Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Psycho Killer Dad Does It Again

What exactly can be said about this utterly worthless, completely dull, and comically clumsy remake of the 1987 cult thriller? Only that’s it’s a total waste of 101 minutes and $11.00. David Harris, the homicidal nutcase, goes around marrying what he imagines to be perfect families –or families he can make “perfect”. When the family doesn’t meet his standards he casually kills them and moves on to the next one. That’s about it. Characters get startled but you don’t. You wait for everyone to realize what we figured out long ago –that Mr. Harris kills people- and Substitute Dad keeps coming back like an energizer zombie leaving you to question why the heck you went to the movies in the first place.

The main actor, Dylan Walsh from Nip Tuck, should’ve been a warning the movie would suck but the trailer actually looked convincing. After the first scene there’s not much surprise about where the movie is going. Harris is smart enough to cover his tracks after his last family killing but stupid enough to forget basic details of his fake back story, not erase a computer’s browser history, offer lies that can be easily checked by others, and build suspicious cabinets in the basement. Serial killers should seriously watch serial-killer movies.

Harris becomes engaged to divorcee Susan Harding (Sela Ward) less than six months after meeting her at the supermarket. When her son Michael (Penn Badgley) returns from military school things begin to slowly take off as he and his girlfriend, who were obviously cast for their hot bodies because they were naked half the time, begins to question the actions of Michael’s soon-to-be stepfather. When the less than perfect family begins to annoy Harris, his incomprehensible evilness mixed with complete idiocy begin to surface yet again.

The characters clearly have the Obviously Next Victim Syndrome. What else would explain the old lady who crosses the street to tell Susan that her fiancée looks like the man on America’s Most Wanted? Or the fact that Susan’s sister, who is also suspicious of Harris, feels the need to fish an umbrella out of her pool with a metal hook during a thunder storm instead of getting to the airport already for her Hawaii vacation? Somebody apparently forgot to read The Psycho Killer Manuel. In the end you’re left wondering what the point of this movie was and if you could possibly get a refund. Seriously, don’t waste your time.

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed The Stepfather- this was just as a great as the first. Dylan Walsh did a great job filling the shoes of Terry O'Quinn