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Strange Behavior (1981)

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Release Date: Oct 16, 1981 Wide

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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

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Dec 9, 2003

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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.

April 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online
Turner Classic Movies Online

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[...]

March 24, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Both grisly and absurd.

February 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...a campy B-horror movie with some very funny moments.

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Director Michael Laughlin knows how to set up good, pleasant scares, and the acting is solid.

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Oddball, well-made and original take on the 80s teen-slasher genre

November 27, 2006

We need more dance numbers. We need more Tangerine Dream.

May 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Strange Behavior

an interestingly quirky teen slasher, a bit less generic than your usual slasher flick from the 80s. The plot is decent but quite slow-paced, and there's the occasional brutal stabbing murder, even though they're not very graphic they're nasty enough. It's got a cool musical score by Tangerine Dream too. Overall it's not a brilliant film but worth a look if you like slow-building atmospheric slashers.
January 30, 2011
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This horror movie has a silly plot, but it's so bad, I loved it, it's unintentionally funny and enjoyable because of that.
January 10, 2011
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