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Movie Details

Title:   The Stepfather
Director:   Joseph Ruben
Year:   1987
Genre:   Horror
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   06.14.07

Other Movies Seen By This Director (2)
- Dreamscape
- The Forgotten

Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
06.14.07Terror Thursday Terry O'Quinn's a psychotic dude who kills his family then moves on to the next. Lots of people here for this one, probably because it's a recognizable title even for kids born in the 80s. Loud crowd too but oh well.

Let's see. I really liked the vengeful brother-in-law. He seemed in a hurry to get pretty much everywhere, culminating in his frenzied entrance to the local library to look for a specific travel magazine. I love how he alost knocks over the Science Fiction rack in his quest to get to periodicals. And it's almost like a Stephen King novel in that as soon as he gets to where he's going and in a position to possibly become a useful part of the story, he's killed.

I also like how the psycho stepfather is actually psycho. He's not completely normal for his whole life until the last act when the twist is that it's him. Sure it's not a mystery story or anything like that, but I still appreciate when a movie takes the time to show that even though he's pretty decent at hiding his psychosis, it still seeps out every once in a while.

And lastly, it's cool that Donald E. Westlake wrote it.
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