Strange Behavior (1981)
Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 8
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 2
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Release Date: Oct 16, 1981 Wide
Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 473
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
Oct 16, 1981 Wide
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The title Dead Kids makes it sound like a slasher picture or a zombie film [but] it's really a mix of mad scientist thriller and revenge movie dropped into a somewhat surreal recreation of small-town Midwest America.
Though lackadaisical pacing steals a lot of the tension, especially in the shrug of a climax, Dead Kids is full of wondrous scene-by-scene oddities[...]
Director Michael Laughlin knows how to set up good, pleasant scares, and the acting is solid.
Oddball, well-made and original take on the 80s teen-slasher genre
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