Ratings Key



★★★★
= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
★★★
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Stepford Children, The (1987) (TV)

Directed by:
Alan J. Levi

The third in the series, following the theatrical hit THE STEPFORD WIVES (1975) and the forgettable made-for-TV effort REVENGE OF THE STEPFORD WIVES (1980), is a silly and somewhat dull (though watchable) telefilm from the director of the Frankie Avalon "horror" BLOOD SONG (1982) and countless TV movies. Two big city teens (Tammy Lauren, Randall Batinkoff) move with their parents (Barbara Eden, Don Murray) to a small town where the sinister adults have perfected making robotic "model" teenagers who do exactly as they are told. With Ken Swofford (BLACK ROSES), Sharon Spelman (THE BLOB remake), former pro football linebacker and sports commentator Dick Butkus, Richard Anderson (THE NIGHT STRANGLER), James Coco (a bright spot as a cooking teacher), a young John Cameron Mitchell and Judith Baldwin (who had appeared in the original film). At least this one never polluted our video shelves here in America since it was never released on tape (and has yet to receive a DVD release either). It was followed by yet another TV "sequel" in 1995 (which was made for cable) called THE STEPFORD HUSBANDS and then Frank Oz's 2004 abomination starring Nicole Kidman. The original is the only one of these that's really worth watching.

★★

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