Deadly Friend (1986)


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With the over-the-top gruesomeness of The Re-Animator to compare it to, Wes Craven's Deadly Friend limps into the second tier, coming across as a Frankenstein tale lost on Elm Street. Paul (Matthew Laborteaux) is a teen computer genius who has recently moved to a new town. The quiet and peaceful milieu permits him to continue experimenting with his life's work -- a human-like robot named Bee Bee. But Paul becomes smitten with the comely girl next door, Samantha (Kristy Swanson). For Samantha, … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Bruce Joel Rubin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 25, 2007
Warner Home Video


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as Carl Denton

as Angry Resident

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as Doctor in Sam's Room

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Critic Reviews for Deadly Friend

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Has become progressively cheesier as the years pass.

Full Review… | February 11, 2013
Cinema Crazed

A Wes Craven misfire in nearly every area.

April 2, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Deadly Friend


Unbelivable, cheesy, tragic and fascinating! An electronics geek (Matthew Laborteaux from "Little House on the Prairie") tries to bring his deceased girlfriend (Kristy Swanson) back to life with parts from his robot project. The life-giving experiment turns her into a monstrous creation to be dealt with named "Bee-Bee". Gosh, this movie has a silly Frankenstein-esque premise, which delivers a cool 80's horror experience. Wes Craven actually directed this post-Elmstreet, so it deserves some attention.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer


Very much part of the Frankenstein-genre, this Wes Craven effort is often strangely touching and almost sickly compared with his usual fare.

Dr Blood  

Super Reviewer

A midding Wes Craven effort, half ingenious Frankenstein re-hash, half-silly teen horror.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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