Without exaggeration, the single worst movie ever made.Disturbing Behavior (horror 1998), recently released on video by MGM, leaves audiences shifting in their seats and biting their fingernails – out of fear that the movie will never end. The filmmakers would have you believe that Disturbing Behavior is a fun addition to the horror genre. In truth, this movie can hardly be classified as horror because nothing – I mean nothing – is scary here. The feeling of dread so masterfully evoked in movies like The Changeling and Alien simply does not exist in Disturbing Behavior.
Fans of the genre generally admit that most horror movies, even the great ones, are formulaic. I personally love good horror movies, formula or no formula. Still, this movie takes the formula a step too far. There is nothing – once again I stress nothing – original about Disturbing Behavior. The characters are so cliched and idiotic that this reviewer will not legitimize them with mention of the actors who played them. These nameless, faceless characters begin the movie in the hallways of Cradle Bay High, a school where the good students have been brainwashed via cranial implant and are now forcing the bad kids to join them. But the Blue Ribbon Society is far from perfect; its members commit murder whenever they become sexually aroused. The murder is usually accompanied by witty sayings like, “I need my fluids.” Coming-of-age sexual frustration is the expected domain of teenage horror flicks, so the premise is not, in itself, disappointing. No, the disappointment sets in when you notice how little the writers cared about the realism of their own script: The janitor is apparently just pretending to be stupid so he can, in his own words, see just how interesting people are; the sirens the janitor uses to frighten rats miraculously wound a Blue Ribbon rapist, allowing his victim to escape just in time; microchips are inserted into the brain via the eyeball without damaging the eye (except for an occasional red flash seen in the pupil when a victim becomes angry or horny); and at the end of the movie, Joe Hero and friends declare that there is no hope for the Blue Ribbons and sends them careening off a cliff, into oblivion. Yes, the movie is just that stupid. Do something more useful with the three bucks you might have spent to rent this movie – use it to wipe your butt.Any real horror fan would not use this movie to scrape the jam out of his toes.