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Deadly Friend -- Suspense master Wes Craven presents a story about a lonely teenagerwhose overwhelming love for a young girl compels him to use all of hisscientific knowledge and cunning to keep alive.


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Diana Henstell (novel)
Bruce Joel Rubin (screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 October 1986 (USA) See more »
She can't live without you. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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3 nominations See more »
(33 articles)
Author Joseph Maddrey Looks Back at Wes Craven’s Deadly Friend
 (From DailyDead. 8 September 2015, 2:45 PM, PDT)

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Directed by
Wes Craven 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Diana Henstell  novel "Friend"
Bruce Joel Rubin  screenplay

Produced by
Robert Crawford Jr. .... co-producer (as Robert L. Crawford)
Patrick Kelley .... executive producer
Robert M. Sherman .... producer
Original Music by
Charles Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Philip H. Lathrop 
Film Editing by
Michael Eliot 
Production Design by
John Loggia 
Daniel A. Lomino 
Makeup Department
Lance Anderson .... additional special makeup effects
Michael Hancock .... makeup artist
Art Department
Roy Barnes .... set designer
John Sweeney .... assistant propmaster
Sound Department
Gail Clark Burch .... adr editor
Tom Ruff .... a.d.r. mixer
Tom Ruff .... foley mixer
Special Effects by
Peter Albiez .... special effects foreman
Linda Arvidson .... stunts
Pamela Benson .... stunts
Anthony Cecere .... stunt coordinator (as Tony Cecere)
Doc D. Charbonneau .... stunts
J. Mark Donaldson .... stunts (as Mark Donaldson)
Gary Epper .... stunt double: Matthew Labyorteaux
Leslie Hoffman .... stunt double: Anne Ramsey
Leslie Hoffman .... stunts
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunts (as Tracy Lyn Keehn)
Lane Leavitt .... stunts
Terry Leonard .... stunt coordinator
Mike H. McGaughy .... stunts (as Mike McGaughy)
Tom Oldberg .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts (as Patrick Romano)
Debby Lynn Ross .... stunts
Ted Grossman .... stunts (uncredited)
Toby Holguin .... stunts (uncredited)
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Waters .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Howard Anderson .... key grip
Doug J. Campbell .... dolly grip (as Doug Campbell)
Music Department
John La Salandra .... music editor (as John LaSalandra)
Transportation Department
Robert Neilson .... transportation coordinator
Dave Robling .... transportation captain
Other crew
Keith Huber .... "BB" shell design
Marianne Maddalena .... assistant: Mr. Craven
Dan Perri .... title designer
Ray Raymond .... "BB" robot
Karen Shaw .... production coordinator
B.J. Smith .... set medic (uncredited)

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91 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Canada:R (Ontario) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2007) (self applied) | Finland:K-16 (heavily cut) (1988) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1987) | France:12 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2007) (uncut version) | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Poland:18 | Portugal:M/16 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #28254) | West Germany:16 (original rating) (cut)

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In interview for Fangoria, Craven said that the deadline for delivering the 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 »
Continuity: Elvira Parker's padlock to her gate is facing the incorrect way.See more »
Paul Conway:[Tom falls off his bike] Geez. Arey ou all right?
Tom:What the hell is that?
Paul Conway:Oh, his name is BB. Are you all right?
Tom:Yeah, sure. Ha. Is he for real? Where did you get him?
Paul Conway:I made him. What's your name?
Paul Conway:BB, this is Tom.
[BB puts his mechanical arm out to shake hands]
Paul Conway:Come on, it's okay.
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16 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
In One Word - Outstanding!!, 21 August 2000
Author: ary luiz dalazen jr. ( from Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil

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 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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