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Dead Kids [2 Discs] [Blu-ray/DVD] [1981]

Release Date:03/11/2014

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    Special Features

    • Audio commentary with director/co-writer Michael Langhlin
    • Audio commentary with co-writer/associate producer Bill condon and actors Dan Shor & Dey Young
    • The Effects Of Strange Behavior - an interview with makeup effects artist Craig Reardon
    • US trailer
    • Isolated music score by Tangerine Dream (Near Dark, Legend)


    Strange Behavior
    Dead Kids, aka Strange Behavior, is a creepy exercise from director Michael Laughlin--who conceived this as part one of an abortive "Strange Trilogy" which also included 1983's Strange Invaders. Although lensed in New Zealand, the film is set in a sleepy American town, in which a series of gory murders committed by local teenagers are linked to a twisted brainwashing scheme by a deranged behavioral psychologist (note irony please). Despite some humorous details (e.g. one killer dons a Tor Johnson mask) and a nostalgia for '50s pulp horrors (not to mention a fondness for splattery death scenes), the disparate plot elements don't come together as well as they should, failing to live up to the premise's potential for guilty chuckles or gasps of horror. Fiona Lewis is sexually menacing as the mad doc's assistant, but Louise Fletcher's wasted role may make viewers pine for Nurse Ratched. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Michael Murphy
      Michael Murphy - Brady
    • Louise Fletcher
      Louise Fletcher - Barbara Moorhead
    • Dan Shor
      Dan Shor - Pete Brady
    • Fiona Lewis
      Fiona Lewis - Gwen Parkinson
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      Arthur Dignam - LeSange

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