Disturbing Behavior (1998) - Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Hohum Score



The new kid in Cradle Bay, Washington stumbles across something sinister about the town's method of transforming its unruly teens into upstanding citizens.

IMDB: 5.6
Director: David Nutter
Stars: James Marsden, Katie Holmes
Length: 84 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 56 out of 232 found boring (24.13%)

One-line Reviews (155)

The idea of the film was very silly but original and engaging and the acting skills were average, Nick Stahl really shined as Gavin in particular and Katie Holmes was also impressive as Rachel.

I think it was good that the movie´s playing time was under one and a half hour, that way it didn´t become slow.

DB also has a shocking start, an intriguing selling point which will to impel the viewer onwards.

But overall, it was a pretty 'ooky' movie: great premise, terrible execution, though entertaining enough to sit through and enjoy to some extent.

Buy the soundtrack CD, but don't waste your time or money on this film.

It's tired, silly, boring hokum.

Has one or two interesting elements and scenes, apart from that, a waste of time.

Disturbing Behavior may owe much of its premise to such classic films as Clockwork Orange (1971) and The Stepford Wives (1975), but it still stands as a clever and entertaining thriller.

Nothing that happens, from the bullying beat-downs to the association with different cliques and such isn't all that scary, yet that's all the attempts made to try to build up to something, which is deadly dull since nothing really works all that well.

And it got tiresome to see Marsden's character getting beaten up again and again and again...

It's like a drawn out episode of Charmed/Buffy the vampire slayer.

This was such a waste of time and money.

Dang, here the director/scriptwriter could have made a great point; is it worth it to be intelligent, smart and in every way perfect, if you're empty?

Character's like William Sadler's janitor, who is a confusing enigma in the original version, is seen in greater depth, and Bruce Greenwood's villain is given an excellent scene where he essentially lies to himself about the fate of his daughter.

I saw this at 9.00 on channel 5 so it was probably cut but it still an enjoyable romp into the world of mind control and the scene in the hospital sticks in the memory.

Don't waste your time with this film like I did.

This film lacks so much that it is a waste of time just trying to list all of the problems, so I will list three that really missed the mark.

It was an enjoyable yarn that didn't try and go overboard at the end!

It's been done hundreds of times before and it's so Cliché that you want to puke!

this film goes for the predictable ending where one of the evil brainwashed kids escapes and is now substituting for a class elsewhere.

Overall Disturbing Behaviour is an entertaining addition to the eerie teen thrillers that were widely released in cinemas during the 1990's.

It is worth watching as a teen sci-fi horror flick with some interesting performances.

A complete waste of time.

As a big fan of "Millenium" I expected David Nutter and Mark Snow to create a film that was at least entertaining and interesting, not silly and flat like this was.

This is one of the worst movies I've seen in a long time.

There is also an alternate ending that shows us an exciting final confrontation between Steve and Gavin.

However, this thriller directed by David Nutter who is responsible for the hit science-fiction television series 'X-Files' attempts to imitate a teenage version of 'The Stepford Wives', but suffers from a dull execution and absurdly ineffective thrills.

A very good film, and worth the watch.

Worth watching though.

The premise of the movie was an intriguing concept, recalling "The Stepford Wives" and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

The characters are paper-thin and totally uninteresting and the acting is mediocre at its best.

A waste of time and money .

A passable sci-fi teen romp, "Disturbing Behavior" is entertaining late-night fodder that, surprisingly, will inspire repeat viewings.

The only thing that made the movie worth watching: Katie Holmes.

What started out as enticing, quickly became boring and relatively unbelievable.

Right from the first scene, situations and sub-plots are as predictable as they come, and over-cliched.


the movie should be called 'annoying behavior' because it's really dead boring.

One of the worst movies ever .

What about making them empty, soulless individuals through the process of removing all human emotions and reactions?

The reverse theme of bad kids turning good was fascinating, and the paranoid performance by Nick Stahl was worth watching and intrigued me.

The gimmicky plot which mixes everything from 'The Stepford Wives', 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' and even to a extend 'Village of the Damned' doesn't eventuate up to much, but instead it becomes a really disjointed and cliché-ridden paranoia thriller that ends up being incredibly stupid and unintentionally laughable.

To call it at horrormovie is to have a low opinion on even the worst movie in that category.

Despite a screenplay written contrary to his vision, Nutter succeeds in creating a dramatic, moody, and entertaining sci-fi/horror yarn far more difficult to dismiss than its contemporary equivalents.

I thought that this was an intriguing movie.

This movie is so fascinating because it takes those impulses to an absurdly exaggerated level and forces characters to talk about them.

