The Stepfather

Music By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Seems like everyone these days is remaking the horror films that scared the crap out of us as kids.  This time around it’s The Stepfather, a 2009 remake of the 1987 thriller about a serial killer.  The original film starred Terry O’Quinn in the killer role.  The new film.  The 2009 remake stars Dylan Walsh as David Harris, a man that military school student Michael Harding (Penn Badgley) comes home to discover has somehow gotten his mother (Sela Ward) to fall in love with.  Michael is suspicious of Harris and, apparently so is everyone else as Harris seems to be almost too perfect.  By the time Michael, his family and friends finally discover the truth about David Harris, it may be too late.

            The soundtrack of The Stepfather features various artists such as Mutemath, Hoobastank, Drew Smith, Red Means Go, Seether, Filter and more.  The soundtrack is set in the rock genre, specifically designed to pump up your adrenaline as the background music for the thriller movie.

            I listened to The Stepfather Soundtrack in my car and I must say that this thirteen track (ominous number for a movie like this, no?) album is definitely rocking.  I found myself bobbing my head to the music, playing air guitar at the traffic lights and wanting to go a bit too fast along the highways.  In addition to pumping things up, each song tells us a little bit about the movie and its various characters.  Each song seems to define either moments in the film or the feelings of its characters.  The last track, Happy Together, is a terrifically creepy version of the The Turtles song performed by Filter.  Who knew that such a sweet and happy song could be turned into something so creepy and worthy of a serial killer film.

            The Stepfather Soundtrack meets all of my criteria for a great soundtrack album.  As background music for a thriller film, it fits the genre perfectly.  As a stand alone, this album is a rocking good time.  Any fan of hard rock will be happy to add The Stepfather Soundtrack to their rock collection.  I’ll definitely be adding this soundtrack to my vast collection!


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