Wes Craven's "Deadly Friend" (archival 35mm print!)

A head-spinning sci-fi/horror hybrid featuring warm ‘n fuzzy robot sidekicks and one of the greatest head wounds ever captured on film, Deadly Friend sounds on paper like a mind-bogglingly convoluted Frankenstein-meets-Short Circuit-meets-John Hughes mishmash — and guess what: the end result is just as much fun as the preceding hyphenate implies! Fresh from the success of A Nightmare On Elm Street, Wes Craven stepped behind the camera to helm 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 homemade “Johnny 5”-like companion(!) into her body, breeding a superhuman corpulent killing machine!!!! Hunh? Exactly. Vacillating wildly from family-friendly comedy to gruesome R-rated gorefest, Deadly Friend is an absolute scream, one that benefits from the same brand of unpredictable gonzo exploitation touches Craven has also brought to fine works like The Hills Have Eyes and The People Under The Stairs. DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!
Dir. Wes Craven, 1986, 35mm, 91 min. (Archival 35mm print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive)

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