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Dead Kids [Blu-ray] [1981] [US Import]

Michael Murphy , Arthur Dignam    Blu-ray
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
Price: £19.40 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Actors: Michael Murphy, Arthur Dignam, Dan Shor
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Severin
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Mar 2014
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I9N56YK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,220 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A personal favorite. 11 May 2014
By Mr. K. Arts TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase

Dead Kids.

Many years ago, back in the ye olden times of the nineties I spent a good portion of time and money, especially in the school holidays, touring the country with my folks hitting all the car boots, charity shops and junk stores I could find hunting down pre-cert tapes and other obscure horror titles.

One of my finds was the Iver Film services x-rated release of Michael Laughlin's dead kids. I'd never heard of it before and ended up writing a letter to Dark Side magazine to find out more. Turns out it was readily available under the title small town massacre and also got a later release as strange behaviour.

Intended as a straight exploitationer, Dead kids actually ends up as something stranger and more unique than one would expect. From the use of rural New Zealand as a location for mid-west America, to the teen party that morphs into a weird musical choreographed dance sequence and the ambient tangerine dream soundtrack combined with the almost languid pacing. Dead kids is a film that has stuck in my mind for a good many years.

Back when Scream relaunched horror for the late nineties early noughties cinema crowd I remember seeing Disturbing behaviour and thinking, hang on a second...

A lot of Disturbing behaviours ideas are taken straight from Dead kids. The idea of operant conditioning to make kids conform to adult expectations, and said experiments having disastrous consequences. It was almost as if the producers thought "heres a dodgy B-movie no ones seen, lets just nick the plot and make a few changes."

Disturbing behaviour is probably going to be a more entertaining experience for younger audiences but for me Dead kids is better.
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2.0 out of 5 stars suicidal tendencies 2 April 2014
By Zaroff
The UK release would be a welcome addition to the various releases of 'Strange Behaviour' aka: Dead Kids. However, due to the uk being a den of lunatics & perverts, we must assume the BBFC censors have spared us the issues of 'suicide' by removing first 41 seconds on a release, now 27 seconds for the Optimum release. Why? Because people can imitate the methods of suicide shown therein. Hmm. I would like the psychiatric proof that suicidal patients are likely to put on australian exploitation films before taking up a relevant sharp implement...

That being said, picture acceptably widescreen anamorphic, sound as original mono. Just like the UK release of American Horror Story, don't purchase if you are thinking of suicide technique advice, they are not here children..
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3.0 out of 5 stars strange behaviour 6 Aug 2013
dead kids is better known as
strange behaviour
and is a very strange and creepy little film
not seen the new remastered dvd yet
but for £1.99 going to order it now
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dead, rotting and beginning to smell a bit! 2 April 2013
By scribe
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is real crap!

I would have given it a zero rating if one had been available.
Real trash from start to finish!

I felt like cheering at the end.
My ordeal was finally over!!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 3.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars mad 9 Aug 2014
By Candace - Published on
I'm from America, and when I received this it would not play on my dvd player! I was tremendous upset as hell to find out it plays on certain dvd player in foreign places! Ugh talk about a total waste of time anticipating it's arrival, money and excitement! :(
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this movie to all horror fans 24 July 2014
By B-MOVIE LOVER - Published on
I recommend this movie to all horror fans! This movie is better than i expected and the score is amazing!This is my third time watching this movie its awesome!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Kids Lives! 19 Jun 2014
By hfs - Published on
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I hate to start a review with "I," but I (3) think this is one of the most significative movies of its era, utterly of its time, and yet unique in its time and as yet. Its creepiness and naïveté only enhance each other, and its low-tech chills feel all the chillier for that. The performances are superb --did we even realize how great Michael Murphy was at the time?-- and this terrific blu ray treatment only heightens the overall effectiveness and effortless endearment of a movie whose discovery I envy you. (Finally. You.) Cheers, and enjoy.
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