Strange Behavior [DVD] [1981]

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Special Features

  • Audio commentary with co-writer Bill Condon and actors Dan Shor and Dey Young
  • U.S. & Australian theatrical trailers
  • Deleted scenes
  • Isolated music score by Tangerine Dream
  • Photo gallery
  • Filmographies


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
  • Image coming soon
    Arthur Dignam - LeSange

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