Following in the immediate footsteps of the first film, THE STEPFATHER 2 finds Jerry (now Gene) cozying up with a real estate agent and her son after his bloody escape from the institution. Things appear to be going well until her estranged husband returns to reconcile and her closest friend begins growing suspicious of her new fiance. The sequel does offer a familiar plot, but with weaker characters, writing, and suspense, it ends up feeling more like a cheap imitation than a true continuation story. Terry O'Quinn remains to be the only ingredient in the film that works, although his performance feels much less inspired than before. Sequelitis has also set in, as the blood and gore have been noticeably increased in order to capture some of the late 80s Slasher audience. While it may not be as enjoyable as the original, THE STEPFATHER 2 maintains a similar style and tone that should appeal to series fans.
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