Deadly Friend (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

Deadly Friend (1986)

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Certainly never lauded as one of the best of horrormeister Craven's offerings, there are still enough moments of shock and fright in this film to keep an audience scared. Whiz-kid Paul (Matthew Laborteaux) moves into a new neighborhood with his mother Jeannie (Anne Twomey) and brings along the robot he built with his own two hands, Bee Bee. Bee Bee is programmed to speak and helps defend the local kids against some bullies that have been a problem. This gets Paul new friends, including the girl next door, Samantha (Kristy Swanson), and then several things happen at once. First Bee Bee is seriously sent into oblivion by a peeved old lady who is not into robotics. Then Samantha's abusive, alcoholic father goes over the edge and she ends up in the hospital. She is brain-dead but her physical body is not damaged. Bee Bee is body-dead, but his brain is not damaged. The answer to Paul's desire to save Samantha seems to have an obvious solution, but the results are a killer.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
Runtime:
Warner Home Video

Cast

Kristy Swanson
as Samantha Pringle
Matthew Laborteaux
as Paul Conway
Anne Twomey
as Jeannie Conway
Michael Sharrett
as Tom 'Slime' Toomey
Anne Ramsey
as Elvira Williams
Lee Paul
as Police Sgt. Volchek
Faeth M.D.
as William H./Doctor in...
Russ Marin
as Dr. Johanson
Andrew Roperto
as Carl Denton
Frank Cavestani
as Angry Resident
Merritt Olsen
as CAT Scan Technician
William H. Faeth
as Doctor in Sam's Room
Joel Hile
as Deputy
Tom Spratley
as Neighbor
Jim Ishida
as Coroner
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Critic Reviews for Deadly Friend

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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

½

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.

YosemiteSamFan
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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

deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

½

I'm sorry, I just can't hate something this cheesy, I don't have it in me. The stupid plot, the awful acting (Kristy Swanson's hands are hilarious) and everything laughable about it just adds to the charm for me.

divinetrash
Quinto Wallight

Super Reviewer

Deadly Friend Quotes

Paul: Sam. Listen to me. We can get help. Do you know Dr. Johanson? He can help us. Sam, please.
– Submitted by J * (2 years ago)
Paul: Now we see if it works.
Tom: You're kidding, right?
– Submitted by J * (2 years ago)
Harry: Goddamn kid. I told her to clean up her stuff off the stairs.
– Submitted by J * (2 years ago)
Harry: You lying little bitch! Okay, come on now. None of this shit. You get the hell up. Samantha. I'm not joking. You wanna know what real trouble is? I mean it. You get the hell up and get in your room.
– Submitted by J * (2 years ago)

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