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The Stepfather (1987)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  16 November 1987 (Denmark)
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After murdering his entire family, a man remarries a widow with a teenage daughter in another town and prepares to do it all over again.

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Stephanie
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Charles Lanyer ...
Dr. Bondurant
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Jim Ogilvie
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Al Brennan
Robyn Stevan ...
Karen
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Paul Baker
Lindsay Bourne ...
Art Teacher
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Mrs. Leitner
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Annie Barnes
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Lt. Jack Wall
Jackson Davies ...
Mr. Chesterton
Sandra Head ...
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Dorothy Rinehard
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A family-values man named Jerry Blake marries widows and divorcées with children in search of the perfect family. As soon as his new family members show signs of being human and not robots who will march unquestioningly to his tune, his dreams of domestic bliss begin to crumble, and he kills them. Then he alters his appearance, assumes a new identity, and skips to another town to begin the deadly ritual all over again. He marries Susan Maine, who sees him as the ideal surrogate father for her teenage daughter Stephanie, and he is soon up to his old tricks when she proves to be too much of a troublesome teen to handle. Written by alfiehitchie

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An All-American Family... He'd Kill For It! See more »

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16 November 1987 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Stepfather I  »

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$2,488,740 (USA)
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Stephanie is 16 years old, but Jill Schoelen, the actress who plays her, was 23 years old at the time. See more »

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At the end, we see Jerry stabbed in the chest with a knife. After he falls down the stairs, the knife still in his chest has moved over slightly. See more »

Quotes

Stephanie: It's like living with Ward Cleaver
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Music and Lyrics by Christina Amphlett (as C. Amphlett) and Mark McEntee (as M. McEntee)
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Courtesy of Chrysalis Records, Inc.
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Terry O'Quinn makes his mark
25 June 2006 | by (Rain City, Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best thrillers to emerge from the 1980s. It has assured direction from Joseph Reuben. An excellent script by Donald E. Westlake.And an absolutely mesmerizing performance from Terry O'Quinn, who invests his character with enough repressed fury to make most screen psychos look like Mr Rogers.

The film starts out with a real sense of style as O'Quinn washes his bloody hands in a bathroom sink then proceeds to alter his appearance drastically before walking downstairs to his murdered family; its a startling and creepy beginning and the rest of the film is as stylish and well done. I think its biggest strength is the well-developed psychopathology of Terry O'Quinn's character. His behavior actually makes sense in terms of his madness. This is a refreshing change of pace from most films of this type, where the killers have zero motivation and are just plot-devices.


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