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The Stepfather (1987)

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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:

Joseph Ruben

Writers:

Carolyn Lefcourt (story), Brian Garfield (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Terry O'Quinn ... Jerry Blake
Jill Schoelen ... Stephanie Maine
Shelley Hack ... Susan
Charles Lanyer Charles Lanyer ... Dr. Bondurant
Stephen Shellen ... Jim Ogilvie
Stephen E. Miller ... Al Brennan
Robyn Stevan Robyn Stevan ... Karen
Jeff Schultz ... Paul Baker
Lindsay Bourne Lindsay Bourne ... Art Teacher
Anna Hagan ... Mrs. Leitner
Gillian Barber ... Annie Barnes
Blu Mankuma ... Lt. Jack Wall
Jackson Davies Jackson Davies ... Mr. Chesterton
Sandra Head Sandra Head ... Receptionist
Gabrielle Rose ... Dorothy Rinehard
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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

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Jerry Blake loves taking care of the family. Any family. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stepfather I See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$260,587, 25 January 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,488,740
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joseph Ruben was initially reluctant to direct the picture because he didn't want to make another run-of-the-mill slasher movie. See more »

Goofs

When Jerry Blake is hitting Dr. Bondurant with the 2x4 in the house it is clear that the 2x4 bends on the last hit to his ribs. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Blake: I don't think we need to break up a family, do we Pumpkin?
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A GREAT WATCH!!
27 December 1999 | by psycho_153See 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.


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