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Strange Behavior (1981)

  Tags: 80's, Arthur Dignam, Dan Shor, Dey Young, experiments, Fiona Lewis, Louise Fletcher, Marc McClure, Michael Laughlin, Michael Murphy, Scott Brady, Strange Behavior

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Michael Laughlin
99 minutes
Michael Murphy, Louise Fletcher, Dan Shor, Fiona Lewis, Arthur Dignam, Dey Young, Marc McClure, Scott Brady

Finally here is a semi-original early-80s horror film that I haven't already seen or heard of. Instead of dealing with the usual who-done-it slasher, we're introduced to a science facility that's doing research on the effects of mental conditions with the local teens. As a side effect (although never mentioned to the subjects) turns them into violent and murderous beings. The plot is somewhat similar to the 1998 theatrical film Disturbing Behavior (which also bears a similar title) if you consider experimenting on teens resulting in them killing a similar theme.

Surprisingly, this is actually a smart little underrated horror film that doesn't let it fall into the 80's slasher mold that seemed dominant at the time. As a downside we're shown very few deaths, and the film drags on in parts since it mostly just revolves around the mystery behind the killings that eventually lead to the experiments conducted at the facility. It still manages to be original and interesting with its performances and storyline, resulting in a slightly above-average horror entry.

This is a decent film that somehow manages to refrain from being the stereotypical 80's slasher. Worth a check for a little something different, but don't expect a lot of deaths.

Posted on November 5, 2009 - 5:41pm | FrighT MasteR