Strange Behavior

Strange Behavior

Director: Michael Laughlin

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 aSee more details below

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:
05/13/2003
UPC:
0790594234225
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
R
Source:
Elite
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:39:00

Special Features

New digital transfer ; 16x9 anamorphic widescreen; Aspect ratio 2.35:1; Animated motion menus ; 24 chapters with motion images; Theatrical trailers- U.S. and Australian ; Trailer gallery ; 2 deleted scenes ; photo gallery ; Filmographies ; Isolated music score ; Spanish dubbed track ; Commentary track with writer Bill Condon, actors Dan Shor and Dey Young ; Dual layer disc (SSDL) for high quality picture and sound

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

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits
2. Murder by Candlelight
3. Off to School
4. Easy Money
5. Barbara
6. The Party
7. Lethal Parking
8. The Next Day
9. The Laboratory
10. The Smart Pill
11. Caroline
12. Death of Mrs. Haskell
13. Tied Up
14. John Confronts Gwen
15. Programmed to Kill
16. Barbara and John
17. Dig Up the Truth
18. Return to Galesburg
19. Pete's Mom
20. Trapped
21. Dr. Le Sangel
22. "Kill Your Father!"
23. The Wedding
24. End Credits

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