Gruesome Twosome Day 25: The StepfatherMonday, October 25th, 2010
B movies of the 90s had their queen, and she was Jill Schoelen. For once, she’s not the draw of one of the films she’s in, and for the record, The Stepfather is not a B film, but a taut, if somewhat predictable thriller with one very important thing going for it. Terry O’Quinn and his amazing performance as Jerry, the man who just wants a family of his very own. Of course, in modern times, things just don’t always go the way we might want them to. Jerry’s new families fall apart, so he whacks them, and moves on to start somewhere else. It’s a familiar story, to anyone who’s ever come from a broken home. I mean, not with the murder and such, but perhaps that’s why The Stepfather franchise has worked so well. All stepparents aren’t evil, but Terry certainly illustrates a worst case scenario. Jill is also on hand as his stepdaughter, foil, and necessary thriller cheesecake (though I’m fairly certain that’s a body double, and, if it isn’t, all the better). What makes a character like Jerry so dangerous is that, really, who amongst us hasn’t wanted things to be absolutely perfect from time to time? When you’re talking about ready made families, it’s hard to fit in a mold, let alone make everyone do your bidding. Terry O’Quinn’s answer? Kill ‘em all, and let the divorce attorney figure it out. See it. It’s worth a bit of your time, though by now everyone knows that Terry is one hell of an actor, and he shines here in his best bad guy role. (Take THAT Lost!)
See ThatWeirdGirl’s review here.