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Release Date:
16 November 1987 (Denmark) 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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The Stepfather: A Good, Old-Fashioned 80s Thriller See more (95 total) »


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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
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)
Matthew O'Connor .... location manager
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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Additional Details

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?

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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Jerry Blake:I don't think we need to break up a family, do we Pumpkin?See more »
Run Between the RaindropsSee more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
The Stepfather: A Good, Old-Fashioned 80s Thriller, 20 November 2009
Author: eytand94 from United States

After two sequels and a remake, "The Stepfather" still holds up to this day as a very cool and creepy thriller. When I first saw it, for me, it was just decent. Then I watched it a second time, and it had gotten so much better. This movie is one of the best sleeper hits of the 80s.

Jerry Blake is the perfect family man. He has a great job in American Eagle realty, has a wonderful new wife, Susan, and a misunderstood daughter, Stephanie. Susan adores Jerry, but Stephanie is extremely awkward and weirded out around him. Right now, Jerry is close to having his perfect vision of "family." Until Stephanie catches wind of the man who murdered his family in another town. And other people begin to catch on to the fact that Jerry isn't at all what he seems to be. That's when Jerry really begins to snap. And if he can't have the American Dream, then he's going to make sure that he gets it, at all costs.

"The Stepfather" works very well as a thriller, and not a horror movie. It is extremely well-written, and the acting is perfection. This movie could have been an epic failure, but it has tons of energy and when it's supposed to be scary, it is.

But the main attraction of the movie is Terry O' Quinn's show-stopping performance as Jerry, before he went on to star in the hit TV series "Lost." He makes this character so believable and frightening. And when he has his first meltdown, in the iconic "basement" scene, you are on the edge of your seat, wondering when this guy is going to completely lose it.

The film was inspired by the real murders of John List, who had killed his family, and left his town in search of another one. He had disappeared for 18 years until he was discovered on "America's Most Wanted." This is a very interesting and original idea for a thriller, and Donald E. Westlake provides a very suspenseful script.

Despite some extremely cheesy music and some unnecessary but inevitable nude scenes, "The Stepfather" is an 80s thriller that I enjoy very much. When the remake came out, I had known several people who still remember the original 1987 classic and O' Quinn's chilling portrayal of a madman. If you haven't seen the remake yet, you might want to wait until it comes out on DVD, and give the original "Stepfather" a try. It's worth it!

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