I’ll just say before I start, this is the original Stepfather and not the newest one. I also have not seen the new one so cannot really compare them. Okay? Okay. So, The Stepfather, ‘A family-values man named Jerry Blake marries widows and divorcées with children in search of the perfect family. As soon as his new family members show signs of being human and not robots who will march unquestioningly to his tune, his dreams of domestic bliss begin to crumble, and he kills them. Then he alters his appearance, assumes a new identity, and skips to another town to begin the deadly ritual all over again. He marries Susan Maine, who sees him as the ideal surrogate father for her teenage daughter Stephanie, and he is soon up to his old tricks when she proves to be too much of a troublesome teen to handle.’ I knew the movie, I knew what happened in it and I knew how it opened and most details about it, but had never seen it.
I loved the opening, where you first see Terry O’Quinn changing and shaving. If you didn’t know the story or what we were going to see after this scene, this part would have been really good. It doesn’t seem like anything wrong, here’s a man who’s just changing, when it starts shaving his entire beard off and using contacts and glasses, you get slightly suspicious. But hey, he may just want a change. When he starts to put everything into a suitcase…that’s when you kind of go, “oh….snap”. Spoiler. He then walks out of the bathroom down the stairs and out the door…right past the corpses of the family he’s just murdered. This is a brilliant opening scene, comes out of nowhere, he’s just in the bathroom and then BAM, out the door past a whole load of corpses. He also just walks straight out the door and down the road, passing kids playing, neighbours just doing their normal, everyday business. And no one knows he’s just killed his family! It’s insane!
I’ll have to be honest though, it opened well, but I thought it could have been better after that. Terry O’Quinn made a very good evil man. I wouldn’t mess with him. But I thought they could have kept the suspense going longer, could have showed more of his evil side, more edge of your seat moments. I don’t know whether they changed this in the new one, I will just have to wait and see.
Overall, The Stepfather starts off very well, but then loses it, it has some good scenes and is an enjoyable film but could have gone further. And has Terry O’Quinn always been bald and just has really good wigs?