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Strange Behavior (1981)

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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 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

Louise Fletcher
as Barbara Moorhead
Dan Shor
as Pete Brady
Fiona Lewis
as Gwen Parkinson
Dey Young
as Caroline
Charles Lane
as Donovan
Beryl Te Wiata
as Mrs. Haskell
Beryl TeWiata
as Mrs. Haskell
Terry Donovan
as Mr. Brown
Andrew Glover
as 2nd Construction Worker
Richard Moore
as 1st Construction Worker
Sue Moore
as Steak-'n-Shake Waitress
Lulu Sylbert
as Oliver's Sister
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Critic Reviews for Strange Behavior

All Critics (8)

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…
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 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
The Dissolve

Both grisly and absurd.

February 6, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

August 27, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…
ColeSmithey.com

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

April 9, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
eFilmCritic.com

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

November 27, 2006 | Rating: 3/5
Slasherpool

Audience Reviews for Strange Behavior

½

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.

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Lee ?

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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.

Aj V
Aj V

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