Town population is down... about six feet
A scientist is experimenting with teenagers and turning them into murderers.
A scientist is experimenting with teenagers and turning them into murderers.
Small Town Massacre, Dead Kids
I watched Joe Begos's Severin Cellar segment and he recommenced this film. Fun watch.
Very interesting that this is Bill Condon's first credit. And he's actually in it. He's the first death... looks like a teenager.
Dan Shor (although I love him as Billy the Kid in Bill and Ted's) doesn't do it for me as the lead. But overall, I didn't find the characters appealing, so perhaps not the actors' faults.
Nice scope cinematography by a DP I've never heard of before - Louis Horvath.
Watched the Severin Blu-ray
From the director of Strange Invaders comes Dead Kids (original title was Strange Behavior) and like Strange Invaders it’s small town USA 1950’s science fiction horror beamed into the 80’s—which is one of my favorite things. I really liked it this go around, possibly even more than Strange Invaders since it’s paced a bit better AND because of the ridiculously awesome scene where our woozy lead is in a Steak ‘n Shake bathroom pissing blood all over the toilet bowl then leans to his side and pisses blood all over the wall.
Lotsa folk be talkin’ bout that dope Lou Christie tune but I was quite smitten with Nick Cave via The Birthday Party and Tangerine Dream!
It's just not possible for me to dislike a Tangerine Dream scored movie, just like the early Thomas Newman 80s scores, the movies inevitably feel more like the music than a particular director...tho this had a decidedly indie Aussie/New Zealand (in the best possible way) vibe as well making for a particularly odd blend of quirky and bleak. The kids dancing in costume for far longer than you really need to set up the action, the killer takes off his mask, informing the audience that there's someone behind the kids, urging them to kill...the movie is retro synth 80s doing retro 50s so it's never a big mystery who is behind the 'strange behavior' tho there's a last minute twist…
The dude pissing blood all over the bathroom was a standout.
"Lightnin' Strikes" by Lou Christie in a mad, choreographed Halloween dance party and that Tor Johnson mask -- cinema sublimity. Oh, the rest is fun too!
A researcher at a university performs mind control experiments on teens in a small town turning them into her nasty little killers. One girl is dismembering a guy in a bath tub and she looks as scary as they come. And there's a killer wearing a Tor Johnson mask terrorizing a girl in a pool, while a costume party goes on with Lou Christie's "Lightin' Strikes" blasting. What a song and concept to use it while this guy is jabbing this girl's hands when she tries to climb out of the pool. Thus it's some graphic, dark, and bloody kills with a funny and wholesome coming of age aspect at the same time like "American Graffiti". That sounds bad but it has you in its grip anyway.
I can't immediately call to mind another example but I think I'm correct in my observation that if you try pass Australia of as the United States in a film, it will not seem like either place but an alien universe where nothing is quite right. I've been unnecessarily putting this off, just like Thirst, I was totally thrown off by the garbage artwork Elite slapped on it.
But I'll be goddamned if this turned out to be another weird little masterpiece with heavy tones of paranoia and occult conspiracy. All three films in the set take place in a medical setting with some element of mind control/force outside of themselves/heavy psychic energies. Dead Kids is probably the most balanced…
A sleepy rural town reels in terror after four teenage boys are found brutally slain in seemingly unrelated circumstances. The chief of police suspects sinister scientist Dr Le Sange, but he's been dead for years, the police have no leads and the body count is rising.
I really liked the premise here, a solid slasher jumbled with some broad science fiction themes, but it manages to remain surprisingly grounded when it matters, and this had a lot to do with the younger cast members. They keep things lively and interesting for the majority of the film, resuscitating the parts of Strange Behaviour that are perhaps, a little more telling of its age and budget.
The score is also of note,…
The 80's gave us some truly bizarre horror flicks and this oft-overlooked gem is one of them. In a blending of classic slasher film and 50's sci-fi feature with just a hint of 60's rock musical, a group of high school volunteers (at a college played by older than college age students...you gotta love it) begin undergoing psycho-physiological experimentation while other kids around town start turning up dead...hence the "blunt as your mother-in-law at Thanksgiving" title.
