The Stepfather (1987)

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After murdering his entire family, a man marries a widow with a teenage daughter in another town and prepares to do it all over again.


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25 June 2006 | raegan_butcher
10
| Terry O'Quinn makes his mark
This is one of the best thrillers to emerge from the 1980s. It has assured direction from Joseph Reuben. An excellent script by Donald E. Westlake.And an absolutely mesmerizing performance from Terry O'Quinn, who invests his character with enough repressed fury to make most screen psychos look like Mr Rogers.

The film starts out with a real sense of style as O'Quinn washes his bloody hands in a bathroom sink then proceeds to alter his appearance drastically before walking downstairs to his murdered family; its a startling and creepy beginning and the rest of the film is as stylish and well done. I think its biggest strength is the well-developed psychopathology of Terry O'Quinn's character. His behavior actually makes sense in terms of his madness. This is a refreshing change of pace from most films of this type, where the killers have zero motivation and are just plot-devices.

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Release Date:

5 June 1987

Language

English


Country of Origin

UK, Canada, USA

Filming Locations

Edgemont Village, British Columbia, Canada

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$260,587 25 January 1987

Gross USA:

$2,488,740

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,488,740

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