“The Stepfather” gets a facelift!

Variety reports that NIP/TUCK star Dylan Walsh will headline Screen Gems’ remake of the 1987 chiller THE STEPFATHER. It was loosely based on the real-life case of family annihilator John List, who murdered his wife, mother, and three stepchildren in their suburban New Jersey home in 1971. The original film starred LOST’s Terry O’Quinn as Jerry Blake, a serial killer who marries into established families, tries to mold them to his ideas of perfection, and if they resist, murders them and moves on to the next potentially “ideal” family. Shelly Hack (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) and Jill Schoelen (POPCORN) co-starred, and two sequels were spawned — although O’Quinn bowed out after Part II. Sela Ward (THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW) will play the new object of Walsh’s affection, while Penn Badgely (JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE) plays a distaff version of Schoelen’s stepchild. Filming begins next Spring, with Nelson McCormick directing from a script by J.S. Cardone. This is the pair’s second horror retread for Screen Gems, having just completed a PROM NIGHT remake that opens April 11, 2008.

About the Author

Dan Cziraky

DAN CZIRAKY’s interest in science-fiction and horror began at an early age. He remembers seeing 1931’s DRACULA on TV when he was only three years old! He fondly remembers watching original, first-run episodes of STAR TREK, DARK SHADOWS, and KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER. Cziraky has amassed a vast collection of science-fiction, horror, fantasy, and mystery books and videos. He has turned this knowledge into a career as a horror/sci-fi movie expert, writing reviews and articles for Cinefantastique, Imagi-Movies, Toxic Horror, The Phantom of the Movies’ VideoScope, HORROR: The Newsmagazine of the Horror & Dark Fantasy Fields, Anime-Fantastique, Castle Rock: The Official Stephen King Newsletter, Femme Fatales, Visions, Draculina, Dark Muse, SPFX, Horror Biz, and Scream Queens Illustrated. He was a member of the Joe Bob Briggs Board of Drive-In Experts: Horror Committee, from 1995-97. He was a columnist and critic for both Fandom.com and Cinescape Online. He also writes STAR WARS action figure reviews for swCollector.com and "The Grumpy Old Toy Collector" column for BanthaSkull.com. Today, Cziraky makes his home in North Carolina.

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