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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 [[Feature~V47187~Strange Invaders~strangeinvaders]]. 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 splattery death scenes), the disparate plot elements don't come together as well as they should, failing to live up to the premise's potential for guilty chuckles or gasps of horror. [[Performer~P42196~Fiona Lewis~fionalewis]] is sexually menacing as the mad doc's assistant, but [[Performer~P23906~Louise Fletcher~louisefletcher]]'s wasted role may make viewers pine for Nurse Ratched. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast

Michael Murphy
as Brady
Louise Fletcher
as Barbara Moorhead
Dan Shor
as Pete Brady
Fiona Lewis
as Gwen Parkinson
Arthur Dignam
as LeSange
Scott Brady
as Shea
Dey Young
as Caroline
Marc McClure
as Oliver
Charles Lane
as Donovan
Elizabeth Cheshire
as Lucy
Beryl TeWiata
as Mrs. Haskell
William Hayward
as Robinson
Jim Boelsen
as Waldo
Lulu Sylbert
as Oliver's Sister
John Clarke
as Alvin
Richard Moore
as 1st Construction Worker

Crew

Michael Laughlin
Director
John Barnett
Producer
Antony I. Ginnane
Producer
Michael Laughlin
Screenwriter
Bill Condon
Screenwriter
Louis Horvath
Cinematographer
Tangerine Dream
Composer (Music Score)
Petra Von Oelffen
Editor
Russell Collins
Art Director
Bill Condon
Associate Producer
John Daly
Executive Producer
David Hemmings
Executive Producer
William Fayman
Executive Producer
Bruce Finlayson
Costume Designer
Murray Newey
First Assistant Director
David Anderson
Production Manager
Craig Reardon
Makeup Special Effects
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