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Strange Behavior (Special Edition) (1981)

Michael Murphy , Louise Fletcher , Michael Laughlin  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Murphy, Louise Fletcher, Dan Shor, Dey Young, Fiona Lewis
  • Directors: Michael Laughlin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D5C1N0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,404 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Strange Behavior (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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In the peaceful town of Galesburg, Illinois, a brutal serial killer targets the local teenagers. As the bodies pile up, Sheriff John Brady (Michael Murphy) suspects the killer is connected with the high school s Psychology department. There is something sinister about the school research program on behavioral control and Brady is determined to uncover the truth. But he better find the answers fast before his own son (Dan Shor) gets drawn into the strange experiments himself! Co-Written by Oscar Winner Bill Condon (STRANGE INVADERS, GODS AND MONSTERS), STRANGE BEHAVIOR is a frighteningly gory homage to 50 s pulp horror films. Also starring Louise Fletcher (ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO S NEST, BRAINSTORM), this cult classic is interesting, suspenseful and quite witty. (TV Guide) Contains a haunting, beautiful score from Tangerine Dream.- Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1)
- Dolby Digital Mono (English & Spanish Language Options)
- Audio Commentary with Writer Bill Condon & Actors Dan Shor and Dey Young
- U.S. & Australian Theatrical Trailers
- Deleted Scenes
- Photo Gallery
- Isolated Music Score
- Filmographies

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lethal Injection... August 7, 2008
STRANGE BEHAVIOR begins w/ the disappearance of the mayor of Galesburg, Illinois' son. This is followed by a series of gruesome murders. Police chief, John Brady (Michael Murphy from Batman Returns and Count Yorga: Vampire) is on the case. Meanwhile, Brady's son, Peter (Dan Shor) gets involved in an experiment at the local college, involving behavior modification. Little does he know that mad science is afoot! The odd Dr. Parkinson (Fiona Lewis) is using drugs on teen volunteers which cause them to become homicidal zombies! Chief Brady solves the mystery, and goes to the secret lab for the final showdown. I like this movie. It's goofy and fun, yet has enough suspense to keep it interesting. Gorehündts will salivate over the multiple stabbings as well as the huge hypodermic needle to the eye scene! Louise Fletcher is in this too, in a throw-away role as chief Brady's girlfriend. She, along w/ Shor, Lewis, Dey Young (who plays Peter's girlfriend), and the late-great Charles Lane (as chief Brady's asst.) can all be found in Michael Laughlin's other sci-fi epic, STRANGE INVADERS. Enjoy...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars STRANGE.......INDEED! December 18, 2007
Oddball touches of humour highlight this New Zealand-shot
slasher. A series of GRUSOME,seemingly senseless murders
sweeping a small Midwestern town turn out to be the work
of local teens transformed by the brain experiments of
Lewis. Full of WEIRD moments and surprising bits of casting
this hits it's creative stride at a costume party where everyone
bops to the classic song LIGHNIN STRIKES while dressed as a 60's
TV sitcom character and a killer arrives sporting a Tor(Plan Nine From
Outer Space)Johnson mask.......Very Strange!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars different entry in the 80's slasher genre. November 27, 2010
This flick from 1981 is a interesting entry into the slasher genre of the period. The film has a mad doctor which gives it a different edge. It is also full of many excellent actors who have a long history in films and stage and that's a plus. The first time director came up with a decent little low budget horror movie here , in which college students go on gory rampages under the control of the mad doctor. The strangest thing here though is the lack of closeup shots. Almost every sceen is Not a closeup, in fact I don't remember any closeups! The camera is usually four to more feet away from the action, this is a strange behaviour case for sure. But you still get lots of cool 80's rock songs and a great erie synth score as well. It's a average flick of it's type and at least you get alot of really good actors in it. The print looks decent too , not restored , this one would be great as part of a double feature blu ray probably! sooner or later that will happen and lots more of these little films will emerge,
However I do hope that someone grabs 'strange invaders' from these same folks and puts it out on blu ray. It's a cult classic and a A+ effort that even has a closeup in it!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "The dead don't come back and take revenge." October 19, 2005
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I've never been to historic Galesburg, Illinois, but it seems like a interesting place, from what I've heard...there's a railroad museum, a Carl Sandberg historical site, the Galesburg Civic Art Center, the historic Orpheum Theater, the Stockdale Soldier Citizen Museum, a chocolate festival, the historic tram tour, and interesting aspect, though, is I find nary a mention of the events depicted in this film, Strange Behavior (1981) aka Dead Kids, in any of the tourism literature, but then again, I suppose serial killings aren't something one would generally promote when trying to draw in visitors (and their dough). Co-written by Michael Laughlin (Strange Invaders, Town & Country) and Bill Condon (Strange Invaders, Gods and Monsters, Kinsey), and directed by Laughlin, the film features Michael Murphy (Count Yorga, Vampire, Batman Returns), Dan Shor (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure), and Fiona Lewis (Dr. Phibes Rises Again, Tintorera). Also appearing is Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Cheap Detective), Arthur Dignam (The Devil's Playground), Dey Young (Rock 'n' Roll High School), Charles Lane (The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, The Gnome-Mobile), Marc `Jimmy Olsen' McClure (Superman, Back to the Future), and Scott Brady (The Mighty Gorga, The Cycle Savages), who was once offered the role of Archie Bunker on the television show "All in the Family", but turned it down...

