Deadly Friend

1986

Drama / Horror / Sci-Fi

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 8%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 38%
IMDb Rating 5.6 10 7207

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1 hr 30 min
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Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 4 / 10

Wes Craven misstep

Teenager Paul Conway (Matthew Laborteaux) and his single mother Jeannie (Anne Twomey) move to a new town with his robot BB. He's a computer genius. He's a student at the college and even teaches there. He falls for his new next door neighbor Samantha Pringle (Kristy Swanson) who has an abusive father.

I don't remember anything about this Wes Craven film. I don't remember it showing up in the theaters. I don't remember it being shown on late night cable TV. So I was surprised seeing Wes Craven name. The first thing I want to note is the robot. It's silly. It's bad 80's. It's Wes Craven without any computer familiarity. I understand that Wes wanted to make a dark sci-fi romance. Quite frankly, he should have gotten rid of the robot and got a better male lead. As for the technology, there are ways to make it more realistic. Again, Wes may be incapable. Finally, there is Kristy Swanson as a robot. It's bordering on camp. I can't decide if I like it or want to make fun of it. There is a bit of both in her claw hands. At least if this is a failure, it's an interesting one.

Reviewed by claudio_carvalho 8 / 10

Cult Movie from the 80's

Paul Conway (Matthew Labyorteaux) and his mother Jeannie Conway (Anne Twomey) travel to a new town where Paul will join the local university invited by Dr. Johanson (Russ Marin). They bring the robot BB that was developed by Paul, who is a genius in robotic. Paul befriends the paperboy Tom Toomey (Michael Sharrett) and has a crush on his next door neighbor Samantha Pringle (Kristy Swanson), whose abusive alcoholic father Harry Pringle (Richard Marcus) 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 (Anne Ramsey) 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 normal?

"Deadly Friend" is an underrated cult movie from the 80's directed by Wes Craven in the beginning of his successful career. The story of friendship begins as a drama, with Samantha receiving bad treatment from he abusive father, and sci-fi with BB, maybe with one of the first artificial intelligence of the cinema. When Samantha becomes a zombie- robot, the plot becomes terror, but without gore, in the style of Franklenstein. Kristy Swanson is gorgeous and has a great chemistry with Matthew Labyorteaux. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Maldição de Samantha" ("The Samantha's Course")

Note: On 28 Nov 2016, I saw this film again.

Reviewed by gavin6942 6 / 10

Highly Amusing

Paul is a new kid in town with a robot named "BB". He befriends Samantha (Kristy Swanson) 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.

Whether you like this movie or not really comes down to how seriously you take it. Kristy Swanson walking and swinging her arms like a robot? Pretty silly. The acting is rather spotty at times. Some of the science and plot do not really add up. Calling this a "B" movie might be giving it too much credit.

There is a lot of dispute about what aspects were Craven, what came from the studio and what was from different producers. Craven did not want the movie to be as dark or gory as it became. Respectfully, I would have to disagree with Craven on that. The gore effects (especially the burned father) look incredible, and by far the highlight of the film is the death of the neighbor woman (death by basketball!).

This is a fun picture that seems to have been largely forgotten. Of course it is does not reach the status of "Last House", "Nightmare" or "Scream", but there is a lot to like about this one.

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