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Strange Behavior (1981)

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A scientist is experimenting with teenagers and turning them into murderers.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Murphy ... John Brady
Louise Fletcher ... Barbara Moorehead
Dan Shor ... Pete Brady
Fiona Lewis ... Gwen Parkinson
Arthur Dignam Arthur Dignam ... Dr. Le Sange / Nagel
Dey Young ... Caroline
Marc McClure ... Oliver Myerhoff
Scott Brady ... Shea
Charles Lane ... Donovan
Elizabeth Cheshire ... Lucy Brown
Beryl Te Wiata Beryl Te Wiata ... Mrs. Haskell
Jim Boelsen Jim Boelsen ... Waldo
Billy Al Bengston Billy Al Bengston ... Felix Rowe
Nicole Anderson Nicole Anderson ... Flying Nun
Bill Condon ... Bryan Morgan
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Storyline

Widowed John Brady is the Chief of Police in small town Galesburg, Illinois, where he has lived most of his life. His only offspring, Pete Brady, is a bright high school senior. John has been in turmoil since the suspicious death of his wife Catherine years earlier, which he always believed had something to do with her boss, Dr. Le Sange, who himself died shortly after Catherine's passing. Only recently has John and Pete's home life gotten back on track with John dating Barbara Moorehead, a waitress at the local hangout, she who has known John for some time. John's life takes a turn for the worse when he has to investigate the brutal slashing murders of four townsfolk in four separate incidents. A brief eyewitness statement to one of the murders before the eyewitness herself is murdered is the only substantive evidence. However, the three other victims were the sons of long time friends of his. Those three friends have a special connection to John's past. As such, he believes if the ... Written by Huggo

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Murder, mayhem and mystery strikes fear into a quiet college town. See more »


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Australia | New Zealand | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1982 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead Kids See more »

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(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The license plate on the character Waldo's red Thunderbird is noticeable for a split second when he gets behind the car to get the tire out of the mud. The back of the car says "Hollywood Nights" and has an Illinois tag, N2Z 264. Two years later Risky Business was released, and Tom Cruise's license plate was also an Illinois plate N2Z 264. See more »

Alternate Versions

Although the 1986 UK video version was uncut the 1993 Vipco release was cut by 26 secs by the BBFC to remove shots of Pete Brady vertically cutting his wrist with a knife, as this was classed as an imitable suicide technique. The cuts were expanded to 41 secs for the 2004 DVD release though the 2008 Optimum DVD restores around 14 secs via a different edit. See more »

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Eerie thriller that is disturbing and very graphic.
30 September 2000 | by formula44xxxSee all my reviews

Experiments at a local lab are connected to a series of brutal murders in a small midwestern town. Confusing but effective chiller, made on a low budget, has a cast of mostly unknowns, but it all comes together. It does leave some uneasiness, and does offer some shocking scenes that, while not elaborate, are still pretty gory. It is a very disturbing, surreal experience, with solid suspense and a good ending. It feels like you're having a bad dream: a nightmarish place, faceless persons, creepy enough to want to get out of, but intriguing enough to want to stay and see what happens. Strange indeed.


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