Deadly Friend (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Deadly Friend (1986)




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Certainly never lauded as one of the best of horrormeister Craven's offerings, there are still enough moments of shock and fright in this film to keep an audience scared. Whiz-kid Paul (Matthew Laborteaux) moves into a new neighborhood with his mother Jeannie (Anne Twomey) and brings along the robot he built with his own two hands, Bee Bee. Bee Bee is programmed to speak and helps defend the local kids against some bullies that have been a problem. This gets Paul new friends, including the girl next door, Samantha (Kristy Swanson), and then several things happen at once. First Bee Bee is seriously sent into oblivion by a peeved old lady who is not into robotics. Then Samantha's abusive, alcoholic father goes over the edge and she ends up in the hospital. She is brain-dead but her physical body is not damaged. Bee Bee is body-dead, but his brain is not damaged. The answer to Paul's desire to save Samantha seems to have an obvious solution, but the results are a killer.

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Kristy Swanson
as Samantha Pringle
Matthew Laborteaux
as Paul Conway
Anne Twomey
as Jeannie Conway
Michael Sharrett
as Tom 'Slime' Toomey
Anne Ramsey
as Elvira Williams
Faeth M.D.
as William H./Doctor in Sam's Room
Lee Paul
as Police Sgt. Volchek
Russ Marin
as Dr. Johanson
Andrew Roperto
as Carl Denton
Frank Cavestani
as Angry Resident
Merritt Olsen
as CAT Scan Technician
William H. Faeth
as Doctor in Sam's Room
Joel Hile
as Deputy
Tom Spratley
as Neighbor
Jim Ishida
as Coroner
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Critic Reviews for Deadly Friend

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (1)

... a movie whose ho is exceeded only by its hum.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Wes Craven spent the majority of his career churning out subpar horror flicks, although the mediocrity that is Deadly Friend can't really be blamed on him or scripter Bruce Joel Rubin.

October 29, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

This one's fun even though it's this insane train wreck of a dumpster fire that's fascinating to behold.

October 22, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

...a watchable yet entirely unmemorable drama...

October 11, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The closed ending is unconvincing and distorts the promising tone of the beginning. [Full Review in Spanish]

June 24, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Deadly Friend


I'm sorry, I just can't hate something this cheesy, I don't have it in me. The stupid plot, the awful acting (Kristy Swanson's hands are hilarious) and everything laughable about it just adds to the charm for me.

Quinto Wallight
Quinto Wallight

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This one that i categorize as my own kinda cheese! U know movies that are over the top cheesy but we love em anyways for some unknown reason? I'm pretty sure however that my main reason here is for Kristy Swanson!

Lee Kyle
Lee Kyle

Super Reviewer


Unbelivable, cheesy, tragic and fascinating! An electronics geek (Matthew Laborteaux from "Little House on the Prairie") tries to bring his deceased girlfriend (Kristy Swanson) back to life with parts from his robot project. The life-giving experiment turns her into a monstrous creation to be dealt with named "Bee-Bee". Gosh, this movie has a silly Frankenstein-esque premise, which delivers a cool 80's horror experience. Wes Craven actually directed this post-Elmstreet, so it deserves some attention.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

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