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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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At the same time while filming the movie and having problems with studio forced re-shoots, Craven was going through a messy divorce and faced a $30,000,000 lawsuit due to a claim that Craven did not really write the script for his previous film, Nightmare On Elm Street. 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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The basketball makes the movie
13 March 2000 | by (New England) – See all my reviews

I love Wes Craven, and will watch anything he writes or directs even if everyone else says it's total crap. Well, DEADLY FRIEND is not total crap, but it might be if it wasn't so damn funny. Starring Kristy Swanson (the original BUFFY) as a girl brought back to life as an android, this film was obviously not meant to be taken too seriously. At least, I hope it wasn't.

The acting and directing here are really not too bad, considering the material they have to work with. The premise is silly, of course, and suffers from the fact that the main character is a child. It's not that children in horror movies are always bad... it's just that if you don't get the mix just right, the movie is going to be either laughable (like DEADLY FRIEND) or really, truly awful.

However, we can forgive the movie its faults for one reason: The Basketball Scene. This one is worth seeing just for that one scene, perhaps the single most creative use of a basketball ever captured on film. I applaud Wes Craven wildly for such an imaginative bit of cinematic violence. If you like cheesy horror movies, you really have to see this.


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