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Stepfather II Review

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An unrepentant sociopathic killer has escaped from a psychiatric hospital and assumed a new identity. Posing as a family therapist he begins to court a divorced woman and wins over her son in order to satisfy his bloody urges.  

★★★★★

Surviving that knife through the heart in the finale of the first film, Terry O’Quinn’s serial-slaughtering family man is back in this unnecessary but effective sequel.

This time round, we see him courting divorcee Meg Foster, splattering anyone who gets in the way of his romance, while posing as a marriage guidance counsellor in suburbia.

O’Quinn holds centre screen with a development of his original terrific performance, and the rest of the picture backs him up with efficient enough thrills and black humour.

Director James Burr had some bridges to build after bringing us the shocking Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massare III, and here's a sequel he finally does justice to.

A welcome return for one of cinema's more interesting psychos