THE STEPFATHER
1987, 89 min, USA, Dir: Joseph Ruben

Jerry Blake (Terry O'Quinn) tries to be the perfect husband and father, and he expects the same perfection from his family - when they don’t measure up, he murders them and assumes a new identity in a new town to start the process all over. Inspired by the case of killer John List, this is one of the 1980s’ most effective thrillers, powered by terrific performances by O'Quinn and Jill Schoelen as the increasingly suspicious stepdaughter.


THE GRIFTERS
1990, Miramax, 110 min, USA, Dir: Stephen Frears

After a small-time scam backfires, Roy Dillon (John Cusack) is hospitalized, bringing his estranged mother Lilly (Anjelica Huston) back into his life. When she tries to turn him away from girlfriend Myra (Annette Bening), Roy finds himself caught between con artists whose talent for deception far outstrips his own. Adapted from the Jim Thompson novel, this suspenseful neo-noir earned Oscar nominations for Frears, Huston, Bening and screenwriter Donald E. Westlake.


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