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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
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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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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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Daddy's Home and He's Not Very Happy See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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5 June 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stepfather I  »

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$2,488,740 (USA)
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When Jerry mixes up Stephanie's names to the little girl, he says his daughter's name is "Jill", which is the name of the actress who plays Stephanie. See more »

Goofs

When Jerry is trying to beat down the bathroom door to attack Stephanie, the mirror on the inside of the bathroom door breaks as Jerry is beating on the door from the outside. As Jerry finally breaks through the door, the mirror is show again, intact, before shattering a second time. See more »

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Jerry Blake: Hodgkins, what's to get wrong?
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Connections

Followed by Stepfather II (1989) See more »

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Gwine to Rune All Night (De Camptown Races)
(1850) (uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
Whistled by Terry O'Quinn three times
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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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