Pop Culture Beast’s Halloween Horror Picks #2 – Strange Behavior (1981)

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strangeIn this episode of Pop Culture Beast’s Halloween Horror Picks, I talk about one of my favorite quirky horror movies… Strange Behavior, aka Dead Kids (1981), starring Dan Shor and Michael Murphy!

Louise Fletcher, Fiona Lewis, Arthur Dignam, Dey Young, and Marc McClure costar, with Michael Laughlin directing the script he co-wrote with Bill Condon. Tangerine Dream provides the score with some great Aussie post-punk and 60s pop favorites rounding out the soundscape.

A small town is suddenly running over with corpses and the local police chief thinks the medical college is somehow to blame. Is there a mad doctor hiding in the cornfields, or is something else killing the teenagers of Galesburg? Chief Brady’s teenage son is about to find out.

Brimming with unusual quirks and idiosyncrasies, and featuring a party scene that is the stuff of 80s horror movie legend, it’s a criminally under-seen but endlessly enjoyable horror movie that I rate 8/10!

Look for new episodes every Monday and Thursday from now until Halloween. And be sure to check out the other episodes in the series:

Episode #1 – Shivers (1975)
Episode #3 – The Killer Shrews (1959)
Episode #4 – The Antichrist (1974)
Episode #5 – Don’t Panic (1988)
Episode #6 – Spider Baby (1968)
Episode #7 – Targets (1968)
Episode #8 – Feast (2005)
Episode #9 – The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
Episode #10 – Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Please also take a minute to support my own horror movie: Eggs – A Horror Movie starring Lynn Lowry (Shivers, The Crazies, Cat People, etc.) and Duane Whitaker (Pulp Fiction, Feast, The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween 2, etc.), now funding on Kickstarter! As always, there’s a contest at the end of the video: Be the first person to make a pledge and leave a comment on Kickstarter with the correct answer to get a bonus prize added to your reward.


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