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17 June 1982 (Australia) See more »
Tagline:
Cuts up parts other movies just dislocate See more »
Plot:
A scientist is experimenting with teenagers and turning them into murderers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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'Dead Kids' is dead good! One of my favourite horror movies of the late 70s/early 80s. See more (36 total) »

Cast

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Michael Murphy ... John Brady

Louise Fletcher ... Barbara Moorehead

Dan Shor ... Pete Brady
Fiona Lewis ... Gwen Parkinson
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 ... Mrs. Haskell
Jim Boelsen ... Waldo
Billy Al Bengston ... Felix Rowe
Nicole Anderson ... Flying Nun

Bill Condon ... Bryan Morgan
B. Courtenay Leigh ... Paula
William Hayward ... Robinson
Jack Haines ... Randy Morgan
Cindy Arnold ... Girl at Party
Howard Crothall ... Boy Selling Flowers
Richard Moore ... 1st Construction Worker
Andrew Glover ... 2nd Construction Worker
John Clark ... Alvin
Susan Van Ravenswaay ... Mrs. Myerhoff
Joe Harner ... Dean
Mary Ruth Harner ... Dean's Assistant
Susanna Moore ... Steak-'n-Shake Waitress
Summer Ramer ... Woman in Grocery Store
Robert Houston ... Mr. Myerhoff (as Bob Houston)
Lulu Sylbert ... Oliver's Sister
Neil McLachlan ... Timothy Hoffman
Jessica Kenny ... Catherine Brady
Alma Woods ... Mildred
Maurice Keene ... Mr. McNally
Brenda Casey ... Brenda
Bob Gentil ... 1st Frisbee Player
Greg Dower ... 2nd Frisbee Player
Jane Dower ... Caroline's Helper
Simon Nesbitt ... 1st State Trooper
Rod Collison ... 2nd State Trooper
Terence Donovan ... Mr. Brown (as Terry Donovan)
Maryje Mann ... Mrs. Brown
Stephen Jackson ... Waiter at Gino's
Wally Parks ... Minister
Campbell Hegan ... Plainclothes Detective
Le Roy Sisnett ... Boy on Bicycle
Pete Walker ... 1st Killer (as Peter Walker)
Kerry Brown ... Dancer at Party
Melodie Batchelor ... Dancer at Party
Kathryn Collins ... Dancer at Party

Ngila Dickson ... Dancer at Party
Louise Franklin ... Dancer at Party

Mark Hadlow ... Dancer at Party
Michael Hammond ... Dancer at Party
Marcus Le Grice ... Dancer at Party
Peta Rutter ... Dancer at Party
Adair Wheeler ... Dancer at Party
Janet Meshad ... Dancer at Party (as Janet Wells)

Directed by
Michael Laughlin 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bill Condon 
Michael Laughlin 

Produced by
John Barnett .... producer
Bill Condon .... associate producer
John Daly .... executive producer
William Fayman .... executive producer
Antony I. Ginnane .... producer
David Hemmings .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Tangerine Dream 
 
Cinematography by
Louis Horvath 
 
Film Editing by
Petra von Oelffen  (as Petra)
 
Production Design by
Susanna Moore 
 
Art Direction by
Russell Collins 
 
Set Decoration by
Susanna Moore 
 
Costume Design by
Bruce Finlayson 
 
Makeup Department
Anne Popischil .... hair stylist (as Annie Pospischil)
Anne Popischil .... makeup artist (as Annie Pospischil)
Craig Reardon .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
David C. Anderson .... production manager (as David Anderson)
Tony Paterson .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cathy Anderson .... third assistant director
Mark Jaffee .... second assistant director
Murray Newey .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Jonty Barraud .... stand-by props
Lynda Dye .... props buyer
Allan Leatherby .... construction assistant
Richard Moore .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
Paul Clark .... sound (as Paul Clarke)
Darryl Davis .... boom operator
Stephen Edwards .... dubbing editor (as Steve Edwards)
Peter Fenton .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Kevin Chisnall .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Roger Cowland .... opticals
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Trou Bayliss .... key grip
David Brostoff .... focus puller
Mike Caldwell .... grip
Roland Carati .... electrician
Michael Claridge .... grip
Ian Dewhurst .... gaffer
Murray Gray .... electrician
William Hayward .... stills
Dave Hill .... stills
Robert Houston .... electrician (as Bob Houston)
Ian Philp .... electrician
Ben Seresin .... clapper loader
Ronald Vidor .... Steadicam operator
Ronald Vidor .... camera operator
Ronald Vidor .... underwater photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julia Mansfield .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Arthur Cambridge .... grader
Margaret Cardin .... negative cutter
Bill Gooley .... laboratory liaison
Shereen Maloney .... assistant editor
 
