Strange Behavior

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 ...
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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.
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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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • UPC: 654930307397
  • Original Release: 1981
  • Rating:

  • Source: Synapse Films
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 60,614

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. Giannane Producer
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

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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Strange Behavior
   Play Feature
   Scene Selections
   Audio Setup
      English
      Spanish / EspaƱol
      Isolated Music Score
      Commentary With Writer Bill Condon and Actors Dan Shor and Dey Young: On
      Commentary With Writer Bill Condon and Actors Dan Shor and Dey Young: Off
   Special Features
      Trailers
         Strange Behavior
         Dead Kids
         Patrick
         Thirst
         Syngenor
         Play All
      Deleted Scenes
         Scene 1
         Scene 2
         Commentary: On
         Commentary: Off
         Play All
      Photo Gallery
      Filmographies
         Michael Murphy - John Brady
         Louise Fletcher - Barbara Moorehead
         Dan Shor - Pete Brady
         Fiona Lewis - Gwen Parkinson
         Arthur Dignam - Dr. Le Sange / Nagel
         Dey Young - Caroline
         Marc McClure - Oliver Myerhoff
         Scott Brady - Shea
         Michael Laughlin - Director/Writer
         Bill Condon - Writer
         Antony I. Ginnane - Producer
         John Barnett - Producer
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