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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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Karen
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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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Lt. Jack Wall
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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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An All-American Family... He'd Kill For It! 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

Cinematographer John Lindley was hired as a last minute replacement for the original director of photography who was arrested in a domestic dispute right before shooting was to start. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jerry Blake: We are going to keep this family together.
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Soundtracks

I Want You
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Performed by Patrick Moraz and John McBurnie
Music by Patrick Moraz
Lyrics by John McBurnie
Published by Zoram Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Passport Records (JEM)
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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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