Stepfather

The Stepfather

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Director: Joseph Ruben

Cast: Joseph Ruben, Terry O'Quinn, Jill Schoelen, Shelley Hack

     
 

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Terry O'Quinn plays The Stepfather in this intelligent, unsettling chiller. We'd tell you O'Quinn's character name, but he has so many. You see, O'Quinn has been a stepfather many times over, romancing and marrying widowed women in several different states. After each wedding, everything is blissful -- at least, until O'Quinn's new wife and kids fail to measure…  See more details below

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Terry O'Quinn plays The Stepfather in this intelligent, unsettling chiller. We'd tell you O'Quinn's character name, but he has so many. You see, O'Quinn has been a stepfather many times over, romancing and marrying widowed women in several different states. After each wedding, everything is blissful -- at least, until O'Quinn's new wife and kids fail to measure up to his notions of perfection. Then he kills them en masse, and moves on to his next victims. Shelley Hack and Jill Schoelen co-star as O'Quinn's latest wife and stepdaughter, who prove to be yet another disappointment to him. An adroit witches' blend of Ozzie & Harriet and Psycho, The Stepfather was scripted by suspense veteran Donald E. Westlake. A lesser sequel, Stepfather 2, followed in 1989.

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A surprisingly well-crafted and frightening tale unhampered by its B-movie mise-en-scène, The Stepfather manages to upend some established horror-movie conventions as it entertains. Joseph Ruben's loopy direction fits the eerie, slimy feel of the picture perfectly. As the psychopathic titular character, Terry O'Quinn seethes with a duplicitous Norman Bates quality. O'Quinn plays the "sickopath" role to perfection, showing some flair for Jack Nicholson-style dark comedy as well. In its awkward way, the film disturbingly uncovers what lies beneath the middle-class sensibility. Based on real events, The Stepfather has a very tangible, gruesome feel and proves to be quite effective in the horror department. Afterschool-special production values aside, this warped film truly works in a way that most horror films do not.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/2010
UPC:
0826663120820
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
R
Source:
Shout Factory
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:29:00
Sales rank:
31,971

Special Features

Audio commentary with director Joseph Ruben; The Stepfather Chronicles (HD) all-new interviews with cast and crew; Trailers for all 3 films (HD); Still gallery

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Terry O'Quinn Jerry Blake/Henry Morrison/Bill Hodgkins
Jill Schoelen Stephanie Maine, Jerry's Step-Daughter
Shelley Hack Susan Blake, Jerry's Wife
Stephen Shellen Jim Ogilvie
Charles Lanyer Dr. Bondurant, Stephanie's Psychiatrist
Gillian Barber Anne Barnes
Paul Batten Mr. Fairfax
Jackson Davies Mr. Chesterton
Rochelle Greenwood Mrs. Anderson
Sandra Head Receptionist
Don Mackay Joe
Blu Mankuma Lt. Jack Wall
Sheila Paterson Dr. Barbara Faraden
Gabrielle Rose Dorothy
Don S. Sargent Mr. Anderson
Andrew Snider Mr. Grace
Marie Stillin Mrs. Fairfax
Don Williams Mr. Stark
Dale Wilson Frank
Lindsay Bourne Art Teacher
Anna Hagan Mrs. Leitner
Gary Hetherington Herb
Stephen E. Miller Al Brennan
Jeff Schultz Paul Baker
Robyn Stevan Karen

Technical Credits
Joseph Ruben Director
C. Amphlett Songwriter
Jay Benson Producer
George Bowers Editor
Warren Carr Production Manager
Jane Feinberg Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
Brian Garfield Original Story,Screenwriter
N. Geraldo Songwriter
M. Grombacher Songwriter
Sid Kozak Casting
Carolyn Lefcourt Original Story
John Lindley Cinematographer
John MacBurnie Songwriter
M. McEntee Songwriter
Mina Mittleman Costumes/Costume Designer
Patrick Moraz Score Composer,Songwriter
James Newport Production Designer
Kimberley Richardson Set Decoration/Design
Michael Steele Asst. Director
Larry Sutton Sound/Sound Designer
Judy Taylor Casting
Donald E. Westlake Original Story,Screenwriter
David Willson Art Director
David Wilson Production Designer

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