stepfather, played by Dylan Walsh, was very good. He was a very convincing killer, changing from lovable to crazy to deadly. If his performance wasn't done well, the movie would not work.
Amber Heard played the girlfriend of the eldest son. She is pretty popular these days. I don't really like her though. She was kind of boring and just seemed kind of slutty.
My biggest problem with the movie is that we know the stepfather is a killer right from the get go. I feel it would have been much more thrilling if the film began with what seemed like a nice, loving family and the stepfather slowly becomes evil. It would have been much more effective.
I have never seen the original version of "The Stepfather", so I can not compare the two. This version ended up being pretty good, but it had its problems. The film reminded me of "The Amityville Horror", but without the ghosts.
B- I recommend it.