Stepfather 2 Jerry Blake (Terry O’Quinn) escapes an insane asylum and winds up in another town, this time impersonating a marriage counselor. Now he seems to have found the perfect future wife (Meg Foster), with a stepson (Jonathan Brandis) who loves him. However, other people try to get in his way to marry her. They are interfering. One by one, Jerry eliminates anyone who stands in his way to a perfect family.
Underrated psychological masterpiece
I actually enjoy Stepfather 2 more than the first Stepfather movie. The haunting theme does a lot for creating a truly sinister atmosphere. Rarely does a film score stick in my head, but this one does. And then there’s Terry O’Quinn who plays the character just right.
You have to remember that this film was basically made in only 4 months. That’s writing the script, casting, shooting, post production, etc. It was made for about 1 and a half million dollars and originally was supposed to be a direct to video release. Some additional shots were added and changed when the studio decided it was going to run a theatrical release like the first Stepfather, and they needed a more violent “Horror Movie”.
The new DVD release presents the film in it’s original Widescreen format, and it’s a very sharp Animorphic transfer. A great thing included on the disc is that it has many alternate and extended scenes that were from the original Director’s cut. There is also a short still gallery, and a very interesting full-length commentary by the Director and Producer of Stepfather 2.
If you like this film then you need this DVD, it easily blows away the old VHS and Laserdisc editions. Now, if only they’d release the 1st Stepfather movie on DVD!!!