Doug Benson's Movie Interruption: Wes Craven's "Deadly Friend"

The next installment of Doug Benson’s Movie Interruption, where Doug and his friends (who, in the past, have included everyone from Brian Posehn to Sarah Silverman and Zach Galifianakis) chill on the front row couches, mics in hand, and say whatever hilarious thing pops into their heads while a movie of their choosing unfolds on the screen. The second of Doug’s two October horror selections: possibly the strangest Wes Craven film of all! A head-spinning sci-fi/horror hybrid, Deadly Friend sounds on paper like a mind-bogglingly convoluted Frankenstein-meets-Short Circuit-meets-John Hughes mishmash — and guess what, IT IS! And, man, it is quite a ride. Vacillating wildly from family-friendly teen comedy to gruesome R-rated gorefest, this is the elastic tale of Paul, a teen genius who pines for the girl next door (Kristy Swanson, Buffy The Vampire Slayer) — a girl that ends up braindead ‘cuz her abusive father pushed her down the stairs. Thanks to his extensive knowledge of cybernetics(!), Paul transplants the brain of his warm ‘n fuzzy homemade robot companion(!) into her body, breeding a superhuman corpulent killing machine!!!! Hunh? Exactly. Not only is Deadly Friend a total scream, but Doug & Co. have never had such a wide-open field of cinematic weirdness in which to quip away! DO NOT MISS THIS ONE.
Dir. Wes Craven, 1986, 35mm, 91 min. (Archival 35mm print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive)

Watch the trailer for “Deadly Friend”!
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