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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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Dr. Bondurant
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Jim Ogilvie
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Al Brennan
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Paul Baker
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Art Teacher
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Mrs. Leitner
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Annie Barnes
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Mr. Chesterton
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Dorothy Rinehard
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Storyline

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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Jerry Blake loves taking care of the family. Any family. See more »

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16 November 1987 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Stepfather I  »

Box Office

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$2,488,740 (USA)
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Trivia

Director Joseph Ruben originally wanted Jerry Blake to whistle the Barbra Streisand song "The Way We Were," but the rights to the song proved to be too expensive. See more »

Goofs

When the film first opens, we see a paperboy toss the newspaper onto Jerry's lawn. It lands close to the perimeter of the lawn. But when Jerry emerges later and stops to pick up the newspaper, it is closer to the house. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Blake: Buckle up for safety!
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Connections

Referenced in Clerks. (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

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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