The film, set in Galesburg, Illinois, wastes little time as, within the first five minutes, someone dies from a serious cases of puncturitis (i.e. stabbed with a knife one too many times)...and from there we meet aspiring college student Pete Brady and his father John, who happens to be the sheriff in the small town.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange Behavior April 21, 2009
Don't let the unpleasant title put you off, this is an excellent little movie that I actually found quite entertaining. The acting is top class especially from Dan Shor and Michael Murphy who star. Louise Fletcher is also on top form and all three bring a realistic almost 'cinema veritie' feel to the proceedings.

The film works because of Michael laughlins direction that develops the film on many levels. On the one hand there is lots of atmosphere and a suspenseful intensity that builds up to the films climax yet Laughlin also concentrates on character development and relationships giving us insights in to Chief Bradys (Michael Murphy) mysterious past and the close father/son relationship him and Pete (Dan Shor) have.

The film also pays close attention to small town life. In this small Louisiana town everyone knows everyone there are lots of nice little touches by Laughlin to point this out. Laughlins direction also has a humorous edge to it and the good acting adds to this. There is one incredibly surreal scene in the movie at a party where all the 'party-goers' start dancing in unison! They are all in 50's style fancy dress and dance in a hyperbolic 50's fashion! Although it is hard to decipher Laughlins motives here this scene seems incredibly inspired to me personally. Although some scenes in this film are quite shocking I cannot comment on the amount of gore in this film because I have only seen the cut release which has been cut considerably and panned and scanned. If only there was a widescreen version available I for one would instantly snap it up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars all 80s slasher fans must watch
all 80s slasher film fans owe it to themselves to watch this simply great flick. the gore is pretty good, the story is great, but the feel of the film and the acting is what i... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mike Watson
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange Behavior
Don't let the unpleasant title put you off, this is an excellent little movie that I actually found quite entertaining. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bartok Kinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Campy and Fun
Great Australian 'exploitation' thriller that is a guilty pleasure. Disc arrived promptly and was able to enjoy it by the weekend.
Published 21 months ago by L. Tice
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange indeed!
Thier are already alot of great reviews explaning this surreal oddly effective horror film so I will keep the films synopsis brief. Read more
Published on January 29, 2012 by desoto
4.0 out of 5 stars A Psychotronic Delight!
I remember seeing this movie way back in the 80's, in my early teens, on the late show. It had a strange and quirky quality to it which made an indelible impression. Read more
Published on December 14, 2011 by Galo Romero
3.0 out of 5 stars "C'mon, mom! Using butcher knives is the cool thing to do. Stop...
Say, kids, don't let those college application fees gets you down! Do what Pete did; earn extra cash at the university you wish to attend next year by being a guinea pig in... Read more
Published on November 12, 2010 by Dr. Nocturna
3.0 out of 5 stars could have been worse
The movie isn't bad. It's not great either, but definitely isn't bad. I have to hand it to these guys. Read more
Published on July 30, 2003 by "nekroskankliac"
3.0 out of 5 stars Odd but an interesting premise
The gist of the story is revenge by Dr. LeSange against the town who didnt appreciate his ideas on behavior control... Read more
Published on April 20, 2003 by "reclegal"
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