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The Stepfather

Released 1987
Distributor New Century Vista Film Company

Character actor Terry O’Quinn makes the most of his greatest role in Joseph Ruben’s sleeper hit about a fastidious serial killer who moves from family to family on a black-hearted killing spree. Stepfathers II and III followed in 1989 and 1992, and a remake was loosed on an uncaring world in 2009.

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.