Strange Behavior (1981) Movie Review
Written By: K.M.C
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Michael Laughlin
Producers: Antony I. Ginnane , John Barnett
Writers: Bill Condon , Michael Laughlin
Date Released: 16 October 1981
Michael Murphy as John Brady
Louise Fletcher as Barbara Moorehead
Dan Shor as Pete Brady
Fiona Lewis as Gwen Parkinson
Arthur Dignam as Dr. Le Sange
Dey Young as Caroline
Marc McClure as Oliver Myerhoff
Scott Brady as Shea
Rating = 3/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Strange and unusual murders begin to happen all around town that leaves local policeman John Brady in the midst of catching who is responsible. Meanwhile, his son Pete, becomes involved in a social experiment with Dr. Le Sange, whom his deceased mother used to work with. As the strange murders continue, John starts to make connections with the murders to Dr. Le Sange when he realizes that those who were murdered are the sons of the men who worked with him to shut down Dr. Le Sange’s laboratory. Little does he know that his son is right in Dr. Le Sange and Gwen Parkinson’s murderous grip.
The way that the teenagers are murdered are intricate and blood-ridden. Scenes such as severed limbs, blood spuing out of wounds, and stabbings are highlighted in this film. On a gore scale of 1 to 10 the film would be a 7.
The Grave Review
The plot of Strange Behaviors is what granted it a decent rating. An evil mad scientist brainwashing teenagers into killing each other in order to get revenge on a man who forced him into hiding is an intriguing topic for a horror movie. The best part of that plot is that this scientist targeted all of the men’s sons who were involved in the shut down of his master plan. Besides this, the way that the two storylines of the dad and son merging in a climactic confrontation was well executed.
The only downfall of the film is the reactions that the actors gave in a few murder scenes or when they were given bad news. The acting was partially well executed but these certain scenes such as Lucy’s murder gave a chuckle to how ridiculously bad the acting could be at times. The actors who stood out the most was Michael Murphy, who really made his character convincing, and Dey Young, who gave a perfectly heart warming aspect to her character.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Strange Behavior (1981) three graves out of five graves.
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