Horrorfest 2015 Presents: Disturbing Behavior (1998, David Nutter)


Something is very wrong at Cradle Bay,  small town in Washington. The children are slowly turning into boring androids and anyone who opposes them and their handler, Dr. Caldicott (Bruce Greenwood) is changed over night. What is happening only a few people realize in the 1998 cult film Disturbing Behavior. The late 1990s had some decent and solid sci-fi/horror movies, and this is one of them despite it’s limitations.

The film has a great young cast: James Marsden, Nick Stahl, Katie Holmes and Katharine Isabelle. Also starring is cult movie veteran William Saddler as the famous cliche character: the old man who really knows what is going on. Even though the movie fails to really channel the better films it’s homaging it’s still an entertaining and watchable film. Also I laughed at the ending, and I can appreciate any movie with a Pink Floyd reference.

Horrorfest 2015 Presents: Campfire Tales (1997, Matt Cooper, Martin Kunert, and David Semel)


Overall this isn’t a bad anthology even though some of the tales are stronger than others. Also the overall wrap around story has what is now considered to be a cliche twist. I wanted to really like this film yet Campfire Tales is not consistent and has only really great story out of the whole bunch. Too bad since focusing on urban legends is a cool idea. Which reminds me that I need to watch Urban Legend at some point.

The film opens with a good yet very short tale, called The Hook. It’s a nice creepy beginning and is also notable for staring Amy Smart and James Marsden before either one became famous. This segways into the main wrap around story, called The Campfire, which stars Christine Taylor as one of the four young adults that share stories after surviving a car crash.

Now the best story of the bunch is The Honeymoon, which stars Ron Livingston and Jennifer Macdonald as a couple that have the misfortune to break down in the desert. It’s a really frightening entry and is mostly responsible for the film’s barely fresh rating. This is followed by People Can Lick Too, which although merely solid/good has a nice buildup leading to an eerie conclusion and is a modern day twist on an old tale.

Unfortunately the last story, The Locket, is really boring which is a shame considering it stars Glenn Quinn. Nothing of note really happens and the twist is rather awful in terms of being a bad attempt at shock value. Better anthology choices exist out there although Campfire Tales is not a complete waste of time.

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