James B. (wandersoul73) from LINDALE, TX Reviewed on 6/25/2009...
Another ok flick by Craven. Where's Freddy when you need him?
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Basketball + head = great moment in 80s horror
gonzoriffic | athens, GA USA | 09/24/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"contrary to what wes craven says about it in interviews, DEADLY FRIEND is not his worst film and is not that bad a film, period. i have always enjoyed it and am surprised at how disturbing the story actually is. and the tacked-on ending is no dumber than the tacked-on ending of craven's original NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. bottom line, DEADLY FRIEND contains one of the coolest and most original kills i can remember from any 80s horror film: a character's head gets obliterated by a flying basketball! fans of this underrated gem will no doubt rejoice in being able to view that scene frame-by-frame now that it's on DVD."
Kristy Swanson - for the children of the 80's
Don't tread on me | North Carolina, USA | 01/19/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Watching Kristy Swanson on 'Skating with Celebrities' on Fox got me trying to remember 'What was the hoakey movie that Kristy starred in back in the 80's?' Sure enough, I managed to remember Deadly Friend.
I don't think that this movie should be taken as a serious horror movie. There are definitely some intense scenes that earned the R rating. This is a classic movie of the 80's. Made in the same age of robot movies that spawned Short Circuit, Runaway, etc. It was an interesting idea for a movie. Not quite a 5 star, but one for those who collect movies of the 1980 decade. "
Wes Craven's Short Circuit
Stanley Runk | Camp North Pines | 03/01/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In discussions about Wes Craven's career, Deadly Friend isn't usually brought up(then again neither is Chiller or Deadly Blessing). In fact, most folks probably don't remember that he even made the movie(like Swamp Thing). While it doesn't quite achieve classic status like some of his other films, it's rather fun. Until recently, I haven't seen this film since about 1988 or so(on HBO of course). The plot concerns a teenage genius, Paul, who has created a robot with artificial intelligence. He also teaches at the local college. He falls for his next door neighbor, Sam(Kristy Swanson), who ends up severely brain damaged and ultimately killed by her abusive father. Earlier in the film, Paul's robot, BB, was blown to smithereens by the neighborhood's lunatic old lady(Anne Ramsey from The Goonies and Throw Momma From The Train), so Paul has a handy dandy robot brain lying around. In true mad scientist fasion he brings back Sam with BB's brain. Of course we all know that when this stuff happens in movies nothing goes as smooth as planned. The merged brains of BB and Sam go on a killing spree of everyone that ever wronged them(there was some BB bullying early in the film). Paul tries to hide Sam from his mother and keep her in line with a remote control, but it all becomes to big for him to handle. Plus, his buddy is about to squeal to the fuzz. Interestingly the movie actually plays out better than the silly concept would have you believe. Make no mistake, some of it is quite funny, but in Craven's hands it's handled about as well as this Weird Science/Re-Animator hybrid could be handled. Swanson has never been one of my favorite actresses, but she does a good job with the blank stares and robotic movements(the credits state she had a mime coach). Matthew Laborteaux has nerdy charm, but it is a bit hard to buy that he'd have the drive and determination to do what he does. This movie is most well known for it's "basketball decapitation" scene, which is certainly worth the price of admission alone. The shock ending scene is completely absurd and defies any kind of logic, but is very typical of horror movies from this time period. It still managed to bring a smile to my face nonetheless. The song played over the closing credits is a hoot with it's constant whisperings of "BB!", "BB!" Deadly Friend was worth seeing again for sure(unlike that putrid Cursed movie Craven did). Maybe it'll be worth it to you too."
satirox | Liverpool | 05/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this film, though unfortunately I don't own it. It was the first Wes Craven film I saw when I was ten, and it stuck in my mind! It's funny, witty, and a little gross, but it's a good movie, an original in the horror genre! I suggest if you haven't seen it, then go see it, because, quite simply....IT ROX!"
Cristian | Spain | 04/11/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I have to say that this isn't, of course, Craven's best horror film (it should be Scream 1), it had a modest production, but Deadly Friend is good and very easy to follow. I like it, specially Kristy Swanson, who did a great work, except for the part where she walks when she's a robot, I think she does it very badly. This isn't one of Swanson's best performances (I have to say that her best role has been Cathy in Flowers In The Attic), but she does it OK, as well as the rest of the cast.Loved the "exploding head", when I first saw it I couldn't stop laughing, it's so hilarious. I have to say that I didn't expect it."