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).
That psycho stepfather has escaped from the insane asylum and had his face surgically altered. Now he's married again, this time to a woman with a child in a wheelchair. He goes on a ... See full summary »
Following the disappearance of his teenage daughter, Dougie Molloy moves in with divorcee Maggie Shields in the hope of starting again. All is well until his new stepdaughter Scarlett goes missing too, and the past comes back to haunt him.
Michael Harding (Penn Badgely) returns home from military school to find his mother Susan (Sela Ward) happily in love and living with her new boyfriend David (Dylan Walsh). As the two men get to know each other, he becomes more and more suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand.
Dr. Caine, the murdering dentist from the original movie, has escaped from the mental hospital where he has been since being caught. Hoping to resume a normal life, he makes his way to a ... See full summary »
Traumatized by her mother's death, young Susan is becoming possessed by the same demon that possessed her mother before she died. More and more her husband and psychiatrist are noticing the... See full summary »
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
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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 »
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 »
Inferior but watchable sequel to the underrated original film
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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