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The Stepfather (1987)

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
Stephen E. Miller ...
Al Brennan
Robyn Stevan ...
Karen
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Paul Baker
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Jackson Davies ...
Mr. Chesterton
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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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He wanted a perfect family in a perfect town. But they couldn't measure up...neither could the others. See more »

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5 June 1987 (USA)  »

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$2,488,740 (USA)
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Joseph Ruben was initially reluctant to direct the picture because he didn't want to make another run-of-the-mill slasher movie. See more »

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When Jerry changes identities on the ferry, he removes a front piece toupee to reveal thinning hair. However, when - as Bill - he applies for the insurance job, the hairline had receded even further. See more »

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Jerry Blake: It's not a family without a children.
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Sleeping Beauty
(1985)
Performed by The Divinyls (as Divinyls)
Music and Lyrics by Christina Amphlett (as C. Amphlett) and Mark McEntee (as M. McEntee)
Published by Astute Lullaby Kings/Rare Blue Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records, Inc.
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One of the best
31 October 2003 | by (He sells houses?) – See all my reviews

After reading the plot outline, some of you might roll your eyes and mutter, "Oh, great. A formulaic, plotless, cardboard-character, derivative flapdoodle." Not so. The plot, which gives life and depth to the characters, is so ingeniously written that most viewers will probably not be able to anticipate what's coming next. Breath-taking suspense, occasional pitch-black humor, a creepy, creepy villain, superb acting, and a roller coaster pace all add up to make one heck of a ride. Terry O'Quinn's character is probably the creepiest maniac to ever grace the screen since Anthony Perkins in Psycho. If you have even the slightest interest in horror films, I strongly urge you to rent this film.


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