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Stepfather II (1989)

After escaping the insane asylum in which he was incarcerated, Jerry Blake (Terry O'Quinn) impersonates a marriage counselor and manages to win over a patient (Meg Foster) and her young son (Jonathan Brandis).

Director:

Jeff Burr

Writers:

Carolyn Lefcourt (characters), Brian Garfield (characters) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Terry O'Quinn ... Jerry Blake / Gene Clifford / The Stepfather
Meg Foster ... Carol Grayland
Caroline Williams ... Matty Crimmins
Jonathan Brandis ... Todd Grayland
Henry Brown ... Dr. Joseph Danvers
Mitchell Laurance ... Phil Grayland
Miriam Byrd-Nethery ... Sally Jenkins
Leon Martell Leon Martell ... Walt 'Smitty' Smith
Renata Scott Renata Scott ... Betty Willis
John O'Leary John O'Leary ... Sam Watkins
Glen Adams Glen Adams ... Salesman
Eric Brown ... Hotel Attendant
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Storyline

Jerry Blake (Terry O'Quinn) escapes an insane asylum and winds up in another town, this time impersonating a marriage counselor. Now he seems to have found the perfect future wife (Meg Foster), with a stepson (Jonathan Brandis) who loves him. However, other people try to get in his way to marry her. They are interfering. One by one, Jerry eliminates anyone who stands in his way to a perfect family. Written by Parca Mortem <icy_shadow@rocketmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Tonight - Daddy's Coming Home - To Slice Up More Than Just The Cake! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stepfather 2: Make Room for Daddy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,519,796

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,519,796
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jeff Burr directed Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990) right after this, featuring Caroline Williams and Miriam Byrd-Nethery, from this movie. Williams appeared in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986), making it the second time she appeared in an on-going series. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, it is established that Jerry/Gene got the idea to move to the Palm Meadow Estates after seeing it mentioned as the locale for a grand prize on "Dream House". However, the game show only aired from April 1983 to July 1984, and had been off the air for several years when filming took place, in 1988. Additionally, after host Bob Eubanks asks announcer Johnny Gilbert to describe one of the homes offered, the voice-over heard on the new cut-in footage of Palm Meadow Estates is not Gilbert. See more »

Quotes

Gene Clifford: You should've bought American, Phil!
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Soundtracks

Camptown Races
(uncredited)
Composed by Stephen Foster (uncredited)
Performed by Terry O'Quinn (uncredited) and Jonathan Brandis (uncredited)
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Inferior but watchable sequel to the underrated original film
28 October 2018 | by a_chinnSee all my reviews

Okay sequel to the underrated original slasher/thriller about a demented serial killer, an excellent Terry O'Quinn, seeking the perfect all-American family and then slaughtering them when they don't live up to his white picket fence expectation. This sequel picks up from the end of the first film with O'Quinn escaping from an insane asylum, assuming a new identify, and finding a new family to be a loving stepfather. Jonathan Brandis, the son of O'Quinn's new wife, Meg Foster, begins to suspect something is wrong with his new stepdad and the white picket fences begin to crumble. The main weakness of this sequel is that the original film was told from the perspective of the teen daughter and tension built around her slowly coming to the realization that her new stepfather is not who he says he is. It wasn't a mystery in the original film that O'Quinn was a killer, but it was the suspenseful game of cat-and-mouse between stepfather and daughter that made the film interesting, as well as O'Quinn's dynamite performance. Where this sequel goes wrong is that O'Quinn is now the main character, which jettisons the film's cat-and-mouse suspense, and also causes film fall into standard slasher film conventions, losing the originality of the first film. O'Quinn is still excellent, but overall, "Stepfather II" is a so-so horror/slasher film that's nowhere as good as the highly original first film.


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