The small town setting is creepy. I mean, the thought of living in a place so small that everyone knows you is kinda scary to me! I thought it was odd that this advanced science college is located in such a rural area but…
Wow! What a horrific title for a film.
I liked the film's something is lurking beneath a small town 1950s sci-fi flick kind of vibe.
The two heroes of the film John and his son Pete were likeable and you wanted to get behind them and cheer them on.
The murder scenes were fairly well done. There was a lot of mounting tension and horror.
The bad doctor woman makes for a really good meanie bum. It made me cringe real bad when she slowly drove a hypodermic syringe into an eyeball.
I thought the concept for the film was interesting and I hadn't seen it done before so it was fresh to me.
Not bad for a lesser known 80s horror slasher flick. I liked it a lot.
This has the best scene of a teenager pissing blood at a Steak & Shake in cinema history.
oh, to spontaneously perform a dance number to lou christie’s lightning strikes with a 1981 dan shor at a halloween party.
i really prefer this film’s alternative title “dead kids.” there’s something so striking and evocative abt it and it’s the reason i watched it. there’s some cinematic style to this film that doesn’t ever call attention to itself and it’s worth a watch.
I fucked with this a lot—both as a homage to 50s "science = evil" horror but also as a teenage wasteland backdrop. The kills aren't especially brutal for a movie of its time but the performances are a step above early 80s horror fare (with Michael Murray leading the way).
“Oliver, you got a very sick mind... a very sick mind...”
Originally titled ‘DEAD KIDS’.
I don’t know why they changed the name... People love movies about children dead and dying.
Some bad VHS bargain bin horror with surprisingly heavy atmosphere. The score is thick and the cinematography is inspired, John Carpenter/Dean Cundie-esque.
But let’s be real here: NOT A GREAT FILM.
The actors are sleepwalking. It’s like the director wanted everyone to be slick-chill-cool guys. Everyone should put on some dope shades and point finger guns at the babes. Maybe he wanted a sleepy hypnotic spooky atmosphere, but it didn’t work. It comes off as if they’re all on horse tranquilizers. The main teen wasn’t too bad. Bit of a sleazeball, but nevertheless he seemed to somewhat care.
Not that good of a movie. Decent atmosphere. The murder scenes, which are too few, are fun, mostly chaotic and bumbling. So there’s that. But I wouldn’t recommend DEAD KIDS.
So, this is my first review on here, so i decided to go with a movie I’ve recently watched... and rewatched! I love this movie a lot, it introduced me to Ozploitation films (Australian exploitation horror films) and is my favorite kind of campy horror film. Set in Illinois for some reason, teens are being murdered, the underlying cause being the mind control experiments being conducted at the local university. But besides the main plot, Dead Kids (AKA Strange Behavior) has some more shining moments, including (but not limited to), a killer costume party of 60s TV show characters, randomly breaking out in synchronized dance as a girl gets stalked outside at said killer party, an amazing synthesized soundtracks by…
Strange indeed... gonna need to watch this one again.
A few lively elements - the party scene, one or two decent kills - can't animate a mostly leaden affair that regrettably loses steam in its final third. A movie with a title like Dead Kids (the alternate and more interesting but less accurate moniker) should be bolder and more transgressive. This is weird around the edges, largely I think due to budget and general competence levels, but not enough to sustain momentum amid its often plodding pace and inert mystery.
I enjoyed the soundtrack.
Why did they remove the car door instead of just changing the blocking of the shot with the killer behind the car?
Loved the dance scene. Gwen gave off some serious Rachael from Blade Runner vibes.
A nervy slice of paranoid teen horror. Too legitimately good to be a B-movie, too much awkward ADR and strange editing choices to be technically good, but this has some great scares and surprisingly good performances (Louise Fletcher!). Also love a good clearly choreographed dance party in a non-musical film. Definitely can see the influence of this on something like THE FACULTY
this felt like videodrome by way of a 1950's mad scientist film. i loved every second of petra's awkward cuts and the insane amount of adr.
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