The Stepfather (2009)
Michael Harding (Penn Badgley) returns home from military school to find his mother (Sela Ward) happily in love and living with her new boyfriend, David (Dylan Walsh). As the two men get to know each other, Michael becomes more and more suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand. Is he really the man of her dreams or could David be hiding a dark side?
There is not much gore in this film and although there is some blood, it is more often trickles of blood rather than flowing blood. Yet it tends to be a violent film with a lot of scenes like the one which features a character using a shard of glass on another character, the suffocation of characters, including a man drowning a woman, and a character walking around the corpses of his murdered family. Also, one doesn’t have to watch the film very long and the clues and evidence immediately point to a certain member of the family who seems to change from loving and charming to a deadly rage, just waiting to add another murder to his list. So there’s not much mystery either.
At any rate, the language is strong in the film along with a lot of frightening moments and some violent ones as well. We therefore cannot recommend this movie for family viewing or award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.