UW Cinematheque: Westlake on Film
The Stepfather | USA | 1987 | 35mm | 98 min. Director: Joseph Ruben
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
4070 Vilas Hall
Cast: Terry O’Quinn, Jill Schoelen, Shelley Hack In a tour-de-force, O’Quinn (Lost’s John Locke) appears to be a man looking to be the patriarch of a “perfect” American family, but he is really a psycho whose impossibly high standards always lead to violence and murder. Inspired by the real-life crimes of John List, Donald Westlake’s original screenplay is peppered with the author’s signature satire, a quality that helped to make The Stepfather one of the most memorable of all 80s thrillers.