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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 killing spree once again. Written by
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Fails as a sequel to the solid original, but on it's own it's a bad movie lover's dream
Will Hollywood ever learn? They just churn out sequel after sequel, even to films that don't need them. Too be fair some turn out to be winners, but then some are purely and simply junk. 'Stepfather II' doesn't hold a candle to the first film, which was fine on it's own, but that didn't stop them from taking the series any further. Made for TV, part III is another unnecessary sequel that is ultimately a cheap reproduction of the first film, but at the same time it's so deliciously bad that it's kind of fun to watch.
Pros: Cast does it's best with the tired material. Great score, better than you'd expect from a movie of this caliber. Fast paced. Some good and really bloody kills. A couple good ideas here that keep this from being a total rehash. If you're like me and you enjoy a good cheesy slasher movie then you should get some pleasure out of this one because it's pretty silly and unintentionally humorous at times. Beautiful location. An ending you won't soon forget.
Cons: Clocking in at 107 minutes, this movie goes on too long. Some clumsy plotting and silly dialogue. No suspense. Totally predictable. Recycles the formula of the first two without changing much. Robert Wightman is no substitute for Terry O'Quinn.
Final thoughts: Looks like the makers of this film didn't learn from the mistakes of the last one. Like II this is more of a slasher film than a thriller like the original. But if you watch it without comparing it to the first you may have some fun with this ridiculous, but entertaining ride.
My rating: 3/5
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