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Strange Behavior (1981)

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A scientist is experimenting with teenagers and turning them into murderers.

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Michael Laughlin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Charles Lane ... Donovan
Elizabeth Cheshire ... Lucy Brown
Beryl Te Wiata Beryl Te Wiata ... Mrs. Haskell
Jim Boelsen ... Waldo
Billy Al Bengston Billy Al Bengston ... Felix Rowe
Nicole Massie Nicole Massie ... Flying Nun (as Nicole Anderson)
Bill Condon ... Bryan Morgan
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Widowed John Brady is the Chief of Police in small town Galesburg, Illinois, where he has lived most of his life. His only offspring, Pete Brady, is a bright high school senior. John has been in turmoil since the suspicious death of his wife Catherine years earlier, which he always believed had something to do with her boss, Dr. Le Sange, who himself died shortly after Catherine's passing. Only recently has John and Pete's home life gotten back on track with John dating Barbara Moorehead, a waitress at the local hangout, she who has known John for some time. John's life takes a turn for the worse when he has to investigate the brutal slashing murders of four townsfolk in four separate incidents. A brief eyewitness statement to one of the murders before the eyewitness herself is murdered is the only substantive evidence. However, the three other victims were the sons of long time friends of his. Those three friends have a special connection to John's past. As such, he believes if the ... Written by Huggo

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Writer and later highly successful director Bill Condon plays Bryan, the film's first teenage victim. See more »

Alternate Versions

Although the 1986 UK video version was uncut the 1993 Vipco release was cut by 26 secs by the BBFC to remove shots of Pete Brady vertically cutting his wrist with a knife, as this was classed as an imitable suicide technique. The cuts were expanded to 41 secs for the 2004 DVD release though the 2008 Optimum DVD restores around 14 secs via a different edit. See more »

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interesting and entertaining
17 June 2004 | by dispetSee all my reviews

dead kids is very well made and unusual addition to horror cinema. it is an australian/new zealend production, and was made with the intention to sell it to an american market. so you get a film that looks very much like an american film, is shot and crafted like an american film with american actors (who are often better than any australian actor that gets into this kind of film, neighbours and home and away are rarely good casting grounds) but the script has a definite australian feel to it. from the odd, sly humour, to the way it deals with the murders and the almost complete lack of morality in the film. not to say it is immoral, but themes of morality never come into it, which is not often seen in american horror.

for the most part, it is wonderfully directed, one that has to be seen in widescreen to appreciate. however, the murders are somewhat lacklustre, they are directed with very little bite. it is obvious that the director has no idea of hot to show "action". most of the time it does not drastically effect the overall film as this is not a typical slasher film. in a few scenes however, this "relaxed" view of violence heightens the horror, such as the final murder and the "human experiments" carried out on the main character. as mentioned above, the script is quite interesting and entertaining. however, there is a 2 minute ending tacked on after the final showdown which drastically decreases the power of the film.

while not being a classic, it is still one of the better and more interesting horror films of the 80s that deserves a far wider audience than it has recieved.


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Language:

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Release Date:

13 November 1981 (USA) See more »

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Dead Kids See more »

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