The Stepfather
The Stepfather (1987)

A man who at first seems to be the ideal husband proves to be a psychotic serial killer searching for the "perfect" family -- and willing to kill whenever he is disappointed. This skillful thriller hinges on the killer's… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 23, 1987
DVD Release Date: February 9, 2010
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

An engrossing suspense thriller that refreshingly doesn't cheat the audience in terms of valid clues and plot twists.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

While I was watching the film, I was distracted by elements of the Idiot Plot Syndrome -- moments when only an idiot would have made such obvious mistakes.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

That's really all the movie needs to work: a sublime villain, with tight, driven direction, perfectly sturdy, effective writing, and a heroine who we can believe in.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

One is left longing for Hitchcock's dark, daring wit and disturbingly amoral insights.

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

The styling is never less than assured, and [director] Ruben knows how to put bland, unruffled surfaces to sinister Hitchcockian uses.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

The key to this movie is O'Quinn as the title character. He's a scary bastard, and as an actor he commits to the role.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Too often disappointingly thin.

Hal Hinson
Washington Post

May be the best movie about the breakup of a family since Shoot the Moon.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The Stepfather works for American Eagle Realty, and the company logo pegs him as both a patriot and a predator. 'It's like living with Ward Cleaver,' his stepdaughter complains, not knowing that the 'cleaver' reference could be another pun...

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Cory Taylor
Before he was marooned on a desolate island, Terry O'Quinn was a fiendishly vile serial killer who targeted widows and their suspicious children. The… More
Alex roy
Average horror film portraying yet another serial killer. The Stepfather is a suspenseful, creepy and compelling film. The Stepfather is a film that really goes… More
Jason Spencer
While it plays like a normal lower budget 80's thriller / horror flick the awesome Terry O'Quinn elevates the movie for me. He the perfect blend of… More
Wahida K
A Brilliant Classic.
Aj V
This is a very realistic and scary horror movie, more of a horror drama, I'd say. Plus, I heard it was based on a true story, which makes sense because… More
Conner Rainwater
If it wasn't for Terry O'Quinn, this would've been horrible. He can literally make anything sound creepy. The other actors are just bland and the… More