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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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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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In interview for Fangoria, Craven said that deadline for delivering first cut of Deadly Friend with re-shoots included, and delivering script for Nightmare On Elm Street Part 3 which he was writing with Bruce Wagner was virtually the same, making it very difficult for him to do both things at once. 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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Sam: He's my father. Sometimes I want to roll a truck over his face but he's still my father.
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A clever, if dated take on Frankenstein
21 June 2002 | by (Brooklyn, N.Y.) – See all my reviews

"Deadly Friend" is one of those horror films that came and went without a trace; but for a die hard horror fanatic like myself, it certainly had it's share of scares, humor, and yes, a surprising human touch.

Matthew Laborteaux (a "Little House on the Prairie" alum) plays Paul; an egghead teen with a robot pal named BB. In the course of the plot, he meets Samantha or "Sam" (Kristy Swanson), an abused, lonely girl who catches the eye of young Paul. Needlessly killed, by her drunk father, Paul vows to make wrongs right, by implanting BB's superchip into Sam's brain....and that my friends, is where the fun (or nightmares) begin.

Sam is confused about her new identity, and is naturally seen as a freak. She proceeds to take it out on the locals (including Anne Ramsey, of "Goonies" fame, with above all things; a basketball!!), who want this abomination to cease from existing. Wes Craven didn't quite score with this outing, even after the phenomenal success of "A Nightmare on Elm Street", but even a flop has it's own merits. Find this little gem, and be sure the lights aren't off!!

Grade: C+


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