Transportation Department
Martin Edmond .... driver
John Fordham .... driver
 
Other crew
Chloe Amateau .... location manager
Catherine Cardiff .... choreographer
Adrienne Clark .... typist
Joy Dobrowolski .... bookkeeper: FGH
Lynette Gordon .... production secretary (as Lynnette Gordon)
Dean Hill .... production accountant
Margaret Hilliard .... production assistant
Peter Howard .... runner
Midge Meidrops .... production assistant
Toni Okkerse .... nurse
Chris Pearson .... caterer
Jackie Sullivan .... continuity
Sylvia Van Wyk .... assistant: Antony I. Ginnane
Antony I. Ginnane .... presenter (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dead Kids" - Australia, USA (video title)
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Runtime:
New Zealand:105 min | USA:87 min | USA:99 min (DVD)
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'Arthur Digman' reportedly never needed to do retakes on set as he had his lines memorized beforehand.See more »
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References Singin' in the Rain (1952)See more »
Soundtrack:
Lightning StrikesSee more »

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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
'Dead Kids' is dead good! One of my favourite horror movies of the late 70s/early 80s., 27 May 2004
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

In the late 70s/early 80s during the Australian film "renaissance", when historical dramas like 'Picnic At Hanging Rock' and 'Gallipoli' were all the rage, a producer named Antony Ginnane attempted to go against the tide and get some thrillers and horror movies made Down Under. He dreamed of being Australia's Roger Corman. Sadly it wasn't to be but hats off to him for helping movies like 'Patrick', 'Thirst' and 'Turkey Shoot' get to the big screen! 'Dead Kids' (a.k.a. 'Strange Behavior') is another underrated movie from this period that he co-produced. This time Ginnane and friends went to New Zealand instead of Australia, something to do with union hiccups I believe. The movie was actually filmed in Auckland, but set in the US with a mostly American cast, including Dan Shor ('Wise Blood'), Michael Murphy ('Manhattan'), Louise Fletcher ('One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest'), Marc McLure ('Superman'), and Dey Young ('Rock'n'Roll High School'). Also appearing were the British born Fiona Lewis ('The Fury') and Aussie character actor Arthur Dignam ('The Devil's Playground'), who plays the enigmatic Dr Le Sangel, a role originally intended for Klaus Kinski. As well as a great cast this movie is noteworthy because it was directed by Michael Laughlin, the producer of Monte Hellman's 70s road classic 'Two-Lane Blacktop', and co-written by Laughlin and Bill Condon, who went on the write and direct the excellent James Whale biopic 'Gods And Monsters'. There are two outstanding bits in 'Dead Kids' which anyone who watches it will never forget: the syringe-in-the-eyeball scene, and the party sequence with a bunch of kids dancing to the Lou Christie oldie "Lightning Strikes". Music buffs will also appreciate the score from Tangerine Dream, and Aussies will get a kick out of (briefly) hearing The Boys Next Door's post-punk classic "Shivers" on the soundtrack. 'Dead Kids' is one of the my favourite horror movies of the late 70s/early 80s, a golden age filled with some very inventive and original shockers e.g. 'Evil Dead', 'Phantasm', 'Dead & Buried', 'Basket Case', to name a few. Eli Roth's super-hyped 'Cabin Fever' claimed to be inspired by some of these movies but totally missed the point in my opinion. Forget Roth, go for the real thing like this, which is both more entertaining AND scarier.

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