YMMV / The Stepfather

  • Jerkass Woobie: The stepfather, in the original at least. The remake averts it.
  • Narm
    • Stepfather III is overflowing with it.
    • The "turn the volume down" line from the remake.
    • The "Who Am I Here?" scene in the remake is extremely funnier when he goes after the dumbass who just pieces together that he was a murderer after being told repeatedly about his suspiciousness.
  • Paranoia Fuel
  • Rooting for the Empire: At least in the original. Terry O'Quinn's charming and likable performance can make the viewer forget that his character is a crazed serial killer. The Cinema Snob even pointed that out in his review
  • So Bad, It's Good: Stepfather III
  • So Okay, It's Average: Stepfather II, and the remake.
  • Squick: Stepfather III used actual plastic surgery footage for when the stepfather gets his face altered.
  • Too Cool to Live:
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: All that build and anticipation towards the final confrontation between The Stepfather and Jim Ogilvie had an anti-climatic payoff with The Stepfather just instantly killing him and Jim was all but forgotten in the next scene. As Brad Jones pointed out how pointless all that build up was since the confrontation didn't make the character important to the plot.
  • What an Idiot: Susan in the remake, big time! You'd expect her to notice something's off with her fiance when the warning signs came up, as obvious as a blaring alarm, but nope. She just swats them off. It's to the point where you'd want her to die.