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Stepfather II (1989)

Stepfather II (1989)

Stepfather II




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A passable sequel to the excellent sleeper hit that preceded it, this film steers its story in a cartoonish, less horrific direction. Terry O'Quinn returns as the nameless family man who butchered one nuclear unit and was on his way to dispatching another when he was (seemingly) fatally stabbed. It turns out that he wasn't killed after all but was captured and sent to the loony bin. Now the deranged control freak has murdered his jailers and escaped from the institution. Establishing himself in a small, idyllic town as a family counselor, he thinks that he's found the perfect candidate for a family in Carol (Meg Foster), the real estate agent who lives across the street, and her son, Todd (Jonathan Brandis), who adores his mom's new boyfriend. Unfortunately, Carol's irresponsible husband shows up unexpectedly after abandoning his family -- and nosy neighbors and a variety of others stand as obstacles in the stepfather's path to perfection. The first film, The Stepfather (1987), by writer Donald E. Westlake was very loosely based on the real-life story of long-time fugitive John List, lending the film an eerie, skin-crawling air of psychological authenticity that this sequel entirely lacks.more
Rating: R
Genre: Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: John Auerbach
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 4, 2003
ITC Entertainment


Terry O'Quinn
as Gerald 'Jerry' Blake...
Meg Foster
as Carol Grayland
Caroline Williams
as Matty Crimmins
Jonathan Brandis
as Todd Grayland
Henry Brown
as Dr. Joseph Danvers
Mitchell Laurance
as Phil Grayland
Leon Martell
as Walt 'Smitty' Smith
Renata Scott
as Betty Willis
John O'Leary
as Sam Watkins
Eric Brown
as Hotel Attendant
Miriam Byrd-Nethery
as Sally Jenkins
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Critic Reviews for Stepfather II

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 4, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

Rarely has a sequel followed its predecessor's exact template like this thoroughly imitative follow-up.

Full Review… | May 20, 2011
Lessons of Darkness

...a tiresome sequel that boasts little worth recommending aside from Terry O'Quinn's expectedly electrifying performance.

Full Review… | November 25, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Stepfather II

Not as great as the first one, but it's still exciting and a good horror movie. I enjoyed it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


A logical and just as worthy sequel in the Stepfather series. Terry O'Quinn is back as the menacing family-killing stepfather figure. This time around, he has a stepson (Jonathan Brandis of Neverending Story 2 fame!) The wedding reception end battle is great.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

Inferior sequel to am average slasher film, The Stepfather II fails at capturing the essence of what made the first one entertaining. Filled with lacking Suspense and thrills, The Stepfather II is a disappointment and doesn't try to terrify the audience, most of time you feel bored, as the plot is too predictable and cliches ridden. overall, Stepfather II is a slasher flick with not a single interesting thing about it. A below average film, even by slasher film standards.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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