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Strange Behavior

Rating:R
Genre:Suspense/Thriller, Horror
Release Date:October 16, 1981
Running time:99 minutes
Cast:Michael Murphy, Louise Fletcher, Dan Shor, Fiona Lewis, Arthur Dignam
Director:Michael Laughlin
Producer:John Daly
Writer:Bill Condon, Michael Laughlin

Description: 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, All Movie Guide

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