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What's happening with the "Dead Strange kids Behaviour"
on 24 April 2015
When several killings happen by several different teenage killers, it seems to be connected to teenage experiments conducted at a controversial scientific research lab, but how?
Decent if unmemorable early Oz-sploitation mystery horror. Director Michael Laughlin's first of a failed "strange" trilogy (alternate title to this is Strange Behaviour) looks great and for the most part very well made but does have some issues. There are some very good suspense sequences, including the bathroom scene with the teenage girl & when the police chief goes out on his own towards the end, performances are strong with a very good cast, Michael Murphy, Louise Fletcher & Fiona Lewis, and the supporting cast of younger unknowns also do a fine job. The violent set pieces are well shot and come over good-in particular an excellent syringe in the eye scene-, as does the fun soundtrack by The Tangerines. There are some downsides though, the story takes for ever plays its hand almost an hour in before things even start to make a little sense and even when it does it's hardly explosive, pacing is another problem, even when killings happen they are never fast moving and feel like they take an age to conclude, and Louise Fletcher although billed as second star is wasted on a minor unimportant role. The climax is unexpected and for an early 80's slasher is a real (good) surprise.
Although this isn't an overly gory film this surprisingly found itself on the UK section 3 nasty list namely because of the title I would think. Not a major crowd pleaser but there is enough for a good horror fan to enjoy.