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Strange Behavior
     

Strange Behavior

Director: Michael Laughlin, Michael Murphy, Louise Fletcher, Dan Shor

Cast: Michael Laughlin, Michael Murphy, Louise Fletcher, Dan Shor

 

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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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2008
UPC:
0654930307397
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
R
Source:
Synapse Films
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
52,725

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Murphy Brady
Louise Fletcher Barbara Moorhead
Dan Shor Pete Brady
Fiona Lewis Gwen Parkinson
Arthur Dignam LeSange
Scott Brady Shea
Dey Young Caroline
Marc McClure Oliver
Charles Lane Donovan
Elizabeth Cheshire Lucy
Beryl TeWiata Mrs. Haskell
Jim Boelsen Waldo
John Clarke Alvin
Terry Donovan Mr. Brown
Andrew Glover 2nd Construction Worker
William Hayward Robinson
Richard Moore 1st Construction Worker
Sue Moore Steak-'n-Shake Waitress
Lulu Sylbert Oliver's Sister

Technical Credits
Michael Laughlin Director,Screenwriter
David Anderson Production Manager
John Barnett Producer
Russell Collins Art Director
Bill Condon Associate Producer,Screenwriter
John Daly Executive Producer
Stephen Edwards Sound/Sound Designer
William Fayman Executive Producer
Bruce Finlayson Costumes/Costume Designer
Antony I. Ginnane Producer
David Hemmings Executive Producer
Louis Horvath Cinematographer
Robert Hughes Original Story
Sue Moore Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Murray Newey Asst. Director
Petra Von Oelffen Editor
Craig Reardon Makeup Special Effects
Tangerine Dream Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Strange Behavior
1. Opening Credits [1:24]
2. Murder by Candlelight [3:29]
3. Off to School [7:03]
4. Easy Money [5:04]
5. Barbara [1:55]
6. The Party [5:20]
7. Lethal Parking [4:17]
8. The Next Day [2:27]
9. The Laboratory [3:03]
10. The Smart Pill [5:18]
11. Caroline [4:24]
12. Death of Mrs. Haskell [11:13]
13. Tied Up [3:11]
14. John Confronts Gwen [4:59]
15. Programmed to Kill [:29]
16. Barbara and John [2:01]
17. Dig up the Truth [4:56]
18. Return to College [3:44]
19. Pete's Mom [2:03]
20. Trapped [3:13]
21. Dr. Le Sangel [5:45]
22. "Kill Your Father!" [4:37]
23. The Wedding [3:26]
24. End Credits [2:11]

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