Sunday, June 4, 2017

30th ANNIVERSARY: The Stepfather

Jill Schoelen, Shelley Hack and Terry O'Quinn in The Stepfather
Watch the 1987 trailer of The Stepfather at:
The Stepfather (1987) Trailer
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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! It's the 30th anniversary of the release of the film The Stepfather. The film was released in June of 1987 and has since become a cult classic. Directed by Joseph Ruben, it starred Terry O'Quinn in the title role, as Jerry Blake, a man who had the knack of marrying into the "perfect" family and then killing the family off when he deems they're not perfect after all. Shelley Hack played Susan Maine, the woman who marries Jerry and is willing look past the cracks she's beginning to notice. Jill Schoelen played Stephanie, Susan's daughter by her first marriage. Stephanie doesn't like Jerry, finds him creepy and is determined to find out who he really is. The story was penned by Carolyn Lefcourt, Brian Garfield andDonald E. Westlake, who got screenplay credit.

The Stepfather has been released in DVD

The film spawned two sequels Stepfather II in 1989 and Stepfather III in 1992. They had different directors and weren't as good. It also spawned a remake in 2009 which received mixed reviews. The original movie however is a great watch and is currently available on DVD - which also contains a featurette on the making of the film. If you can get it, watch it.