Strange Behavior
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The title Dead Kids makes it sound like a slasher picture or a zombie film [but] it's really a mix of mad scientist thriller and revenge movie dropped into a somewhat surreal recreation of small-town Midwest America."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"...a campy B-horror movie with some very funny moments."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"We need more dance numbers. We need more Tangerine Dream."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Though lackadaisical pacing steals a lot of the tension, especially in the shrug of a climax, Dead Kids is full of wondrous scene-by-scene oddities[...]"
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"Director Michael Laughlin knows how to set up good, pleasant scares, and the acting is solid."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Both grisly and absurd."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Oddball, well-made and original take on the 80s teen-slasher genre"
‑ Andreas Samuelson, Slasherpool
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