"Strange Behavior (1981)" Review

Synopsis: In the peaceful town of Galesburg, Illinois, a brutal serial killer targets the local teenagers. As the bodies pile up, Sheriff John Brady (Michael Murphy) suspects the killer is connected with the high school s Psychology department. There is something sinister about the school research program on behavioral control and Brady is determined to uncover the truth. But he better find the answers fast before his own son (Dan Shor) gets drawn into the strange experiments himself!

 Review: This film came out around a time when slasher films where flooding the theaters and anything outside of the slasher genre that is horror was pretty much thrown to the side by most genre fans. Now this film has gotten a decent sized cult following since it's release back in 1981 ,but I still think it hasn't gotten the full recognition that it deserves. Being a fan of older 50's B movies this film was definitely a treat to watch because it takes all the elements from the films of that era and slightly mixes it with a modern setting to make a very suspenseful and atmospheric horror film. Everything from the casting to the writing is simply perfect in every way and it's great to see Louise Fletcher have a role in this film. The pacing of this film is at a more slower pace and does take a bit to actually get to some action, but when this film gets going it will suck you in and not let go until the perfect ending. To top off this film was the hauntingly perfect musical score which was done by Tangerine Dream and fits this film just fine. Overall this is an awesome film that deserves alot more attention and I think Synapse Films is the perfect company to help do that!

-Daniel Damnation

Director: Michael Laughlin
Genre: Horror
DVD Release Year: 2008
Theatrical Release Year: 1981
Time Length: 99 mins.
Company: Synapse Films