Deadly Friend

Director: Wes Craven Run Time: 91 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1986

Starring: Anne Twomey, Kristy Swanson, Matthew Labyorteaux, Michael Sharrett

THE DEUCE presents DEADLY FRIEND, a film that did its time on the Deuce at the HARRIS THEATRE where Deuce-Jockey-Jeff first saw it…on a date! He’s loved it ever since.

Plus: Prizes and surprises, Gaffel Kolsch at the after-party, and music by DJ BONES! Hosted and presented by THE DEUCE JOCKEYS: Jeff, Andy, and Joe! 

Elm Street meets E.T. as horror maven Wes Craven mines more of the the teen-terror vein – this time with a decidedly dorky twist and some bodacious basketball moves! Bad things start to happen for happy-go-lucky teen-genius neuroscience scholar Matthew Labyorteaux, when his artificial-intelligent robot-buddy “B.B.” runs into a bit of bad luck. And the bad only gets badder when new neighbor Kristy Swanson’s drunk of a dad’s dastardly deeds land disastrously on his doorstep…some people are better off dead!

Craven ramps up the camp into a kooky off-kilter tale of hormones and horror and friendship and frights, that doesn’t skimp on the chills and some choice moments of gleeful gore. Deadly Friend plays a deceptively light-hearted game, but with a demented undercurrent that flows darker than the circles under Kristy Swanson’s deadly-friended eyes…Beeeeee-Beeeee!

Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.
Complimentary drinks at the after-party courtesy of Gaffel Kolsch!

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