Stepfather II (1989)
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
as Gerald 'Jerry' Blake...
as Carol Grayland
as Matty Crimmins
as Todd Grayland
as Dr. Joseph Danvers
as Phil Grayland
as Walt 'Smitty' Smith
as Betty Willis
as Sam Watkins
as Hotel Attendant
as Sally Jenkins
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Critic Reviews for Stepfather II
Rarely has a sequel followed its predecessor's exact template like this thoroughly imitative follow-up.
...a tiresome sequel that boasts little worth recommending aside from Terry O'Quinn's expectedly electrifying performance.
The original is great; this is lousy.
Audience Reviews for Stepfather II
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.More
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.More
A misfire because it obviously tries to take advantage of its predecessor. The psychotic killer from the first film starts the same routine all over again by posing as a marriage counselor and preying on unsuspecting divorcees and widows.More
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