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Release Date:
5 June 1987 (USA) See more »
Who Am I Here? See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
3 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Freaky satire of "Father Knows Best" See more (96 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Terry O'Quinn ... Jerry Blake

Jill Schoelen ... Stephanie

Shelley Hack ... Susan
Charles Lanyer ... Dr. Bondurant

Stephen Shellen ... Jim Ogilvie

Stephen E. Miller ... Al Brennan
Robyn Stevan ... Karen

Jeff Schultz ... Paul Baker
Lindsay Bourne ... Art Teacher

Anna Hagan ... Mrs. Leitner
Gillian Barber ... Annie Barnes

Blu Mankuma ... Lt. Jack Wall
Jackson Davies ... Mr. Chesterton
Sandra Head ... Receptionist

Gabrielle Rose ... Dorothy Rinehard
Richard Sargent ... Mr. Anderson
Margot Pinvidic ... Mrs. Anderson

Rochelle Greenwood ... Cindy Anderson
Don S. Williams ... Mr. Stark
Don MacKay ... Joe
Dale Wilson ... Frank

Gary Hetherington ... Herb
Andrew Snider ... Mr. Grace

Marie Stillin ... Mrs. Fairfax
Paul Batten ... Mr. Fairfax
Sheila Paterson ... Dr. Barbara Faraday

Directed by
Joseph Ruben 
Writing credits
Carolyn Lefcourt (story) &
Brian Garfield (story) and
Donald E. Westlake (story)

Donald E. Westlake (screenplay)

Produced by
Jay Benson .... producer
Original Music by
Patrick Moraz (music composed by)
Cinematography by
John Lindley (director of photography) (as John W. Lindley)
Film Editing by
George Bowers (edited by)
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Judy Taylor 
Production Design by
James William Newport 
Art Direction by
David Willson 
Set Decoration by
Kimberley Richardson  (as Kimberly Richardson)
Costume Design by
Mina Mittelman 
Makeup Department
Susan Boyd .... hair stylist
Maurice Parkhurst .... makeup artist
Production Management
Dennis A. Brown .... executive in charge of production
Warren Carr .... production manager
Tim Myers .... post production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Casey Grant .... second assistant director
James Marshall .... third assistant director
Tom Rowe .... first assistant director: second unit
Michael E. Steele .... first assistant director (as Michael Steele)
Art Department
Jeremy Borsos .... set dresser
Gary Brooks .... greensman
David Chiasson .... set dresser
Annmarie Corbett .... assistant set decorator
R.D. 'Luther' Fairbairn .... assistant propman
Geoff Hilliard .... construction coordinator
Barry Kootchin .... head painter
Len Morganti .... story board artist
Rex Raglan .... assistant art director
Bill Thumm .... property master
David Russell .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
John L. Anderson .... re-recording mixer
Graham Crowell .... boom operator
Doug Davey .... re-recording mixer
G.W. Davis .... sound editor
Chris Haire .... re-recording mixer (as Christopher L. Haire)
Keith Stafford .... supervising sound editor
Richard Stewart .... assistant sound editor (as Rick Stewart)
Larry Sutton .... production sound mixer
Alfred T. Ferrante .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Alfred T. Ferrante .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Don Harris .... special effects best boy
William H. Orr .... special effects coordinator (as Bill Orr)
John Wardlow .... stunt coordinator (as V. John Wardlow)
Jim Dunn .... stunts (uncredited)
Kathy Hubble .... stunts (uncredited)
Jacob Rupp .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
David R. Anderson .... gaffer
Ken W. Anderson .... best boy (as Ken Anderson)
Dan Bennett .... grip (as Don Bennett)
Oliver Berg .... grip
Peter Borkent .... lamp operator (as Pete Borkent)
John L. Brown .... dolly grip
Robert Crone .... steadicam operator (as Robert C. Crone)
Barry Donlevy .... grip (as Berry Donlevy)
Dale Garrison .... lamp operator
Anthony J. Giacinti .... lamp operator (as Toni Giacinti)
Chris Harris .... second assistant camera (as Chris J. Harris)
Geordie Harrower .... lamp operator
Ken Hemphill .... second grip
R.K. Hill .... grip
Tim Hogan .... key grip
Brewster Ingram .... additional camera operator
Joseph Lederer .... still photographer
Duncan MacGregor .... best boy
Alan MacKinnon .... lamp operator
John McCallum .... first assistant camera (as Sandy McCallum)
Rod Parkhurst .... camera operator
Jeff Plecas .... grip
James Sallis .... lamp operator (as James Sullis)
John W. Scott .... lamp operator (as John Scott)
Mike Tepley .... lamp operator
Ian Tracey .... lamp operator (as Ian Tracy)
Jeff Upton .... lamp operator
Steve Vincent .... lamp operator
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting: The Looping Group
Jim Jasterzebski .... casting assistant: Canadian (as Jim Jastrzebski)
Sid Kozak .... casting by: Canadian
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andrew Brown .... costume supervisor
Jean Murphy .... costumer
Editorial Department
Bruce Giesbrecht .... assistant editor (as Bruce Allan Giebrecht)
Christopher Koefoed .... assistant editor
Michael Smith .... assistant editor
Location Management
Matthew O'Connor .... location manager
Music Department
Kathleen Bennett .... music editor
Mark Coffin .... music engineer: sound track (as Mark T. Coffin)
Patrick Moraz .... music performer
Patrick Moraz .... music producer: sound track
Barry Radman .... music engineer: sound track
Barry Radman .... music producer: sound track
Barry Redman .... soundtrack music engineer
John Ross .... music engineer: sound track
Transportation Department
Dave Bowe .... transportation captain (as David K. Bowe)
Scott Irvine .... transportation coordinator
Bill McCurraugh .... transportation co-captain (as William McCurrach)
Bruce Scott .... set driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Patti Allen .... production coordinator (as Patrice Allen)
Michael Beattie .... production assistant
Myrna Cobb .... assistant production coordinator
Diana Conway .... production assistant
Kellam de Forest .... researcher (as Kellam De Forrest)
Lynn Elston .... assistant production accountant
Tink Ten Eyck .... production controller
Linda Kelly .... production accountant
Susan Leh .... publicity coordinator
Michael Mazo .... production assistant
Ben Montanio .... production estimator
Skates Naiman .... coordinator: Los Angeles (as Sandra V. Naiman)
Tammy Oates .... assistant: Mr. Benson (as Tammy S. Oates)
Michael Ruben .... assistant: Mr. Ruben
Joanne Ryan .... craft service
Robert Weinberger .... unit publicist
Christine Wilson .... script supervisor
Tana Tocher .... caterer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
89 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Denmark:15 (DVD rating) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1988) (VHS) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1988) | France:12 | Iceland:16 | Mexico:D (original release) | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/16 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (PCA #28150) | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

