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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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John Brady
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Barbara Moorehead
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Pete Brady
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Gwen Parkinson
Arthur Dignam ...
Dr. Le Sange / Nagel
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Caroline
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Oliver Myerhoff
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Shea
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Donovan
Elizabeth Cheshire ...
Lucy Brown
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Mrs. Haskell
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Waldo
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Felix Rowe
Nicole Anderson ...
Flying Nun
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Bryan Morgan
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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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Though the film is set in suburban Illinois, the production couldn't find any "authentic" looking locales for a small American town so the production was moved to New Zealand. See more »

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Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) See more »

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Shivers
by The Birthday Party
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Reproduced by courtesy of Missing Link Records
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One of the truly great, overlooked, horror movies of the last 22 years.

Chock full of haunting images, chilling murders, and good performances this slow, laconic but amazingly effective horror flick has stayed with me since I saw it when it was originally released. The film is best in its portrayal of teen life in a small college town in the midwest (though it was shot in New Zealand). Taking it's cue from there, the film moves along at a leisurely, but ultimately disquieting pace revealing that all is not so sleepy and calm in this rural environment.

Co-written by Academy Award-winner Bill Condon ("GODS AND MONSTERS") the story shows remarkable intelligence and wit in the vein of some of the best Roman Polanski flicks (e.g. "THE TENANT" and "REPULSION").

Best if seen in the movie theater to appreciate it's glorious widescreen landscapes. Wish this picture was out on DVD.


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