Deadly Friend (1986)

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After his friend is killed by her abusive father, the new kid in town attempts to save her by implanting robotic microchips into her brain.




  • Kristy Swanson in Deadly Friend (1986)
  • Deadly Friend (1986)
  • Kristy Swanson and Matthew Labyorteaux in Deadly Friend (1986)
  • Kristy Swanson in Deadly Friend (1986)
  • Wes Craven and Kristy Swanson in Deadly Friend (1986)
  • Kristy Swanson in Deadly Friend (1986)

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14 October 2007 | ODDBear
| Surprisingly good silly horror film
A super intelligent teenage whiz revives the love of his life with a chip that used to belong to his robot pal BB. But things don't go all that smoothly as his creation proves to have homicidal tendencies.

Is the film weird? You bet. Is it silly? Yeah, kind of. Is it hokey? Definitely. Is it entertaining? Surprisingly Yes.

The film is probably as close as you can get to family oriented graphic horror. The characters are not only well acted but extremely likable and that takes the film a long way. Matthew L something brings warmth and charm to his role and his relationship with his mom is cute and wholly believable. Kristy Swanson is pure delight as his "girl next door love" and her robotic moves are surprisingly well executed. Like in A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven is able to create characters who you actually give a damn about and that's what makes this silly premise actually work.

The film is pretty funny at times and the graphic horror is sure to delight gore hounds. The basketball scene alone is outstanding. For the most part Deadly Friend is more actual fun than suspenseful, although it does have a few well timed shocks.

All in all; A nice effort from Craven. Pretty inventive and overcomes it's weaknesses by being just a plain old fun flick.

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Because of all the studio interference and re-shoots, when it was released, 'Deadly Friend' was considered to be "a schizophrenic jumble of genres", and even Wes Craven himself admitted that he didn't know "what the Hell kind of film it was."


Paul Conway: Goddammit! There's still a chance! Things we can do! We've gotta' go now - sit down!
Tom: I want out. I mean it... I'm gonna' throw up.
Paul Conway: Throw up later.


When Paul tells his mom he is picking up the broken glass, you see his hands are holding the glass. In the next shot, his hands are not holding the glass.

Alternate Versions

The original release of the movie contained cuts which were implemented by the MPAA in order to prevent an X rating. Scenes for which movie kept getting X rating were all the gore scenes which were re-shot by studio orders. Movie was submitted to the MPAA 13 times before it finally got an R rating. Uncut scenes have been restored on the DVD release from the Twisted Terror Collection released by Warner Bros. on Sept. 25th, 2007. These scenes are:

  • When Samantha is dreaming about her father coming into her bedroom and she breaks a vase and stabs him with it, close-ups of Sam's face getting hosed with blood are present.
  • After Samantha murders her father in the basement boiler, Paul comes in and pulls the upper half of his body from the boiler and you get several more seconds and close-ups of his charred skeletal face.
  • The infamous 'basketball' scene in which Samantha kills Elvira with a basketball is extended to show more of Elvira's head exploding all over the wall and her headless body walking directly from the wall instead of cutting back to Samantha's face and then showing the body walking around as in the VHS release.


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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,804,429 13 October 1986

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