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A passable sequel to the excellent sleeper hit that preceded it, this film steers its story in a cartoonish, less horrific direction. Terry O'Quinn returns as the nameless family man who butchered one nuclear unit and was on his way to dispatching another when he was (seemingly) fatally stabbed. It turns out that he wasn't killed after all but was captured and sent to the loony bin. Now the deranged control freak has murdered his jailers and escaped from the institution. Establishing himself in a small, idyllic town as a family counselor, he thinks that he's found the perfect candidate for a family in Carol (Meg Foster), the real estate agent who lives across the street, and her son, Todd (Jonathan Brandis), who adores his mom's new boyfriend. Unfortunately, Carol's irresponsible husband shows up unexpectedly after abandoning his family -- and nosy neighbors and a variety of others stand as obstacles in the stepfather's path to perfection. The first film, Jonathan Brandis (1987), by writer Donald E. Westlake was very loosely based on the real-life story of long-time fugitive John List, lending the film an eerie, skin-crawling air of psychological authenticity that this sequel entirely lacks. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:November 3, 1989


Terry O'Quinn
as The Stepfather
Meg Foster
as Carol Grayland
Caroline Williams
as Matty Crimmins
Jonathan Brandis
as Todd Grayland
Henry Brown
as Dr. Joseph Danvers
Mitchell Laurance
as Phil Grayland
Leon Martell
as Smitty
Renata Scott
as Betty Willis
John O'Leary
as Sam Watkins
Eric Brown
as Hotel Attendant
Miriam Byrd-Nethery
as Sally Jenkins


Jeff Burr
Joseph Ruben
John Auerbach
Jacek Laskus
Jim Manzie
Composer (Music Score)
Pat Regan
Composer (Music Score)
Aram Allen
Art Director
William Burr
Darin Scott
Carol Lampman
Executive Producer
Johnna Butler
Set Designer
Julie Carnahan
Costume Designer
Michele Burke