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Deadly Friend (1986)

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Paul is a new kid in town with a robot named "BB". He befriends Samantha and the three of them have a lot of good times together. That is, until Samantha's abusive father throws her down ... See full summary »

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Russ Marin ...
Dr. Johanson
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Andrew Roperto ...
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Robin Nuyen ...
Frank Cavestani ...
Merritt Olsen ...
William H. Faeth ...
Doctor in Sam's Room (as William H. Faeth M.D.)
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Paul is a new kid in town with a robot named "BB". He befriends Samantha and the three of them have a lot of good times together. That is, until Samantha's abusive father throws her down some stairs and kills her. In an effort to save her life, Paul implants BB's computer brain into Samantha's human brain. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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10 October 1986 (USA)  »

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$8,988,731 (USA)
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What has probably became the most confusing and hated scene of the movie since it's release, the ending where Samantha turns into robot was indeed considered to be very bad idea for ending by people involved in filming, but reason why it was included is because it was idea of Mark Tappin, who was the head of studio at the time. In an interview for Fangoria in 1990, screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin said this about forced ending and why it stayed in movie; "You don't tell the president of Warner Bros. that his idea stinks!" Rubin also said how, at least at that time, people were still blaming him for ending where Samantha turns into robot, even though Tappin is the one who came up with it. He also mentioned that despite the fact that studio destroyed the love story of the movie which he and Craven liked, he still enjoyed working with Wes, confirming that he wasn't the one who wanted to change the movie and that he should not be blamed for what happened to it. Rubin even said that the production of the movie was one of the happiest experiences he ever had. See more »

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When Samantha lifts the bully up, you can very faintly see the wires holding him up. See more »

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[last lines; Sam emerges into an evil version of BB and chokes Paul to his death]
Sam: [evil, whispering voice] Paul. Come with me, Paul.
Paul Conway: [screaming] NOOOOOOOO - !
[snaps Paul's neck]
Sam: BB.
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An artificial Kristy Swanson!? Where can I get on of those???
25 May 2004 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Okay, one of my fellow reviewers here on this site described this film in one marvelous – rather sarcastic – sentence. In fact, it's so well stated that I'm going to steal it for my own review. The premise of Deadly Friend, ladies and gentlemen: `Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy creates lethal cyber-Barbie...'. Deadly Friend introduces Paul, an ultra-intelligent adolescent who build a robot that thinks and handles completely for itself. The robot – B.B – is the purest, most advanced piece of technology ever yet it talks with a peppy, blurry voice. Along with his mother, Paul moves to a new town where he continues his Pointdexter studies and falls in love with his sweet neighbor girl (the yummy Kristy Swanson). The girl is terrorized and eventually killed by her monstrous father, a crazy old woman blows B.B to pieces and Paul snaps. He steals her corpse from the hospital and implants her with B.B's artificial brain. Right from the start, this goes wrong as Kristy avenges her death (and how!). Although the undertone of Deadly Friend is downright comic, there are quite a lot gruesome moments and bloody sequences. The plot is highly unoriginal (actually, some sort of lame Frankenstein-variant), the characters are far from believable and the entire production is perfect to claim Wes Craven is an overrated director. Below average, silly film but with – it has to be said – one of the coolest killings ever! The basketball-decapitation alone is worth at least one viewing of this film.


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