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Matty Crimmins
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Dr. Joseph Danvers
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Phil Grayland
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Walt 'Smitty' Smith
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The Stepfather escapes an insane asylum and winds up in another town, this time impersonating a marriage counselor. Now he seems to have found the perfect future wife, with a stepson who loves him. However, other people try to get in his way to marry her. They are interfering! One by one the Stepfather eliminates anyone who stands in his way to a perfect family. Written by Parca Mortem <icy_shadow@rocketmail.com>

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3 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stepfather 2: Make Room for Daddy  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,519,796 (USA)
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Trivia

Carol had a daughter and a dog in an earlier draft of the script. See more »

Goofs

When The Stepfather is arranging a victim's house and body to look like a suicide, the victim's dead body, hanging from a noose, blinks. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Stepfather (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Camptown Races
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Composed by Stephen Foster (uncredited)
Performed by Terry O'Quinn (uncredited) and Jonathan Brandis (uncredited)
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An acceptable, but rather inferior and unnecessary sequel to the outstanding original
2 January 2007 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

This unwarranted, but passable and reasonably engrossing sequel once again features the impeccable Terry O'Quinn as the titular anonymous obsessive family killer who this time escapes from an asylum, moves into a quiet suburb, and masquerades as a family psychologist (!). The stepfather's targets here for the perfect American family here are real estate agent Carol Grayland (well played by the always solid and lovely Meg Foster) and her young son Jeremy (an engaging portrayal by Jonathan Brandis). Director Jeff Burr (who previously gave us the good'n'ghastly horror anthology sleeper "The Offspring") builds a sufficient amount of tension and there's a delightfully spunky turn by the vivacious Caroline Williams (Stretch in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2") as Carol's nosy best friend Matty, but this follow-up falls markedly short of the first film's sterling quality because of John Auerbach's predictable script and sophomoric attempts at humor. Overall it's okay and worth seeing once, but the original was much better and more resonant.


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