BLIND FURY
1989, Sony Repertory, 86 min, Dir: Phillip Noyce

A loose adaptation of the beloved ZATOICHI series, BLIND FURY stars Rutger Hauer as Nick Parker, a blind samurai sword-wielding Vietnam vet, who slices and dices his way through the Reno-based criminal organization that kidnapped his old army buddy (played by Terry O'Quinn). The mob boss (Noble Willingham) soon finds that he has messed with the wrong guy, as neither swarms of henchman nor hired assassins are any match for Nick’s skill with the blade.


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.


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