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.


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

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11 June 2003 | Krug Stillo
Better than I thought
DEADLY FRIEND

This Wes Craven effort may seem a little dated in these post-Scream days, but watching it for the first time in years I realised it may have been an overlooked slice of mid-eighties teen-horror cinema. It's stylistically similar with the lesser cherished of Craven's films, such as Summer of Fear, Deadly Blessing and Chiller, but, like these mentioned titles is worth revisiting.

It has the usual Craven touches – kids in jeopardy, nightmares within-the-film that throw you off balance and dysfunctional relationships, but the film is basically about an intellectual who reanimates his girlfriend by placing the microchip brain of his home made android into her dead body leading murderous results. No one can deny the greatness, if extremely absurd, of that exploding head via basketball scene remains.

Bride of Frankenstein and Short Circuit combined may not suite a lot of pallets, but as Wes Craven films go Deadly Friend is definitely not half as bad as the critics claimed at the time of it's initial release.

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In an interview with Fangoria, Kristy Swanson said that she found herself and the other actors caught up in the studio's attempts to strong-arm Wes Craven into making the film more visceral than what was originally intended. During both production and re-shoots, changes to the script were being made, title changes were being discussed (when Craven started the project, it was called 'Friend', then it was changed to 'Artificial Intelligence' and then to 'A.I.' before the producers and the studio finally settled on 'Deadly Friend'), and there were many discussions about how violent and bloody the final film would be. All these issues also caused some problems for actors.


Quotes

Paul Conway: Hey, you can't do that.
Elvira Parker: Oh yes, I can. My property. My house. My ball.
Tom: What a witch!


Goofs

Elvira Parker's padlock to her gate is facing the incorrect way.


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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