Just when it looked like slasher movies were wholly irredeemable, director Joseph Ruben came along to prove there is some intelligent life in this otherwise bereft subgenre. Featuring a fascinating script by novelist Donald Westlake, some taut direction, and an absolutely absorbing
performance by Terry O'Quinn, THE STEPFATHER is not just another slice-and-dice thriller. Loosely based on a real-life case, the film begins in a picturesque suburb, where a rugged-looking, bearded man (O'Quinn) washes blood from his hands, cuts his hair, shaves, and changes clothes to emerge a
completely different person. As he walks downstairs, we see that the man's entire family has b...