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Product Details

  • Actors: Terry O'Quinn, Jill Schoelen, Shelley Hack, Charles Lanyer, Stephen Shellen
  • Directors: Joseph Ruben
  • Writers: Brian Garfield, Carolyn Lefcourt, Donald E. Westlake
  • Producers: Jay Benson
  • Format: Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • Release Date: June 15 2010
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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Product Description

Item Type: DVD Movie
Item Rating: R
Street Date: 06/15/10
Wide Screen: yes
Director Cut: no
Special Edition: no
Foreign Film: no
Dubbed: no
Full Frame: no
Re-Release: no
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Format: Blu-ray
I love this film, but I'm not going to review it. Put simply, if you're reading this page presumably you have some interest in thrillers, or crime dramas, or character studies of the mentally ill criminal types, then you should get it. Competetantly directed, well written black humour laden but intelligent screenplay and one fantastic performance from Mr Terry O'Quinn. He returned for Part 2 and I have to say, I like that one better.

However, in contrast to the other review for this film, I have to mention he did NOT appear in Part 3. And that's why it sucked :)

Oh, and because I'm on Amazon.ca, I will mention - Stepfather was filmed in Canada, Vancouver I believe but I'm not sure, and features many actors besides O'Quinn who would feature in Chris Carter productions. The first one to spring to mind is a man who works for the Police who played the First Elder in The X-Files. X-Files, and Millennium, were both filmed in Vancouver too, you see :)
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
5 stars for this classic thriller that slipped under many peoples radar back in the 1980's
Terry O'Quinn as the Stepfather gives a stellar performance as a nutcase case walking the thin line between reality and psycho. The movie takes you inside the head of someone obsessed with creating a Rockwell fantasy world.
So go on then.... whistle a few bars of Camptown Races & create a dream family to die for!!!
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I am giving this only 4 stars...not because of the movie, but the product itself. Finally waited for years for to come out on Blu Ray........quality was not that great and in this day and age, NO SUBTITLES???? Really?
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Format: DVD
Forget the remake of the Stepfather coming out this weekend, this is the real deal!

Limited release in theatres when it first came out without much hype so it went straight to VHS where it became a cult classic and thats where i discovered it, in the Horror section along with the likes of Nightmare on Elm Street, Slaughter High, April Fools Day, Friday the 13th and more..

Even though it is classified as a Horror Film and there is alot of violence and blood...i wouldnt put it as a horror, more as a suspenseful thriller but whatever...it does what it's supposed to do...play with your emotions, get you really stressed & makes you jump, but what it really does so well...is that it keeps you glued to the screen to know whats going to happen next.

Terry O'Queen (From Lost) is amazing as "The Stepfather"...a kind and friendly man who can turn into a psycho at the flick of a switch...but the acting is so good that you could see him as both a loving father and a murderer...just a great performance, too bad he didnt get enough praise for it during that time, lets hope that the re-release of this film will give him the credit he deserved!

Of course, the release of this film is of course to cash in on the 2009 remake but whatever, nothing can compare to the original...watch it, you wont be disapointed!

Worth Noting: There was also a part 2 which was still not bad but not great, thank god for another fine performance from O'Queen and yes, believe it or not...Stepfather 3 was released as well 1-2 years later...still with O'Queen, but i think he was sick at that point of doing these sequels and it showed..and it just was a bad film all together...surprised it did not get released along with the first two...maybe one day!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa936f234) out of 5 stars 94 reviews
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa9378db0) out of 5 stars i LOVE this movie Oct. 19 2009
By Samspade13 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
i couldn't be happier that this movie has finally found it's way to dvd. one of my all time favorites and what was becoming the "holy grail" of movies to find on dvd. the transfer looked good without any obvious "cleaning up" of the scenes for dvd. i wish there were a few more special features but i am happy they included "the stepfather cronicles" because i love hearing the behind the scenes workings of my favorites. terry o'quinn does an acting tour de force as jerry blake, the stepfather. he so completely inhabits the role that i am suprised and thankful that he was not type cast after this role.i read somewhere one time that his role as the stepfather was a cross between mr. rogers and mark harmon. i can see that. it may not be hamlet or macbeth but it is damn fine acting. jill shoelen is great as the daughter. i am so happy to hear that the dvd release may have brought her back to the conscience of producers and casting directors. this is a great movie that possibly gets a bad rap as "horror" or "slasher" neither of which it is. it is a great movie about one mans struggle to make his world the way he believes it should be and treating it, and everyone around him, like an "etch o sketch" when they inevitably disappoint him. he simply reinvents himself elsewhere and then cleans up the mess at home before embarking on to his new existence. do yourself a favor and watch this movie.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa9176018) out of 5 stars The wait has been so long, I'm actually digging myself out of a grave, to see this dvd! July 21 2009
By Marek Kruczynski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I'm pretty sure I'm with everyone else, on this page, when I say it's about time!
I'm a huge scarry movie fan, and I must admit, I'm a bit partial to the older films, than most of what comes out today.
That being said, If your seeking a real tale of fright, this is your movie. It's funny, everytime you get together with people & talk about scarry movies, "The Stepfather" is either always the last one mentioned, or not mentioned at all; and I can't, for the life of me, understand why.
It's an original story, not like other scarry movies where the storyline is being used for the 100th time. This movie has everything you could want in a horror film. It has the right elements of atmosphere, music,suspense, character development, and just the right amount of the red stuff . . . without going overboard! I haven't seen many films that actually bring these key elements together just right, and this one does it right. There are a couple of comical moments, as is usual, but for the most part, this film is dark, serious, and means business.
Maybe that's it, maybe it's to real for people to accept.
I promise,when watching this one, you will not be leaving in the middle of the film for extra soda & popcorn!
23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa9176258) out of 5 stars I Saw The Remake Trailer For The Stepfather And Smiled Aug. 15 2009
By Tripp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I Saw The Remake Trailer And Smiled

