Deadly Friend (1986) 1986 R CC

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Suspense master Wes Craven presents a story about lonely teenager whose overwhelming love for a young girl compels him to use all of his scientific knowledge and cunning to keep alive.

Starring:
Matthew Labyorteaux, Kristy Swanson
Runtime:
1 hour 31 minutes

Deadly Friend (1986)

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Genres Science Fiction, Drama, Mystery, Horror
Director Wes Craven
Starring Matthew Labyorteaux, Kristy Swanson
Supporting actors Michael Sharrett, Anne Twomey, Anne Ramsey, Richard Marcus, Russ Marin, Lee Paul, Andrew Roperto, Charles Fleischer, Robin Nuyen, Frank Cavestani, Merritt Olsen, William H. Faeth, Joel Hile, Tom Spratley, Jim Ishida, Nancy E. Barr
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By family dogg on September 23, 2007
Format: DVD
contrary to what wes craven says about it in interviews, DEADLY FRIEND is not his worst film and is not that bad a film, period. i have always enjoyed it and am surprised at how disturbing the story actually is. and the tacked-on ending is no dumber than the tacked-on ending of craven's original NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. bottom line, DEADLY FRIEND contains one of the coolest and most original kills i can remember from any 80s horror film: a character's head gets obliterated by a flying basketball! fans of this underrated gem will no doubt rejoice in being able to view that scene frame-by-frame now that it's on DVD.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Runk VINE VOICE on March 1, 2008
Format: DVD
In discussions about Wes Craven's career, Deadly Friend isn't usually brought up(then again neither is Chiller or Deadly Blessing). In fact, most folks probably don't remember that he even made the movie(like Swamp Thing). While it doesn't quite achieve classic status like some of his other films, it's rather fun. Until recently, I haven't seen this film since about 1988 or so(on HBO of course). The plot concerns a teenage genius, Paul, who has created a robot with artificial intelligence. He also teaches at the local college. He falls for his next door neighbor, Sam(Kristy Swanson), who ends up severely brain damaged and ultimately killed by her abusive father. Earlier in the film, Paul's robot, BB, was blown to smithereens by the neighborhood's lunatic old lady(Anne Ramsey from The Goonies and Throw Momma From The Train), so Paul has a handy dandy robot brain lying around. In true mad scientist fasion he brings back Sam with BB's brain. Of course we all know that when this stuff happens in movies nothing goes as smooth as planned. The merged brains of BB and Sam go on a killing spree of everyone that ever wronged them(there was some BB bullying early in the film). Paul tries to hide Sam from his mother and keep her in line with a remote control, but it all becomes to big for him to handle. Plus, his buddy is about to squeal to the fuzz. Interestingly the movie actually plays out better than the silly concept would have you believe. Make no mistake, some of it is quite funny, but in Craven's hands it's handled about as well as this Weird Science/Re-Animator hybrid could be handled. Swanson has never been one of my favorite actresses, but she does a good job with the blank stares and robotic movements(the credits state she had a mime coach).Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Monty Moonlight VINE VOICE on February 16, 2010
Format: DVD
A teenage genius named Paul (Matthew Laborteaux) moves into a new town with his single mother and typical '80's robot of his own design, BB. He makes a friend right away in a paperboy named Tom, and also discovers he's one of those lucky movie characters who has moved in next door to a teen angel, this one named Samantha Pringle (Kristy Swanson). Paul soon finds he has his hands full, between his increasingly intelligent and aggressive robot and constantly abused by her father love interest. Robot BB doesn't last long, thanks to some less than friendly neighbors, so the focus soon shifts more towards the beautiful and sweet Samantha, who is probably one of the most sympathetic characters ever put on film, and if you have trouble watching extreme adorableness suffer continuously, you may have trouble watching "Deadly Friend". This is the tragic story of teenage love ended all too soon and brought back in the style of Mary Shelly, with a modern twist!

Now, if you've seen "Deadly Friend" already, you may scoff at my awarding it 5 stars. But, as I often have to remind people, 5 stars means "I Love It", according to Amazon.com, not "It's a masterpiece of filmmaking", and I do love "Deadly Friend". Why? Well, first, it IS just an updated Frankenstein story, but that's a great story. This is an '80's take, but it's not overwhelmingly '80's like your typical teen '80's film. It manages to not be all that dated, aside from the look of the robot that is so reminiscent of so many movies from the time. But I think the main reason this movie endears itself to so many is that Kristy Swanson is such a sweetheart in it. It's so successful as a tragedy because Samantha is a character you really fall in love with and wish you could save.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dymon Enlow on May 18, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
Neurology and artificial intelligence nerd Paul moves to a new town to attend college. He brings along his homemade robot BB. BB seems pretty cool, but he has some deep seeded anger issues. Paul's thrilled to meet his sexy new neighbor Kristy Swanson, but not so thrilled about her abusive father. During an innocent Halloween prank they think it'd be funny to ring the doorbell of the cranky old lady across the street. Bad idea. As soon as Kristy gets up on the porch the old bat charges outside and kills BB with a shotgun. A short time later Kristy's dad beats her to death. I think you can see where this is going. That's right. Zombie robot.

You would think that since Paul is a teenager he would turn his new zombie robot girlfriend into a pleasure unit, but he's doesn't even have time for that because as soon as she wakes up she goes on a killing spree. Including one of the greatest kills in the history big studio movies: the basketball scene. Anybody who saw this movie as a kid knows what an unexpected shocker that was.

As entertainment I liked DEADLY FRIEND. It seemed like it had its heart in the right place, but at the same time it seemed kinda uneven. Like it was going in too many directions at once. Interesting premise for a story, alright acting, nice simple look to it, surprising violence, weak science, zero nudity. Honestly I wouldn't mind see a remake of the story. Worth a single watch at least.
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