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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
Lindsay Bourne ...
Art Teacher
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Mrs. Leitner
Gillian Barber ...
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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Crime | Horror | Thriller

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5 June 1987 (USA)  »

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Stepfather I  »

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$2,488,740 (USA)
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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 »

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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 »

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Jerry Blake: Buckle up for safety!
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References Shadow of a Doubt (1943) See more »

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Performed by Pat Benatar
Music and Lyrics by Myron Grombacher (as M. Grombacher) and Neil Giraldo (as N. Geraldo)
Published by Tyreach Music/Neil Geraldo Music Co./Rare Blue Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records, Inc.
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A GREAT WATCH!!
27 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

The Stepfather is an excellent movie, I especially liked the lead actor playing Jerry. His performance set the whole feel of the movie, with his outbursts of rage until he finally snaps. He is also very intelligent, when he snaps he sets up a entire new life in another town before he kills his family. The story is Jerry has become the stepfather in a family of a beautiful, young widow and a lovely daughter. Unfortunately, Jerry has a very strict definition of the perfect family and his new family just may not be making the cut. When his family starts disappointing him, he's is willing to kill for the American Dream. A great movie, not really a horror as such, but more of a psychological thriller that makes you think.


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