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Jerry Blake (Terry O Quinn, Lost) is a man obsessed with having the perfect American Dream life: including the house with the white picket fence in the suburbs, an adoring wife and loving children. He believes he has found it when he marries Susan Maine and becomes the stepfather to her 16-year-old daughter, Stephanie. But Stephanie gets an uneasy feeling when she is around Jerry with his Father Knows Best attitude: she can see that there is a darker side behind his cheerful exterior. Could she just be going through the typical teenager rebellion against her new stepfather, or is he actually the same man who brutally murdered his family just one year earlier?
* Audio Commentary with director Joseph Ruben
* The Stepfather Chronicles: An all-new retrospective featuring interviews with director Joseph Ruben, producer Jay Benson, actress Jill Schoelen, author Brian Garfield and others on the making of the film and its enduring legacy.
The Stepfather Chronicles: An all-new retrospective featuring interviews with director Joseph Ruben, producer Jay Benson, actress Jill Schoelen, author Brian Garfield and others on the making of the film and its enduring legacy.
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I really like The Stepfather (1987). Terry O'Quinn does a fantastic job as playing the creepy Stepfather Jerry Blake. The film opens leaving no doubt that Jerry is completely evil. When we meet Jerry's new family, Susan (recently widowed) and her teenage daughter Stephanie, you genuinely like them. The Stepfather is a great little Thriller, that I never really hear mentioned among horror fans.
I'd definitely recommend The Stepfather to anyone, including my friends who aren't horror fans.
The Shout Factory Blu Ray has decent picture and sound quality. The special features include a 26 minute behind the scenes feature, and trailers for all three Stepfather films.
The Stepfather's only shortcomings are not doing more with the Jerry Blake character. He is so brilliant that you don't want the movie to end and it leaves you with a strong desire to see more of a backstory. The film does a good job of explaining what's going on which sets up its scenes effectively. However, it would've been awesome to see more of O'Quinn, instead of the plot just being set up by references.
Shout Factory does a solid job with the blu ray release. However, it does not appear to be remastered. It is pricey, but I felt it was a must for my collection. It also includes an interesting documentary on the making of the film.
All in all, I'd recommend this to anyone older than 16. The foul language is minimal. The violence is gruesome in spots, but not over the top, and it feels like just enough to effectively execute certain scenes. There is a very brief sex scene containing no nudity that I feel would be teen safe. However, there is a later scene of nudity that I definitely would not want my children or teen to see.
Movie Review: This is a really good horror/thriller based loosely on a real life killer John List who slaughtered his own family because he was a pussy. The idea of adding elements to the character like making him more serial killer like was really neat, the acting was great, the story was excellent and the daughters shower scene when we got to see her naked butt WAS F****** HOT!!! Definitely a step above any b-movie horror movie made.
Conclusion: 4 1/2 for the DVD and 4 1/2 for The Stepfather
The Shout! DVD also includes a neat making of featurette, which shows author Brian Garfield's thoughts, among other ideas from the filmmakers. It's a keeper bonus feature. Since we are so inundated these days with slasher movies and gross out effects, to say that "The Stepfather" is essential is superfluous. But as a suspense movie, it's quite thrilling--if not terribly surprising. The film does, however, have good economic sense, a belief that smaller is okay after all, the intelligence to make more out of less, and it features fine performances and a good script. Director Ruben should have continued making abnormal psychology studies such as this rather than turning his hand to cheap exploitation shockers that inspire bad thoughts and behavior (such as the very regrettable "The Good Son"). "The Stepfather" is violent to watch, but you know who the bad guy is, and you know to be afraid of him. B+