Sunday, 2 June 2013

80's Flashback: Deadly Friend (1986)


New kid in town Paul (Matthew Labyorteaux) falls for the girl next door Samantha (Kristy Swanson) in this quirky horror tale from Wes Craven. Deadly Friend is one of those movies that for unknown reasons seems to have just disappeared. Riding on the coat-tales of Gremlins the story is 50% horror, 50% humour, with very similar family values. Here unlike Gremlins however when the gore strikes it really strikes.

In Craven's tale Samantha is a victim of abuse at the hands of her own father, and during a furious row she is killed. Love struck Paul takes extreme measures, and uses his technical know-how to bring her back to life, but something a little twisted comes back with her.

Deadly Friend is one of the movies that stays in my mind, most notably for one of the deaths, but secondly because of the cute addition to the movie in the form of robot BB. Deadly Friend has a great story pace, and a reasonable number of deaths for die-hard horror fans. It's funny, original, and strangely addictive.

Labyorteaux was best known to kids of the 70's from his roles in The Red Hand Gang and Little House On The Prairie. Weirdly Deadly Friend despite its success was the death-nail for Labyorteaux's career. The actor has since been relegated to voice overs, and is seldom seen publicly.



Purchase the DVD (sadly only available in US format region 1) from Amazon, by clicking the links below.


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