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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
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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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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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16 November 1987 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Stepfather I  »

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$2,488,740 (USA)
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Trivia

Stephanie's mother was played by Shelley Hack, who is only 16 years older than Jill Schoelen, who played Stephanie. Furthermore, Stephanie's stepfather was played by Terry O'Quinn, who is only 11 years senior to Schoelen. See more »

Goofs

When Jerry Blake gets the mail out of the letterbox, he finds a yellow envelope for Stephanie, he notices that it came from the Seattle Examiner. Looking worried, he opens the envelope to see his own photo in it. He starts to panic. Then Stephanie arrives home, and asks for her mail. He gives her a copy of Cosmopolitan, and goes inside the house. Later, he goes to a photo shop, and replaces his own photo with another man in a family photo. The man is smiling in the photo Jerry is about to put back in the yellow envelope. In a later scene, Stephanie and her friend Karen are in her room, with the photo of the family man photo Jerry replaced. The man in the photo is not smiling, as he was in the first photo we see of him. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Blake: All we need is a little order around here.
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References The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954) 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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I just want this family to be happy

The Stepfather has many memorable scenes. Terry O`Quinn portraits a very sick man, and this madness is made clear from the very start of the movie, when the (step)father has just killed his family and we are introduced to him as he removes his beard and in other ways alters his appearence to allow him to find another family and again become THE STEPFATHER. The most memorable scene for me is when he interrupts his step daughter on the porch kissing her date for the evening good night. The stepfather snaps, because he wants the family to remain static for ever, he is crazy. So then his wife comes down and she yells at the stepfather saying that he has ruined what they had built up. The expression on his face when hearing that is one of sheere terror. The stepfather is so fragile. The basement scene where the step daugther is getting something in the freezer and the stepfather rushes into the basement to let off some steem, not knowing she is there. It is all very scary.


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