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.

Director:

Wes Craven

Writers:

Diana Henstell (novel), Bruce Joel Rubin (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Labyorteaux ... Paul Conway (as Matthew Laborteaux)
Kristy Swanson ... Samantha Pringle
Michael Sharrett ... Tom 'Slime' Toomey
Anne Twomey Anne Twomey ... Jeannie Conway
Anne Ramsey ... Elvira Parker
Richard Marcus ... Harry Pringle
Russ Marin ... Dr. Johanson
Lee Paul ... Sergeant Volchek
Andrew Roperto Andrew Roperto ... Carl
Charles Fleischer ... BB (voice)
Robin Nuyen ... Thief
Frank Cavestani ... Angry Resident
Merritt Olsen Merritt Olsen ... CAT Scan Technician
William H. Faeth William H. Faeth ... Doctor in Sam's Room (as William H. Faeth M.D.)
Joel Hile ... Deputy
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Storyline

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 robotics. 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 falls in the field of their paranoid grumpy neighbor Elvira Parker who won't give it back to the teenagers. On Halloween, Tom convinces Paul to let BB open the padlock of the entrance to Elvira's house. However, there is an alarm system and Elvira blows up BB with her shotgun. Then Harry pushes his daughter down the stairs, and the doctors leave her brain-dead connected to 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 ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Some people are just better off dead See more »


Certificate:

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Director Wes Craven and screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin's original vision for the film was a PG-rated supernatural science fiction thriller, with the primary focus being on the macabre love story between Paul and Samantha, as well as a secondary focus on the adults around them and how they are truly monsters inside themselves. Craven filmed this version of the film and Warner Bros. decided to screen it to a test audience mostly consisting of Craven's fans. The response from fans was negative, criticizing the lack of violence and gore seen in Craven's previous films. The studio eventually discovered Craven's popularity as a horror film director. The president of Warner Bros. at the time, Mark Canton, demanded Rubin write six additional gore scenes into his script, each bloodier than the last. Rubin worked very hard with Craven to create a very deep and heartfelt movie out of it. Unfortunately, added gore scenes, re-shoots and post production re-editing of the movie heavily changed the original story. Craven and Rubin expressed strong anger at the studio and thus disowned the film. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Neighbor: Old man Pringle and Mrs. Parker, both dead. His face was burned off.
Paul Conway: Elvira Parker?
Neighbor: Yeah, I heard somebody say she called the police. Said she saw Sam in her bedroom window. From what I hear, Elvira's head's all over the walls in there.
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Alternate Versions

The original Australian Video Version has all scenes that were cut for R rating in US totally uncut. These scenes are: Sam's father being stabbed with the broken flower vase and blood spurting out of the broken end all over Sam, Sam putting her father in the cellar furnace is uncut, Elvira Parker's death scene is totally uncut, Sam's father's burnt head coming through the bed is also uncut. See more »

Connections

Featured in No Small Parts: Anne Ramsey (2014) See more »

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An overlooked horror movie from the 80's.
28 January 2003 | by craiglappeSee all my reviews

Deadly Friend is not a bad movie. Looks like alot of critics did not like this movie. But why like a movie like scream? Those movies did not make any sense. Deadly friend had some great scenes. The best I would say is when Sam jumps out the window to attack Paul's friend. This movie had some scary moments. I feel it was overlooked by alot of people. Wes Craven makes good horror movies. He did a great job with this movie. It's really worth watching.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,804,429, 13 October 1986

Gross USA:

$8,988,731

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,988,731
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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