Written by / 7/31/2023 / No comments / , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

DECONSTRUCTING 'STRANGE BEHAVIOR' INVOLVING 'DEAD KIDS'

Title: STRANGE BEHAVIOR aka STRANGE KIDS Year: 1981 Rating: ****

In director Michael Laughlin and co-writer/producing partner Bill Condon's second in their Strange-Double-Feature, titled STRANGE INVADERS, Dey Young and Dan Shor appear in a quick prologue as young yet old-fashion 1950's-era lovers, smooching in a car...

And two years earlier in STRANGE BEHAVIOR they're again behind the wheel, but here as the lead characters in modern times... the sheriff's son and his progressive girlfriend... as she timidly smokes after he'd (covertly) altered into a living-zombie-type, knocking her out before returning to the film's ominous epicenter — that caused his potentially lethal mental and physical transition...

Fiona Lewis in STRANGE BEHAVIOR aka DEAD KIDS

An enigmatic research building with Dey as a naïve receptionist where seductive yet evil scientist Fiona Lewis conducts clandestine experiments... that would be better kept secret for viewers... but the description of what's originally titled DEAD KIDS has been spoiled since the video box's backside description...

The plot involving a group of suburban teens who randomly engage in grisly murders while their methodical, slow-moving actions are like something from a listless, poisoning nightmare, fitfully backed by a surreal Tangerine Dream score and filmed in the gorgeous Australian landscape, masquerading as a rural American small town...

Nicole Massie welcomes Dan Shor & Marc McClure to a DEAD KIDS Party

Where sheriff Michael Murphy, fiance Louise Fletcher and detective Scott Brady are literally clueless until an overlong monologue-spouting explanation, liken to a mystery/whodunnit's finale, which STRANGE BEHAVIOR is anything but... 

The rest and best elements involve those young killers, like Dan Shor's buddy Marc McClure chasing Elizabeth Cheshire in a slasher-flick-fashion outside a house party where a hypnotically bizarre dance sequence makes DEAD KIDS really unique — if only they had more to do (as in more victims to stalk and kill) since, overall, this offbeat investigative thriller works better along the more archetypal horror-beaten path.

Dey Young in STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Fiona Lewis in STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Michael Murphy in STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Dey Young in STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Michael Murphy in STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Dan Shor in STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Dan Shor in STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Elizabeth Cheshire in STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Dan Shor in STRANGE BEHAVIOR with Marc McClure
Dey Young in STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Dan Shore in STRANGE BEHAVIOR with Cindy Arnold
Nicole Massie as Flying Nun in STRANGE BEHAVIOR with Cindy Arnold
Michael Murphy in STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Scott Brady and Fiona Lewis in STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Elizabeth Cheshire in STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Dey Young in STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Dey Young in STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Michael Murphy in STRANGE BEHAVIOR with Scott Brady
Dan Shor and Fiona Lewis in STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Elizabeth Cheshire in MELVIN & HOWARD and STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Elizabeth Cheshire in STRANGE BEHAVIOR with Jim Boelsen
Elizabeth Cheshire in STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Elizabeth Cheshire in STRANGE BEHAVIOR

Dey Young and Dan Shore in STRANGE INVADERS and STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Signed Dead Kids Blu Ray by Marc McClure and Louise Fletcher
Marc McClure in STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Louise Fletcher in STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Dan Shor and Fiona Lewis in STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Dey Young in STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Dan Shor in Strange Behavior aka Small Town Massacre aka Massacre Brutal aka Dead Kids
Marc McClure and Dan Shore in DEAD KIDS aka STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Dan Shore in DEAD KIDS with Michael Murphy
Fiona Lewis in DEAD KIDS
Fiona Lewis and Dan Shor in DEAD KIDS
Fiona Lewis and Dan Shor in DEAD KIDS
Australian locations for STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Australian locations for STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Australian locations for STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Australian locations for STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Australian locations for STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Louise Fletcher in DEAD KIDS
Dey Young and Michael Murphy in DEAD KIDS
Dey Young and Dan Shor in DEAD KIDS
Dey Young and Dan Shor in DEAD KIDS

Dey Young and Don Shor in DEAD KIDS
B. Courtenay Leigh and Dey Young in STRANGE BEHAVIOR
B. Courtenay Leigh and Beryl Te Wiata in STRANGE BEHAVIOR
B. Courtenay Leigh and Beryl Te Wiata in STRANGE BEHAVIOR
B. Courtenay Leigh and Beryl Te Wiata in STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Original New Zealand title for Strange Behavior is DEAD KIDS
Lulu Sylbert in Strange Behavior in the followup STRANGE INVADERS with Paul Le Mat
Dey Young in STRANGE INVADERS and STRANGE BEHAVIOR
Dey Young in STRANGE BEHAVIOR with Dan Shor

Share This Post :
Tags : , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

All Time Popular

Featured Post

LEX BARKER WITH VÉRONIQUE VENDELL IN 'CODE 7, VICTIM 5'

Title: CODE 7, VICTIM 5 Alternate Title: VICTIM FIVE Year: 1964 Rating: ***1/2 With a title that sounds more like the final score of a compu...

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM
Movie Reviews, Interviews, Articles and Pop Culture from White Heat to Blue City

RIP ACTOR KEN HUTCHISON

TOTAL HITS

Popular Trending

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE
RANDOM QUOTE: "You're the junkman; you get everything sooner or later." Dana Andrews, The Best Years of Our Lives

FILM NOIR & NEO NOIR CRIME

FAVORITES SHORTLIST

1)OTLEY 2)HELL IS A CITY 3)ROBBERY 4)THE FEARMAKERS 5)CANYON PASSAGE 6)VIOLENT SATURDAY 7)HOT CARS 8)JUNGLE STREET 9)THE CROWDED SKY 10)THE ROARING TWENTIES 11) ANATOMY OF A MURDER 12)SHARKS' TREASURE 13)SWEENEY TWO 14)RAIDERS FROM BENEATH THE SEA 15)HARDCORE 16)THE BREAK 17)WHITE HEAT 18)AL CAPONE 19)HIDDEN FEAR 20)FALLEN ANGEL 21)THEY CAME TO ROB LAS VEGAS 22)THE ASPHALT JUNGLE 23)ASH WEDNESDAY 24)THE SYSTEM 25)AIR PATROL 26)THE STONE KILLER 27)EASY LIVING 28)WILLIAM CONRAD'S BRAINSTORM 29)FRENZY 30)THE MAN FROM LARAMIE 1)DANA ANDREWS 2)JAMES CAGNEY 3)STANLEY BAKER 4)MARLON BRANDO 5)CHARLES BRONSON1)VIRGINIA MAYO 2)SUE LYON 3)GENE TIERNEY 4)MERRY ANDERS 5)FAYE DUNAWAY DIRECTORS 1)JACQUES TOURNEUR 2)RICHARD FLEISCHER 3)VAL GUEST 4)STANLEY KUBRICK 5)OTTO PREMINGER 6)ORSON WELLES 7)JOHN GUILLERMAN 8)JOHN LANDIS 9)JOHN CARPENTER 10)MICHAEL WINNER

BRITISH NEW WAVE CINEMA

RARITIES AND EXPLOITATION

HAMMER HORROR & THRILLER

Popular This Month

CHARLES BRONSON CINEMA

CINEMA OF DANA ANDREWS

WESTERN GENRE REVIEWS

PEAKING INTO THE SIXTIES

KICKING IN THE EIGHTIES

TALES AND REFLECTIONS

REVVING THE SEVENTIES

FOR HORROR MOVIE REVIEWS

Most Popular Last Year

RETURN TO THE HOMEPAGE