After killing off a couple families in the first film, Terry break out of psycho ward and moves to sunny California. Where, as you know, it is super easy to pretend you are someone else. And apparently, it is just as easy to get a home loan and a job as a psychologist too. Lucky for us, otherwise there wouldn’t be a sequel.
Stepfather II is a psychological horror film and an unappreciated one at that. The first film focused on Terry already in the role of stepdad, this one shows us how the mad man works his way into a family. Here, Terry spends the majority of the movie finding the perfect situation and setting his devious traps.
Once scene I particularly liked involved Terry watching clips from a video dating service. The women were hilariously unsuitable for his needs.
The pressure and suspense is nicely constructed by director Jeff Burr (The Offspring) allowing for the viewer to once again develop the feeling of wanting to yell at your television. Ya know, to save the recently widowed (by Terry’s doing) woman from making a terrible choice.
Overall the film falls short of achieving the greatness of the original Stepfather film but is fun and develops a further understanding of the infamous titular character. Now I just gotta get my hands on Stepfather III: Father’s Day.
Snore Factor: ZZZ