Why? Because I knew because of this we were finally gonna get the original Stepfather on DVD. This movie for me was one of those rare times I came home late put on cable an caught the opening scene without knowing what this movie was called or what it was about. Isn't that great when that happens? Your thinking what is this? Then he walked down those stairs passed the bodies and blood and out the door, I was glued to my TV from that moment on. This has been one of my favorites ever since. You know what else is wonderful about this movie, the cinematography,the look and feel of this picture. The neighborhood,the fall,the leaves,trees, the homes the street the lighting. I wish this were coming out on Blu Ray, hey maybe.

Till this day no matter how many times I've seen it I still get soooo humorously annoyed with JIM OGILVIE. He does this incredible job of tracking Jerry down. He knows the damn house he lives in now, walks in the door with his gun in his pocket lol and then is shocked to see him with blood on him.
What a boob! That and the sound of the phone hitting Shelly Hacks face still makes me cringe. Great writing, great directing, and wonderful acting,this film is scary yet so warm and inviting. You actually feel sorry for this lunatic. Must Have!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa91763fc) out of 5 stars A Classic that Easily Transcends the Horror Genre June 25 2013
By SlimTim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I can't recommend this movie enough. Terry O'Quinn's performance should rank amongst the best of all time in film. O'Quinn takes this role in what would be a good movie and takes it to another level. He makes it a masterpiece of any genre.

The Stepfather's only shortcomings are not doing more with the Jerry Blake character. He is so brilliant that you don't want the movie to end and it leaves you with a strong desire to see more of a backstory. The film does a good job of explaining what's going on which sets up its scenes effectively. However, it would've been awesome to see more of O'Quinn, instead of the plot just being set up by references.

Shout Factory does a solid job with the blu ray release. However, it does not appear to be remastered. It is pricey, but I felt it was a must for my collection. It also includes an interesting documentary on the making of the film.

All in all, I'd recommend this to anyone older than 16. The foul language is minimal. The violence is gruesome in spots, but not over the top, and it feels like just enough to effectively execute certain scenes. There is a very brief sex scene containing no nudity that I feel would be teen safe. However, there is a later scene of nudity that I definitely would not want my children or teen to see.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa91762d0) out of 5 stars The Perfect Father... July 27 2010
By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Jerry Blake (Terry O'Quinn) is a new man since murdering his entire family and acquiring a new identity. No one knows who he really is, including his new wife (Shelley Hack) or his stepdaughter (Jill Schoelen from POPCORN and WHEN A STRANGER CALLS BACK). Don't worry, this isn't a spoiler, we know all of this information from the very beginning. Jerry sets up his latest "family" right away, leaving his past behind, as if it never happened. You see, Jerry just wants the perfect family, without fuss or problems. As long as everyone co-operates, everything is dandy. It's when people start disappointing him that Jerry has to respond. He must have order and perfection, or else! THE STEPFATHER is a fantastic 80s thriller, in the same league as FATAL ATTRACTION and future films like THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE and SINGLE WHITE FEMALE. O'Quinn is masterful as Blake, a man torn between pretentious calm and homicidal violence. Ms. Hack is excellent as the oblivious mum, while Schoelen plays the pesky fly in Jerry's ointment! A great story w/ a finale that rivals the afore-mentioned classics of the genre! Buy immediately!...

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