When a teenage boy (Penn Badgley) begins to suspect that his new stepfather (Dylan Walsh) is a notorious serial killer who preys on broken families, he races to gather the evidence that will back up his radical claim before it's too late. The 1987 thriller that shot Lost star Terry O'Quinn to cult stardom serves as inspiration for this remake penned by J.S. Cardone and directed by Nelson McCormick. Sela Ward, Jon Tenney, and Amber Heard co-star in a Screen Gems release.~Jason Buchanan
Commentary with Penn Badgley, Dylan Walsh and director Nelson McCormick
After watching the original again, I'm pleased to say that I enjoyed both versions of this film. Dylan Walsh is very creepy as the muderous s-father and the rest of the cast does a nice job. Nelson McCormick does a nice job as director even though to me he isn't trying to outdo Joe Ruben, the music by Charlie Clouser-SAW'S composer makes the mood as creepy. My only real complaint is only director's cut is buyable on DVD and you have no option for the PG-13 version, only the unrated. Some movies on DVD have given you the option between the unrated/ theatrical version-but not this one. Oh well. Before assuming that the remake isn't any good, give it a shot you may be surprised.