Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sharon Gless & Julie Kavner in Revenge of the Stepford Wives (1980)

The highly successful 1975 film The Stepford Wives  based on the novel of the same name by Ira Levin, led to a whole series of sequals - The Stepford Husbands (1996), The Stepford Children (1987), and of course the 2004 remake, but this was the first. The town of Stepford is doing very nicely, with the residents quite content with their lives. The lack of divorces and almost total lack of turn-over of town residents has caught the attention of a television producer, Kaye Foster (Gless) who has come to find out why everyone is seemingly so happy. Of course this causes alarm among the men, who are concerned that their habit of drugging and brainwashing their wives into docile homemakers who do their bidding without question will come to light. So from the time she checks in to the town motel, Kaye is skating on thin ice. Will she be able to make it out alive, or will she become one of them...or worse? Look for Mason Adams as a husband with regrets and Don Johnson as a newly recruited cop who's wife (Kavner) undergoes the treatment.

This film was released on VHS in 1989 and used copies can still be found. It has yet to be released on DVD, and online video of it has been limited to a few scattered scenes until just lately. It's been uploaded to YouTube in full by TVTERRORLAND. It can be watched in its entirety above.

Obscurity factor: 7 (available on VHS and YouTube, largely forgotten)

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