Deadly Friend

1986

Deadly Friend

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11%

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38%

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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.

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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
Faeth M.D.
as William H./Doctor in Sam's Room
Lee Paul
as Police Sgt. Volchek
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

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Audience Reviews for Deadly Friend

  • Feb 13, 2015
    I've been wanting to see this movie for the longest time now but I've only been able to see it just recently.After all this time I must say I'm disappointed.Deadly Friend started off good but after robot BB was destroyed the movie went downhill.Robot BB was like a version of Johnny 5 that started Short Circuit-ing (Ha Ha Ha, I made myself laugh) I was really hoping BB was going to be rebuilt but..... Nope.After Robot BB's brain was implanted in Samantha, I was interested in seeing where this was going but I started losing interest as well.It just was NOT the same anymore.The Elvira kill scene has to be 1 of the most worst kill scenes I've ever seen.It was definitely different but stupid & the final end scene has to be 1 of the worst endings I've ever seen.If Deadly Friend was remade then I hope it's Wes Craven directing again & this time, I hope he'll be able to direct it exactly the way he wants
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 17, 2011
    This one that i categorize as my own kinda cheese! U know movies that are over the top cheesy but we love em anyways for some unknown reason? I'm pretty sure however that my main reason here is for Kristy Swanson!
    Lee K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 23, 2008
    This was a tame horror movie from the eighties that was by the numbers. but it still was pretty decent. The effects were alright. I was really surprised on how well Kristy Swanson was in this and you kind of felt her emotion. It was cool seeing Anne Ramsey in this as well. Didn't really care for the ending though. the morgue scene was kind of stupid, but then again, eighties horror movies were not known for their brilliant endings.
    Ken D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2008
    Nice cross between Frankenstein and 80's teen flick, but continues for a bit after it should have ended.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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