After escaping the insane asylum in which he was incarcerated, Jerry Blake (Terry O'Quinn) impersonates a marriage counselor and manages to win over a patient (Meg Foster) and her young son (Jonathan Brandis).
That psycho stepfather has escaped from the insane asylum and had his face surgically altered. Now he's married again, this time to a woman with a child in a wheelchair. He goes on a ... See full summary »
Following the disappearance of his teenage daughter, Dougie Molloy moves in with divorcee Maggie Shields in the hope of starting again. All is well until his new stepdaughter Scarlett goes missing too, and the past comes back to haunt him.
Michael Harding (Penn Badgely) returns home from military school to find his mother Susan (Sela Ward) happily in love and living with her new boyfriend David (Dylan Walsh). As the two men get to know each other, he becomes more and more suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand.
Traumatized by her mother's death, young Susan is becoming possessed by the same demon that possessed her mother before she died. More and more her husband and psychiatrist are noticing the... See full summary »
Dr. Caine, the murdering dentist from the original movie, has escaped from the mental hospital where he has been since being caught. Hoping to resume a normal life, he makes his way to a ... See full summary »
Convinced that her father's death was not accidental, a beautiful girl decides to investigate to find out the truth, aided by her boyfriend. Her sleuthing draws her to a local mortuary, where many secrets will be revealed.
Mary Beth McDonough,
Jerry Blake (Terry O'Quinn) escapes an insane asylum and winds up in another town, this time impersonating a marriage counselor. Now he seems to have found the perfect future wife (Meg Foster), with a stepson (Jonathan Brandis) who loves him. However, other people try to get in his way to marry her. They are interfering. One by one, Jerry eliminates anyone who stands in his way to a perfect family.Written by
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Early in the film, it is established that Jerry/Gene got the idea to move to the Palm Meadow Estates after seeing it mentioned as the locale for a grand prize on "Dream House". However, the game show only aired from April 1983 to July 1984, and had been off the air for several years when filming took place, in 1988. Additionally, after host Bob Eubanks asks announcer Johnny Gilbert to describe one of the homes offered, the voice-over heard on the new cut-in footage of Palm Meadow Estates is not Gilbert. See more »
An acceptable, but rather inferior and unnecessary sequel to the outstanding original
This unwarranted, but passable and reasonably engrossing sequel once again features the impeccable Terry O'Quinn as the titular anonymous obsessive family killer who this time escapes from an asylum, moves into a quiet suburb, and masquerades as a family psychologist (!). The stepfather's targets here for the perfect American family here are real estate agent Carol Grayland (well played by the always solid and lovely Meg Foster) and her young son Jeremy (an engaging portrayal by Jonathan Brandis). Director Jeff Burr (who previously gave us the good'n'ghastly horror anthology sleeper "The Offspring") builds a sufficient amount of tension and there's a delightfully spunky turn by the vivacious Caroline Williams (Stretch in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2") as Carol's nosy best friend Matty, but this follow-up falls markedly short of the first film's sterling quality because of John Auerbach's predictable script and sophomoric attempts at humor. Overall it's okay and worth seeing once, but the original was much better and more resonant.
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