The character of the Stepmother is timeless and mythological.
Frightening, scary and modern, this gives a sense of the visual style and tone of STEPMOTHER.
The tone of this movie is in the spirit of Silene of The Lambs. With Stylized lighting like SEVEN. Gripping compositions like HEAT. And brooding camera moves like THE INSIDER.
STEPMOTHER uses the complete horror, thriller palette.
Roman Catholic art mixed with these inspirations give the story its rich visual tone.
The use of the wide frame adds to the performance of the actors. And the camera moves from a handheld image to Steadicam to allow for this freedom.
This story is a genre movie that has the elements without the tropes.
The movie uses horror conventions to keep the audience poised on edge as they get the living S*&^ scared out of them.