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Strange Behavior (Special Edition)

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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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  • 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
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D5C1N0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,601 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Strange Behavior (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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This is a great little film from the 1980s era. Nominally horror, it is a beautiful portrayal of small town life that has the tranquil feel of a computer hidden object game. This look at the American small town life is fresh because it's from an Australian point of view. A few details are off, such as the police chief not carrying a gun, and the kids have a British schoolboy feel to them, but the result of it is that you do not take the horror aspect of it too seriously, and you can relax watching the film and appreciate its scenery. It is a horror film, and it manages to scare and startle without too much gore. This film works wonderfully if you don't expect too much, and the cinematography is awesome.
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I have to be very honest, I will not recommend this to everyone, I liked it because it was low budget good. One of what I call a good bad movie. it is really predictable, it was from 1981 so we have to take that into account. the acting is not the best but it looks like the actors snow that this script leaves a lot to be desired and are just getting a paycheck. the one real high point has to be Dan Shor (from the original Tron) he rises above all the flaws and does an admirable job. if you like the kind of 80's fun bad films, go for it, if you are a stickler for perfect films, this won't cut it. Enter at your own risk.
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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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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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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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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 more...an 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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