6.8/10
9,146
96 user 76 critic

The Stepfather (1987)

R | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 5 June 1987 (USA)
Trailer
1:20 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

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.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Stepfather II (1989)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

After escaping the insane asylum in which he was incarcerated, the Stepfather impersonates a marriage counselor and manages to win over a patient and her young son.

Director: Jeff Burr
Stars: Terry O'Quinn, Meg Foster, Caroline Williams
Stepfather III (TV Movie 1992)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

That psycho stepfather has escaped from the insane asylum and had his face surgically altered. Now he's married again, this time to a woman with a child in a wheelchair. He goes on a ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Magar
Stars: Robert Wightman, Priscilla Barnes, Season Hubley
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Michael returns home from military school to find his mother happily in love and living with her new boyfriend. As the two men get to know each other, he becomes more and more suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand.

Director: Nelson McCormick
Stars: Penn Badgley, Dylan Walsh, Sela Ward
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again.

Director: Fred Walton
Stars: Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rutanya Alda
The Hitcher (1986)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young man who escaped the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked, framed for the hitcher's crimes, and has his life made into hell by the same man he escaped.

Director: Robert Harmon
Stars: Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.

Director: Bob Clark
Stars: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder
When a Stranger Calls Back (TV Movie 1993)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young babysitter, all alone in the house with two children asleep above, is bothered by a stranger. Unfortunately, the phone's dead...

Director: Fred Walton
Stars: Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Jill Schoelen
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Angela Baker, a traumatized and very shy young girl, is sent to summer camp with her cousin. Shortly after her arrival, anyone with sinister or less than honorable intentions gets their comeuppance.

Director: Robert Hiltzik
Stars: Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten, Karen Fields
The Burning (1981)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A former summer camp caretaker, horribly burned from a prank gone wrong, lurks around an upstate New York summer camp bent on killing the teenagers responsible for his disfigurement.

Director: Tony Maylam
Stars: Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer
Maniac (1980)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A psychopath, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in New York City, kills young women and takes their scalps as his trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in a photographer, and end his killing spree?

Director: William Lustig
Stars: Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Abigail Clayton
Intruder (1989)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The overnight stock crew of a local supermarket find themselves being stalked and slashed by a mysterious maniac.

Director: Scott Spiegel
Stars: Elizabeth Cox, Renée Estevez, Dan Hicks
Curtains (1983)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Six young actresses auditioning for a movie role at a remote mansion are targeted by a mysterious masked murderer.

Director: Richard Ciupka
Stars: John Vernon, Samantha Eggar, Linda Thorson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Stephanie
...
Charles Lanyer ...
Dr. Bondurant
...
Jim Ogilvie
Stephen E. Miller ...
Al Brennan
Robyn Stevan ...
Karen
...
Paul Baker
Lindsay Bourne ...
Art Teacher
...
Mrs. Leitner
Gillian Barber ...
Annie Barnes
...
Lt. Jack Wall
Jackson Davies ...
Mr. Chesterton
Sandra Head ...
Receptionist
...
Dorothy Rinehard
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's a family man with an ax to grind...and wield! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

5 June 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stepfather I  »

Box Office

Gross:

$2,488,740 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Screenwriter Donald E. Westlake based the character of Stephanie on his real-life teenage stepdaughter who he has having problems getting along with. See more »

Goofs

Stephanie picks up the U2 cassette "Wide Awake In America" and puts it in her player. When she presses play, we hear Pat Benatar's "Run Between The Raindrops". See more »

Quotes

Jerry Blake: Expelled? Girls don't get expelled!
See more »

Connections

References Twisted Nerve (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


25 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Looking for TV Version luciofulci-1
Poor Stephen Shellen cheapfrill
Jim Ogilvie Super Sleuth Chris-369
O'Quinn made this movie. luxmissus
Since when is it a crime to want the perfect family? lombardo8604
was he nude? sheppard330
Discuss The Stepfather (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?