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The Stepfather (1987)

Succeeded by: The Stepfather II (1989)

Directed by:
Joseph Ruben
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Thriller/Horror
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Stefaren

RUNNING TIME
89 minutes

Producer:
Jay Benson
Screenwriter:
Donald E. Westlake


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Jerry Blake / The Stepfather Terry O'Quinn
Stephanie Maine Jill Schoelen
Susan Maine Shelley Hack
Dr. A. Bondurant Charles Lanyer
Jim Ogilvie Stephen Shellen

 

Review

Terry O'Quinn plays an ice-cold psychopath who marries widows with daughters in order to live out his dream as the perfect family man, but then butchers them when they turn out to disappoint him. This campy premise could have turned into a rather lackluster horror flick but for a surprisingly taut script by Donald E. Westlake and fine direction by Joseph Ruben which ensures a pleasant fluidity. Even when it telegraphs its plot and borrows horror cliches, The Stepfather retains its allure and effectiveness because it's simply so well-made. And Terry O'Quinn manages to spur life and even some degree of sympathy into what is basically a stock movie villain. Followed by two panned sequels, in 1989 and 1992.

Copyright 21.08.2022 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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