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Deadly Friend

Deadly Friend (1986) Review

Being so young at the time when I first saw Deadly Friend (1986), I never realize that the director of Deadly Friend (1986) Wes Craven, (I was 8 or 9 years old than) will become one of the most brilliant person that I will come across in the genre of gore and horror movies through the years. But as everyone knows or it`s just me, most of your favourite persons after a few years become something you can`t recognize, the same happens to their field of work and as the time passes you find out that you only like a…

Review Overview

Soundtrack - 45%
Acting - 20%
Plot - 35%
Photography - 10%
Originality - 40%
Quоtes - 5%
P points - 75%

33%

Summary : If you are a person who likes older movies especially horror classics then you have to take a bit of time and look at it at least once.

User Rating: 4.85 ( 4 votes)
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Being so young at the time when I first saw Deadly Friend (1986), I never realize that the director of Deadly Friend (1986) Wes Craven, (I was 8 or 9 years old than) will become one of the most brilliant person that I will come across in the genre of gore and horror movies through the years. But as everyone knows or it`s just me, most of your favourite persons after a few years become something you can`t recognize, the same happens to their field of work and as the time passes you find out that you only like a piece or two of his entire work.

I did`t know either that he had already directed and wrote the Last house on the left (1972), (his first movie), The hills have eyes (1977), and The hills have eyes 2 (1984) all three have remakes, this time Wes Craven produced them, and of course A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), I haven`t still watched any of the originals, but I did saw all the remakes. It`s completely waste of time and energy to see Hills have eyes, and if you have already seen it, please don’t watch the sequel, cause is the same rubbish as the first one maybe even worst.

Deadly Friend (1986), was not written by Craven, the movie is based on a novel by Diana Henstell “Friend”, I tried to find some more interesting data about Diana as I was writing this review but , I didn’t found anything except that she wrote some novels like New Morning Dragon, The Other Side and all other novels are with same thematic – horror and science fiction. Although I haven’t read the book yet, according from those who did read it, there are a lot of differences between the movie and the novel, but this is common knowledge.

Main character is Paul Conway played by Matthew Labyorteaux super genius boy freak who moves in a new town with his mother played by Anne Twomey, as it is in a book the move from Boston to enroll a medical school named Polytech something about neurology and AI studies where Paul earns his own laboratory, and along he brings a robot named BB (Bee Bee) build by him, BB is a yellow part, part metallic color robot with head made of radio or an oval tape player with yellow eyes and eyebrows, with chest made of metal box actually looks like mail box, kind a hidden wheels, self-moving and talking machine, with a conciseness, self-aware and ability to distinct right from wrong, fully equipped with moral principles, a must point that BB have so many familiarity with Johnny Number 5 from Short Circuit (1986) they all have same features, look and move equally, and speak almost the same, BB`s voice is done by Charles Fleischer.

While in a first scene we can see that something is terribly wrong with BB, later our expectations comes true and BB turns into mean and revengeful machine.

Bee Bee

Bee Bee

Everything changes in Paul`s life after he meets a girl neighbour named Samantha Pringle played by Kristy Swanson and becomes immediately sympathetic with her. After a dinner with Sam and his mother, Sam returns home and starts arguing with her father Harry played by Richard Marcus who pushed her down by stairs and seems to accuse her being just like her mother, even though we see him drinking beer can on a couch I don`t see any connection with alcohol and his behaviourPaul can`t reconcile with Sam`s coma situation, when he finds out from a doctor, (doctor is actually his mentor at the Polytech) that she is brain-dead and there is nothing they can do about that only to switch off the machines that keep her alive, Paul with his paperboy friend named Tom steals her from the hospital, and revive her using the BB`s microchip implanting it in her brain before this BB is killed by an old neighbour Mrs.Parker played by Anne Ramsey (somehow i see resemblance with Elmer Fudd in her which is kind of funny) with a shot-gun on Halloween night while BB was trespassing through her yard, trying to save Paul, Tom and Samantha who were caught inside the yard. The scene of killing BB is quite unique.

DEADLY FRIEND, Anne Ramsey, 1986. ©Warner Brothers

DEADLY FRIEND, Anne Ramsey, 1986. ©Warner Brothers

Seems very goofy when Paul tries to active Sam`s microchip with a remote control , the chip will enhance her brain functions and find any life what`s left in her. And as it does, Sam comes back alive but know she is a robot killer with super strength, as she inherits all BB`s abilities which does not make any sense at all why there is such change. Sam now part human and part BB starts her raging killing on everyone who have before done her damage, killing her father, Mrs. Parker, (a tremendous scene with a basketball, splashing her head), and when she tries to kill Tom after that Paul, she runs away confused and at the end left being killed by a very stupid police-officer.

Ending Scene is pure nonsense. Probably Wes wanted to end the movie with some chill and gore using his very familiar creepy noises but it all came out very poor, actually i do wonder why he always end`s his movies with this same scheme.

In the end I do love this movie, never minding the poor acting of all cast, and other shortcomings.

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