The acting in this movie was surprising good, i was rather impressed in what i saw and the albino stoner kid was REALLY good, but the storyline just went from good to mundane after a while.

Yet the Great Northwest locations are spectacular, the cast is good, particularly Marsden and Stahl, and the story is compelling enough.

Consequently, what begins as an intriguing story with some interesting characters rapidly evaporates into a disjointed mess, ultimately leaving too many characters undeveloped and too many questions unresolved.

The rest of the film's just too awful to waste your life with.

I mean, it had the worst rushed ending I've ever seen, it's allergic to plot twists and was incredibly predictable.

Boring stuff, otherwise....

I'm guessing that this movie (like the Faculty and other music-video excuses for movies) is geared toward the 12 year olds who feel like losers in their high schools and want to pretend that being a bad athlete or getting bad grades is cool, and *that* is why they run slow ("I meant to do that").

If you want to try to see the worst movie of the last couple of years see this one.

too predictable, too trashy - right from the start .

It's too short, the pacing is off, and it ends on a pretty sour note.

The most exciting stuff comes from Nick Stahl, who is the best acting within this movie.

Many people put down the film but I thought it was a fast, entertaining film that kept you wondering what was going to happen.

This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen in a theatre.

Movies are supposed to be fun and enjoyable; this one certainly was.

It reminded me of cross between an intriguing x files mystery an episode of the outer limits, with a little bit of the faculty thrown in for good measure.

word of the classic song of Pink Floyd ''Another Brick in the Wall'', used on the las scene of this movie that i rate to a very cool cliché.

Each movie is now the same basic thing, except for slightly different, but equally predictable, plots.

That the first two acts were so emotionally engaging is the result of Nutter's persistence and better judgment.

Nevertheless, DISTURBING BEHAVIOUR is surprisingly entertaining attempt considering the amount of flaws it has and the clichéd story, although hardly brilliant.

a teen thriller worth watching .

I think "Disturbing Behavior" did a great job of telling a thrilling story without drowning out the story by making the film longer.

The film is fast paced mostly those three actors James Marsden, Katie Holmes, and Nick Stahl are really good and they are giving best of their performances I miss that.

I enjoyed it and suggest you see it if you haven't already!

The characters are very dry, the plot is over done, and the acting is very 90210ish.

Stahl gives what is the most enjoyable performance in the whole thing.

The script is tame and predictable.

The character Gavin, was the most compelling as the paranoid boy, who is the first to feel the "evil" approaching.

The movie has a popular cast and an intriguing storyline.

The useless dialog is so bluntly one-note and lethargically bland.

very entertaining .

Other than Stahl, the most interesting characters are teen loser Andy (played gleefully by Tobias Mehler) and the weird school janitor Dorian (an over the top, enjoyable performance by William Sadler).

my suggestion : don't waste your time on this movie.

Whilst the first half of the movie concentrates on building atmosphere and suspense - something it does very well - the second half is a plot less, predictable, and shallow viewing experience.

There really needed to be a few deaths scattered throughout to help the film along, and the ones we have are really uninspiring and bloodless anyway, making for another big disappointment.

An Entertaining Flick .

Utterly incompetent thriller empty of scares or suspense .

Yet another dull "stepford wife" riff.

Pointless crap showcases someone getting their head bashed in with a pipe.

a mind boggling thriller...

A word to the wise: SAVE YOUR MONEY

But this movie could be better and it's too predictable and sometimes silly for some scenes.

This was a waste of time for so many reasons.

It was very entertaining, funny, and the truth that there probably are people like this walking around our high schools made it great.

What it does have is a certain restraint that keeps a fairly dull sounding plot surprisingly interesting.

This one is a real waste of time folks.

Worth Watching .

Does anyone remeber the FacultyThis movie was so predictable.

Bruce Greenwood,(Thirteen Days,Deja Vu)William Sadler,(The Green Mile,Hard to Kill,Ethan Embry(Harold and Kumar go to White Castle,Sweet Home Alabama)and Katherine Isabelle(Earthsea,Insomnia)also have roles in the film.

This movie is badly written and very predictable.

The deleted scenes described the events that took place and made it more thrilling and suspenseful.

It introduces us to it and then abandons it in place of lame action with dull characters.

Quite simply, this was a typical teen movie, a film that was frequently predictable and mediocre at best.

If you're bored watching scream .

Movie is boring, plotless, emotionless and a word to the writers: Hey, quit copying from other flicks, write your own stuff.

If there's a world full of Blue Ribbons, things wouldn't be exciting to you unless you're totally brainwashed.

