And Wes Craven makes a movie soo bad it’s good!
Deadly Friend (1986)
Directed By: Wes Craven (Scream)
So picture this, the year is 1986 and you are Wes Craven. You are already a legend for making The Last House on the Left and A Nightmare on Elm Street but you’re coming off the horrible made for TV movie Chiller and the very bad The Hills Have Eyes 2. So what do you do?? If you answered make a movie with the very hot Kristy Swanson to which she ends up getting a robots brain then you my friends have answered this question correctly! And while Deadly Friend is one of the more ridiculous films I’ve seen, EVER. It still is highly entertaining.
Paul is the new kid in town and he’s probably way too smart for his own good. He’s programmed a robot named “BB” that is just about as smart as a human and getting smarter by the day. Along the way Paul meets Sam, a girl he likes but a girl who gets beats up by her drunk father. After a night when things go too far Sam ends up dead *that’s not a spoiler just look at the damn plot on the back of the DVD!!*. Paul gets the grand idea to put BB’s brain into Sam’s head…BIG mistake.
This movie packs some of the most “out there” and none-logical moments I have ever seen in a horror film. But as crazy as it all is, it makes a really fun horror movie to watch. Also, when it comes to this stuff, why bother using logic? Add that to the fact it was the 80’s and you should be able to leave your brain at the door, pop some popcorn, and kick back and watch this horror film that still packs some of the trademarks of one Mr. Wes Craven. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there’s just a certain look and vibe you get from Craven films from the 80’s.
Before watching this film I didn’t read the plot, and I payed no attention to the DVD cover either. So once BB starts showing signs of aggression at the start of the film I figured we would be dealing with a crazy robot. But as you can see, that’s not entirely the case and pretty soon we have the once very hot Kristy Swanson in the role of Sam looking like a zombie and acting like a robot! But Paul still thinks she just fine and dandy! It’s by far pretty corny, and it’s actually pretty awesome. I would say something like this could only work in the 80’s but I do believe there are talks of a remake. So what do I know right?
While not an all out gore-fest, this film packs one of the bloodiest and most outrageous (in both logic and look) kills I have ever seen and it made me have to rewind it and watch it again because it’s just that awesome. I was also laughing at the time, so trust me it’s hilarious. While you won’t get a lot of the gore in this besides a few open brains, I think the movie is worth seeing just for this kill alone. And after seeing it now I have no idea why it’s not talked about more often.
So after this weird and unintentional funny movie rolls to a close you witness one of the more “out of left field” ending I have seen since..well..since another Wes Craven film called Deadly Blessing. I’m not sure if Wes is always happy with the ending his movies have but believe me this one may be near the top of my list for WTF endings. It’s not a great film by any means, but it’s fun and you should at least rent it.
While it’s very rare for me to say this, I believe this movie is soo bad it’s good. Meaning it’s not really the best film in the world but what it does it hits the right amount of areas to make it watchable and enjoyable. A of of people don’t talk a lot about Deadly Friend but I do believe it’s worth watching for sure.
The Rating (6.5/10)