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Deadly Friend (1986)

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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Paul Conway (as Matthew Laborteaux)
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BB (voice)
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Doctor in Sam's Room (as William H. Faeth M.D.)
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Paul Conway and his mother Jeannie Conway travel to a new town where Paul will join the local university invited by Dr. Johanson. They bring the robot BB that was developed by Paul, who is a genius in robotic. Paul befriends the paperboy Tom Toomey and has a crush on his next door neighbor Samantha Pringle, whose abusive alcoholic father Harry Pringle frequently hurts her. One day, Paul, Sam, Tom and BB are playing basketball and the ball fall in the field of their paranoid grumpy neighbor Elvira Parker that does not give it back to the teenagers. In Halloween, Tom convinces Paul to let BB open the padlock of the entrance to her house. However, there is an alarm system and Elvira blows up BB with her shotgun. Then Harry pushes her daughter down the stairs and the doctors let her brain-dead connected to the life support. However Paul convinces Tom to go to the hospital to rescue Sam and then he implants BB's chip into her brain resurrecting Samantha. But will she come back to life ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Grab A Friend before someone in the audience grabs you! See more »


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10 October 1986 (USA)  »

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$8,988,731 (USA)
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While filming the movie and having problems with the studio-forced re-shoots, Wes Craven and his ex-wife Mimi were going through a messy divorce, and he even faced a $30 million lawsuit in court with a person who claimed not only to have written A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), but that Craven stole the story. On top of all that, he was removed from two major projects: Beetlejuice (1988), and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987), both of which were also distributed by Warner Bros. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Paul Conway: [Elvira rolls the basketball inside her house] Hey, you can't do that.
Elvira Parker: Oh yes, I can. My property. My house. My ball.
Tom: What a witch!
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Referenced in Frankenhooker (1990) See more »

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In One Word - Outstanding!!
21 August 2000 | by (Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Deadly Friend is a largely unknown film from acclaimed director Wes Craven, who became famous for movies like The Hills Have Eyes and The Last House on the Left. But if you give a chance to this thriller you will find something very original and scary...very scary!Deadly Friend is a genuinely frightening experience, it has such a great story that catches you from the beginning to the end. First of all, the plot is original and interesting - Deadly Friend isn't just another horror film, it's in parts a love story and in others it works as an old-fashioned gripping thriller that would make Hitchcock or De Palma proud of. Paul is a new kid in town, and he is a genius in computers and robots. He falls in love with the kind, sweet and vulnerable girl next door, Samantha, but everything ends up bad when Samantha's abusive father kills her. The guy freaks out and steals Samantha's body. He uses all his knowledge in machines and computer chips, and achieves to bring her back...as a killer robot!he takes her to his attic but she soon starts to kill the persons who used to humiliate her.

The Cast: the cast is great, terrific performances are delivered by the main actors. Kirsty Swanson is outstanding as Samantha, in the first hour of the film she is so sweet you may fall in love with her, in the last hour she is scary as hell. She is an excellent young star, and in certain ways, she reminds a lot another great young actress, Reese Witherspoon, she has that quality of delivering true-to-life, real performances, and like Reese she has an innocent beauty.Mathew Laborteaux makes a believable character, Paul is a guy who isn't a bad kid, he just is desperate to help the girl he loves but doesn't know how to deal with the consequences of his acts.

The Director: Wes Craven once again hits big time!this is one of his greatest films, but it will be a surprise for his fans because, instead of what they saw in The Hills Have Eyes and in most of Craven's films, Deadly Friend isn't so violent. Of course, you get some blood and guts here, but the deaths are relative low. If you want to see a body count, go rent Hellbound Hellraiser 2. Craven's goal here is that he sustains some kind of genuine suspense during the whole film with mastery, something that just Alfred Hitchcok used to do well.

The Story: in just one word - OUTSTANDING!this is a different, compelling story, it's a gripping tale that mixes such elements like love and horror, it's an appealing and charming material.

If you want to watch something really good, rent this great movie!here you will find suspense, humor, horror and love. It's a great job from great professionals!


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