DISTURBING BEHAVIOR

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
NOVEMBER 3, 2013

According to science fiction horror films, high school is one of the most unsafe places when it comes to invasions of any kind, alien or other. “Disturbing Behavior” is an interesting concept with a real-life allegory at play; we all know teenagers can be unruly, so let’s lobotomize them and make them robots. James Marsden plays the fish-out-of-water, Steve Clark, who steps into a new high school filled with the normal geek-jock-stoner separation. Led by Gavin (Nick Stahl) and Rachel (Katie Holmes), Steve isn’t buying into Gavin’s raving notions that the jocks are being controlled by a higher force. Of course, it takes losing Gavin to the dark side to make Steve realize the error of his ways. Sadly, this film is outdone by fellow teen horror film “The Faculty” oddly of the same year, which uses “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” as its starting off material. With a much better cast and way tenser moments, “The Faculty” overcomes its teenager angst and became a cult classic, while “Disturbing Behavior” is somewhat forgettable. With a young Katie Holmes to drive it home and enough thrills to keep it watchable, the film will always be a reminder of 90’s teen horror, but apart from that, falls to the wayside of much better examples.

RELEASE DATE
July 24, 1998

DIRECTOR
David Nutter

WRITTEN BY
Scott Rosenberg

STUDIO
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

R
(for strong violence, sexuality, language, and drug content)

HORROR
MYSTERY
SCI-FI
THRILLER

84 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
John S. Bartley

COMPOSER
Mark Snow

EDITOR
Randy Jon Morgan

CAST
James Marsden
Katie Holmes
Nick Stahl
Bruce Greenwood
William Sadler
Ethan Embry

PRODUCED BY
Armyan Bernstein

BUDGET
$15 million

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