IMDb > Strange Behavior (1981)
Strange Behavior
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Strange Behavior (1981) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 6 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
5.7/10   815 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 18% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Contact:
View company contact information for Strange Behavior on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
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 »
Plot Keywords:
User Reviews:
"We're going to find the FAT ones!" See more (37 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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)
 

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dead Kids" - Australia, USA (video title)
See more »
Runtime:
New Zealand:105 min | USA:87 min | USA:99 min (DVD)
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Klaus Kinski turned down the role of Dr Le Sangel.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Lightning StrikesSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
"We're going to find the FAT ones!", 23 January 2004
Author: hippiedj from Palm Desert, California

Definitely a film with its own personality, Strange Behavior can best be appreciated by those that remember when films didn't require fast editing to appease the short attention spans of MTV-weened young'ns. With lines like the one about the "fat ones" delivered by the great Charles Lane and a vision of a 1950s style small town set in the "present" (something director Michael Laughlin and writer Bill Condon again brought us in Strange Invaders), the film was a splendid hybrid of old fashioned Twilight Zone ambiance and the fun, then-fresh exuberance of New Wave music and sheer sense of FUN. To top off the great mix: a Tangerine Dream score.

Mad Scientists, teens partying (but in the pre-MTV, pre-home computer kind of ways), mysterious killings, and....strange behavior! Oh, and the kind of impromptu group dance that was a heck of a lot more fun than the big dance scene in Footloose! Where else would a sudden dance sequence just seem to fit into a film -- the way Strange Behavior smoothly incorporates old-style thrills with humor and wit, having a bunch of teens break out into dance to the song "Lightning Strikes" doesn't seem so unusual, especially since the theme of the party was 1960s TV characters! Disguising the location of New Zealand as an Illinois town was quite a treat as well.

The story could have easily been done a number of times: small midwestern town, teens used as behavioral science subjects, mysterious murders by different killers...but of course the collaboration of Laughlin and Condon assures us this is not going to be typical. the focus is not to scare you out of your wits, but to offer something more mysterious. Add to that a very great choice for the cast (including more seasoned actors the likes of Michael Murphy, Fiona Lewis, Louise Fletcher, Charles Lane and others, plus the ever-smoking Dey Young and Dan Shor bring a likable aspect as well without being pushy teens) and an eye for design, Strange Behavior rises far above the cookie-cutter horror (particularly slasher) films of that time, and even in the present. There are many master shots that go for lengthy takes, and those of us that care more for story and dialogue can savor what's going on. I wouldn't be surprised that younger audiences that are used to fast cuts and one-liners would find this film too slow (and then again youth that are smarter might embrace this as other films from over 20 years ago). The minimal bloodletting works just as well, and the needle-in-the-eye trick can still illicit a good squirm today just as it did in 1981.

It's great to see that Strange Behavior has influenced other films: Fiona Lewis' hairdo inspired the one Sean Young had in Blade Runner, and it's obvious the lackluster film Disturbing Behavior from 1998 was, to put it kindly, "inspired" by Strange Behavior. Joe Dante even wanted Fiona Lewis for Innerspace based on her being seen in this film.

Strange Behavior is a great reminder of how things were so much more based on literal creativity and storytelling. Nowadays, it's all about special effects done digitally and pushing soundtracks from bands or music styles no one's going to care about 10 years from now. Laughlin and Condon were smart enough to give us elements that remain to this day unique, memorable, and never wearing out their welcome. Sure, by today's standards the film may not seem so shocking, but having come from being a "teen" back in 1980, it was refreshing for its time and has well earned its cult status. Sure, even the songs in it are more cool than what's considered a hit these days!

Thank goodness Elite Entertainment has released the DVD in the film's original aspect ratio of 2.35:1, which also gives that widescreen feel of the 1950s thrillers in which Strange Behavior resembles so well. It makes my life much more fulfilling knowing such gems as this one are being given the respect and care in their restoration. Ignore the lower IMDb rating that it has at this time (just over a 4), because I feel it's being given a low rating by those who are too familiar with recent "shockers." The general reviews by the press were quite good for Strange Behavior back when it was released, and I for one feel that I do know a bit more about what quality is since I've experienced these kinds of films and their evolution up through to today's more slicker productions. It's also why you're hearing more references to older TV shows and songs in today's advertisements: they just don't make 'em like they used to, and there's just more distinction and personality in things from way back when! Or at least, some of them, since this film definitely was different from anything else when IT was released. Long live Strange Behavior!

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (37 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Strange Behavior (1981)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Strange indeed jinqui242
There may have been a book novelization of this film. rachaela
terrible ripoff ebrother
The Strangest Thing... rivieran
This film was a 'prequel' to Strange Invaders. sanmentolabs
New interview about Strange Behavior with star Dan Shor producer-638-268568
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Prowler So Sweet, So Dead Halloween Spider-Man 2 Friday the 13th
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Horror section IMDb Australia section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.