Stepfather II: Make Room For Daddy
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After a daring escape from a psychiatric hospital, the Stepfather (Terry O'Quinn, TVs LOST) assumes a new identity and sets out in search of a new family to marry into... and kill!
He finds the perfect victims: attractive and recently divorced Carol Greyland (Meg Foster, THEY LIVE) and her son Todd (Jonathan Brandis, HART'S WAR). Posing as a caring family therapist named Gene, he appears to be the ideal second husband and father for these two lonely people. But Carol's best friend Matty (Caroline Williams, Rob Zombie's H2) suspects that Gene is too good to be true. When Carol's first husband returns to attempt a reconciliation, he triggers Gene's fear of discovery, sending him on a violent, bloody killing spree. Eliminating everyone who stands in his way, Gene turns his wedding to Carol into one of the most horrifying and gruesome sequences ever filmed!
- English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround Sound
- Audio Commentary with Director Jeff Burr and Producer Darin Scott
- All-New Featurette: The Stepfather Chronicles: Daddy's New Home
- Alternate/Deleted Scenes
- Still Gallery
- Theatrical Trailers
The kind of movie that the genre needs to thrive. ---Cinefantastique
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Directed by the brilliant genre movie favorite Jeff Burr, STEPFATHER 2 comes complete with a DVD cover and packaging art scheme that makes it look a lot more gruesome than it ultimately is; the new Synapse special edition DVD is a must have item for all genre buffs, especially since Red Shirt Productions has wisely chosen to continue the chronicling of the saga's production histories. Here, director Burr and producer Darin Scott recount the rather harried production of the film, how it was made within a very compressed time limit, and how the script (begun by the rather proficient John Auerbach) underwent a few changes on its way to the screen. Scott, who also briefly discusses the tragic demise of actor Jonathan Brandis, explains the process of being hired by ITC alongside of Burr, and the two relate how the creation of a new genre horror division afforded them a job opening here. Burr relates his frustration at being berated (by the Weinstein kids!) because he didn't put enough blood and thunder into the shooting of this "horror" movie--but the DVD includes a nice selection of deleted scenes so that the viewer can get a better idea of what kind of film that Burr himself really wanted to create. Still, if the Weinsteins had not gotten involved the picture would have suffered minor distribution instead of getting a proper theatrical release (as it ultimately did)--nonetheless, one cannot help sympathizing with Burr in his estimation that the picture was fine in his originally imagined version. The documentary also closes with a great hand-made recording of O'Quinn performing his song "Bad Daddy Blues" over the closing credits--and this is a fantastic find! O'Quinn has a hilarious sense of humor, and the rhythm will get your foot tapping while the song's dark, ironic lyrics can't help but make a horror fan smile.
Now, while the picture does contain blood, it isn't really as over the top as it could have been, and O'Quinn's amazing performance again elevates the already intriguing material into a new realm of genre film greatness. As Burr himself mentions in the making of featurette, following the original STEPFATHER movie was from the get go a daunting task, but overall I deem the picture to be nearly as enjoyable as the first. The reshoots (done by a different director after the Weinstein guys fired Mister Burr) are pretty worthless and obviously do not fit with the rest of Burr's movie; however, there is a hilariously dark moment when O'Quinn's character slams a man's hands in a car trunk and we see the amusing expression of shock and horror on the victim's face--it is classic horror dark humor/irony. What really hurt the movie was the shoddy marketing campaign, which opted for submitting goofy, slasher movie style ads and trailers instead of putting together a slowly building suspense movie trailer (such as the original picture utilized). Of course, the original STEPFATHER picture is a tremendous Saturday afternoon thriller and one of the best concept movie/horror satires ever, but don't think that this sequel does the original an injustice. Really, even on the surface, it is a fantastically entertaining picture.
Synapse catches up with SHOUT FACTORY's wonderful DVD of the original film by including a plethora of great extras (including the original trailer, and the aforementioned deleted scenes) and a fanciful audio commentary by Burr and Darin Scott in which the two of them stay on topic very well but have fun nonetheless repeating the history of the movie's making for listeners, with Scott ribbing Burr here and there and giving a very informative and insightful look at how these kinds of pictures get financed and released (something of interest to all filmmakers everywhere). The Synapse DVD offers a tremendous picture and sound transfer, with the volume crisp and loud enough to register, and the image fairly clean and tight for such a smaller scale affair. The movie might remind some of darkly dreaming afternoon soap opera style fluff, but those who enjoy this kind of movie will absolutely love it. And for fans it is a must own in any case. A+