Released in some markets as Dead Kids, this offbeat slasher/mystery flick is set in the fictional small town of Galesburg, Illinois (although it was filmed in New Zealand).
It’s an oddball tale of high school murders, bizarre experiments and mad doctors, and boasts one of horror cinema’s strangest party scenes – a fancy dress party where all the local kids have come dressed as 1960s TV characters, including Batman and Robin, Lily Munster, Fred and Wilma Flintstone and even Hoss Cartwright from Bonanza.
The party is in full swing when Lou Christie’s hit song ‘Lightnin’ Strikes comes on and, inexplicably, the partygoers break into highly synchronised dancing.
It’s a wonderfully bizarre moment in a film that, despite its more grisly moments, pays loving homage to hazy small-town Americana of the 50s and 60s.
Dr Le Sange/Nagel
Beryl Te Wiata
Billy Al Bengston