Stephanie is 16 years old, but Jill Schoelen, the actress who plays her, was 23 years old at the time.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Jerry Blake:This punk was trying to rape our daughter.See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Freaky satire of "Father Knows Best", 24 January 2010
Author: moviesleuth2

Talk about your domestic issues! Someone's been watching too many 1950's sitcoms, and woe betide anyone who doesn't fit into that image of perfection! After the death of her father one year ago, Stephanie Maine (Jill Schoelen) has been getting into a lot of trouble at school. Part of the reason she's like this is that she's creeped out by her all-too-perfect step-dad, Jerry Blake (Terry O'Quinn). Everyone, especially her mother (Shelley Hack), thinks he's the ideal family man, but Stephanie knows better.

Although there is no real humor in this film (there's a clever one liner, but it's not especially funny, nor is it meant to be), this is a satire of the "American Family Ideal." You know what I mean, a white picket fence, a mom and a dad, 2.5 kids, and a dog and a cat. No one really has this, and if they do, it's never the image that is portrayed in magazine ads. Unfortunately, no one told this to Jerry. He wants that so-called perfect family. At first, he seems like a godsend. But if that image is shaken, then he becomes the step-dad from hell.

The premise is sound, but it's the execution that's lacking. The pacing is erratic, and the set-up is non-existent. We never get a sense of who Jerry is. To be sure, we know he's a psychopath (this is, after all, a horror movie). But there's little showing of how he wants his family to be. A thriller needs this kind of thing to give us a sense of the psychopath we are dealing with.

Apart from O'Quinn, who is very good, the acting varies. Jill Schoelen has moments of believability, but others where her performance doesn't work. Likewise, Shelley Hack is never believable. And both of them are guilty of doing some really stupid things (then again, this is a horror movie). Charles Lanyer is good as Stephanie's therapist who goes above and beyond the call of duty (not in the way you'd think, though). However, Stephen Shellen is horrible as David Ogilvie, the man who's racing against time to find Jerry before he slaughters his next family.

Joseph Rueben's direction is plastic. There's nothing special about how this film looks or how the story is told. It's a point and shoot approach, and that leaves it up to the actors (specifically O'Quinn) to induce suspense. There are a few legitimate shocks in this film, but to be honest, there are better options out there.

This film may be hard to find, and there's a reason for it.

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