Don't waste your time with this one.

It ends up being very predictable and devolves into a typical 'the whole town is evil' flick!

Also, I found this movie fairly non-formulaic which really surprised me because most teen flicks are.

You see, MGM decided to cut out a lot of the film (about 20 minutes), probably for fear that too much substance to the story would bore and confuse the MTV-slugs they were planning to distribute it to.

If Disturbing Behavior should be criticized, it certainly loses points in its third act, one that falls dangerously close to cliché, with Steve becoming more the archetypal hero figure in a predictable and unimaginative showdown with Caldicott and the Blue Ribbons.

The movie did it's job it was a thrilling movie with some funny dialogue.

The usually reliable Bruce Greenwood's gets stuck in the cliché role of the town villain, replete with fake mustache to PROVE that he's evil!

But once DISTURBING BEHAVIOR strips away subtleties and reveals the plot, it gets dull very fast!

The story was dull after Gavin was converted to a "blue robot" and the actor had nothing to work with.

Generally just a waste of time for all concerned; avoid.

With the exception of a few moments, this movie is a complete waste of time.


Disturbing Behavior could have been a reasonably good thriller in the vein of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but instead plays like an empty-headed high school theater production trying to look and sound and feel all grown-up.

For one Stahl was the only character I found to be truly worth watching.

What followed the initial amusement was 90 minutes of boring hell as I debated whether or not to go over to the next theater and see what was playing there...

It was different and it kept me on the edge of my seat.

The whole setting of zombie-like students affected by an evil teacher is so much over the edge and has been used in so many movies, the whole totally predictable.

There are some great scene movie but pick up in middle when the teenage go bit bonkers, which is very watchable at time but it get little boring really quickly until the disappointed ending.

As for The X Files, well they're also, often enough, pretty confusing aren't they.

Unneeded scenes and Confusing details .

The end result, however, is a mind-numbingly predictable and unsuspenseful mess that should be avoided like the unwanted computer chip implants that brainwash the teenagers in the movie.

" It manifest engaging ideas about society and freewill.

As the title suggests, the movie deals with teenagers who are brainwashed into committing violent and disturbing behavior, but the only thing really disturbing about this movie is how dull and incompetent it is.

The script is very monotonous in a way that makes the movie very boring.

) It's a good point made that once Gavin, the most engaging of the characters, is given a makeover, the movie definitely loses something.

It was an enjoyable film.....

It's just so boring that it's a wonder that the studio threw so much money at a terrible concept.

" and it's intriguing.

I thought the plot seemed OK, which is another reason for seeing the movie, but later on it just got dumb and boring.

On my all time worst movies list, I'd place this at #4.

It was also ploddingly slow and boring.

Isn't scary, suspenseful...

Scott Rosenberg has written some great stuff (adapting High Fidelity and Beautiful Girls) but you get the sense that Disturbing Behavior was something he wrote whilst bored in High School.

I agree with those who say that the first half of this movie was intriguing.

"Disturbing Behavior" has an intriguing beginning, with a murder and a group of former troublemakers and potheads transformed in perfect students, like in the classic "Invasion of Body Snatchers".

Rather than attempt to be the usual teen scare flick, this film relies far more on its brooding, paranoid atmosphere to be compelling and it works.

Surprisingly enjoyable teen-horror flick .

Definitely worth watching at least once.

I thought the movie was very entertaining, even with the similarities to several other movies in mind.

Surprisingly enjoyable teen-horror flick with good performances by James Marsden, Katie Holmes and Nick Stahl, the lead characters, and well directed by David Nutter who's known for previous X-files episodes.

The film's main strength is in how it slowly reveals the intriguing mystery beyond the story it's nice tone and setting and not to mention score.

Also the film lacks the element of visceral metaphor (thriller director David Croneberg's specialty) and the conclusion to it all is just laughable and contrived.

Disturbing but entertaining .

Watching paint dry is far more interesting than enduring this type of teen-oriented garbage.

Go see it, it's entertaining.

Yes, and I waste more of my precious money.

I think that The Faculty is more stylish than this movie and Urban Legend is more intense.

either way,it's worth watching.

He was quite bland as well.

What a waste of potential, don't waste your money.

The story by the way, is very similar to films like THE FACULTY, so I can't say that it is that original, but it's thrilling and at times even funny.

They also deleted the much more entertaining ending, and made them insert the POS that was originally shown.

Instead of deliciously initiative situations and sexy surprises, we get scene after scene of bland dialogue.

It definitely has its moments, Nick Stahl pretty much walks off with the movie, while James Marsden comes across as a very bland.