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The Stepdaughter (2000)

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Jesse Conner runs a ranch in California with his ailing wife Maggie, his daughter Linda, and his son Buddy, who goes to a special education school. When Will, one of their horse handlers, ... See full summary »


Peter Liapis


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrea Roth ... Susan Heller
Lisa Dean Ryan Lisa Dean Ryan ... Linda Conner
Jaimz Woolvett ... Buddy Conner
Cindy Pickett ... Maggie Conner
Gil Gerard ... Jesse Conner
Gary Hudson ... Paris
Lee Dawson ... Deputy Tom Gitlin
Bonita Friedericy ... Nurse Calista Davis
Matt Farnsworth ... Will
J.J. Boone ... Nurse Granger
Cheryl Francis Harrington ... Mousy Inmate (as Cheryl Harrington)
Ray Rodriguez Ray Rodriguez ... Security Guard Hector (as Ray Clemente Rodriguez)
Christopher Kriesa ... Receptionist
Cherie Franklin Cherie Franklin ... Ms. Clements
Peter Liapis ... Plumber / Conrad (as Pete Liapis)


Jesse Conner runs a ranch in California with his ailing wife Maggie, his daughter Linda, and his son Buddy, who goes to a special education school. When Will, one of their horse handlers, is murdered at a hotel in Los Angeles, Jesse hires Susan Heller to fill Will's position. Linda, who has a large collection of mystery novels, is immediately suspicious of Susan, so Linda decides to get Jesse's mechanic, Paris, to help her figure out whether or not Susan is up to something, but Jesse tells Linda that she's been reading too many mystery novels, and that she needs to lighten up. Maggie has an accident in which she falls off of a ladder and is taken to a hospital where she is treated and released, and as Maggie is released from the hospital, nurse Callista Davis recognizes Susan and calls her Karen. This arouses Linda's suspicions even more. Jesse later explains to Susan that he once bought Maggie a horse named Big Palomino, and Maggie fell off of the horse one day and needed hip ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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She's home for a killer reunion


Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some language

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Release Date:

31 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A bosszú háza See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mysterious Productions See more »
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decent idea, poor execution
9 May 2001 | by Scott_PartonSee all my reviews

The Stepdaughter? After watching this I am left wondering why it was even called that? Was there even a stepdaughter in it? Was Susan/Karen someone's stepdaughter?

But, on to the movie itself. It was interesting enough to keep you watching and wondering a little, but most of the time I spent groaning and rolling my eyes at the various plot holes and silliness. At times it is amazingly predictable, other times mildly suspenseful, but most times only slightly entertaining. My favorite cliches include the little "idiot" boy saving the day, the bumbling lawman, the good-looking big stud farm hand trying to force himself on her, and "I'm so crazy I talk to my doll". Then after all the buildup and clues start coming together... the payoff is very weak I felt.

I don't want to be all negative about any film, so I'll say that Andrea Roth does a good job as does Lisa Dean Ryan I thought. At least for what they had to work with.


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