Disturbing Behavior was an American-financed, Canadian-shot production. The director was David Nutter, who has been extremely prolific in genre tv, including directing the pilots and numerous episodes of shows such as Space: Above and Beyond (1995-6), Millennium (1996-9), Sleepwalkers (1997), Roswell (2000-2), Dark Angel (2000-2002), Smallville (2001-11), Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008-9), Game of Thrones (2011 ) and The Flash (2014 ), most of which he has also worked for in a producing capacity. The work that David Nutter was probably most well known and almost certainly selected on the basis of here was as director and a producer on the first three seasons of The X Files (1993-2002). Despite his prolific television output, David Nutter had only directed one other film, Full Moons video-released Trancers 4: Jack of Swords (1994) and has yet to be offered the chance to make another film subsequent to Disturbing Behavior.
Disturbing Behavior is a promisingly better film than most of the other abovementioned contemporary teen horror films, most of which ended up being not much more than 1980s slasher films with studio budgets. There is some deft characterizations and sharply cynical writing Nick Stahl has a wonderful speech early on in the show where he conducts a verbal tour of the student cafeteria dividing the students up into various wryly-observed types. When it comes to characterizations, some of the casting does tend to get in the way of suspension of disbelief James Marsden, later Cyclops in the X-Men films, is too handsome and assured to seem like someone who would convincingly automatically seek out the company of two slackers and social dropouts. Katie Holmes, then just come from the success of Williamsons Dawsons Creek tv series (1998-2003), has more success at portraying a cynical social outsider. Best of all is Nick Stahl, whose sarcastically cheerful geek is well played, especially good being the abrupt change the character makes in mid-film.
David Nutter does a decent job of directing, providing a modest degree of style and some effective moments of tension. The best scene is where the beautiful Crystal Cass comes onto James Marsden and then has a psychotic episode where she bashes her head into the bathroom mirror and comes after him with a shard of broken glass, before suddenly getting up and walking out as though nothing had happened: I have to go I have a test tomorrow. Where the film falls down is in a screenplay that fails to offer adequate resolution to its elements. The menace is wrapped up as though the writer suddenly realized that the script had exceeded a predetermined length whereupon the threat is brought to an end with an abrupt and disappointingly obvious deus ex machina resolution that comes out of nowhere.
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