Deadly Friend (1986)

35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American science fiction/horror film directed by Wes Craven.

Plot Summary

Paul, his mother and his robot move to a new home where he befriends Samantha. When she is beaten to death by her abusive father, Paul steals her body and replaces her brain with that of his robot with disastrous results.


Directed by: Wes Craven
Warner Bros., Layton Productions, Pan Arts Company
Executive Producer: Patrick Kelley
Produced by: Robert M. Sherman
Written by: Bruce Joel Rubin
Based on the Novel by: Diana Henstell
Director of Photography: Philip Lathrop
Editor: Michael Eliot
Music by: Charles Bernstein
Production Sound Mixer: Richard Church
Men's Costumer: Barton ‘Kent' James
Women's Costumer: Carole Brown-James
Make-up: Michael Hancock
“BB” Robot: Ray Raymond, Robotics 21
Production Designer: Dan Lomino

Matthew Laborteaux (Paul Conway)
Kristy Swanson (Samantha Pringle)
Michael Sharrett (Tom)
Anne Twomey (Jeannie)
Anne Ramsey (Elvira Parker)
Richard Marcus (Harry)
Russ Martin (Dr Johanson)
Lee Paul (Sergeant Volchek)
Andrew Roperto (Carl)
Charles Fleischer (voice of “BB”)
Robin Nuyen (thief)
Frank Cavestani (angry resident)
Merritt Olsen (CAT scan technician)
William H. Faeth (doctor in Sam's room)
Joel Hile (deputy)
Tom Spratley (neighbour)
Jim Ishida (coroner)


Cinema Papers no.62 (March 1987) pp.54-55 – review
City Limits no.284 (12 March 1987) pp.27-28 – review
L'Écran Fantastique no.74 (November 1986) pp.14-16 – illustrated interview with Wes Craven
L'Écran Fantastique no.76 (January 1987) pp.10; 54-57 – review; illustrated article
Fangoria vol.7 no.68 (October 1987) p.19 – video review (The Video Eye of Dr. Cyclops)
Films and Filming no.391 (April 1987) pp.33-34 – credits, review
The Hollywood Reporter vol.294 no.8 (15 October 1986) pp.3, 15 – credits, review
The Listener vol.117 no.3003 (19 March 1987) p.32 – review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.54 no.639 (April 1987) pp.111-112 – credits, synopsis, review
Screen International no.538 (8 March 1986) p.19 – credits
Screen International no.591 (14 March 1987) p.23 – credits, review
Starburst no.104 (April 1987) p.14 – credits, review (by Alan Jones)
Time Out no.864 (11 March 1987) p.33 – review
Variety 19 February 1986 – credits
Variety 15 October 1986 p.30 – credits, review

The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.404
Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.117-118
Horror Films of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir pp.485-488 – credits, synopsis, review
The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia by Peter Dendle p.55-56