Review: Deadly Friend (1986)

When you have a monster you’re supposed to empathize with, the charisma of the actor is vital. That’s why Dracula’s Daughter is so much better than Son of Dracula. Case in point: Deadly Friend. It’s two great tastes that taste great together: 80s wacky robot movie meets Gothic ghost story, where a teen wunderkind resurrects his cute next door neighbor with a microchip after her abusive dad kills her.

Everything about it is perfect — except the female lead, the titular Deadly Friend, who plays the pre-death Samantha too wooden and the cyborg zombie Samantha not wooden (or alien)…



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John Ohno

Resident hypertext crank. Author of Big and Small Computing: Trajectories for the Future of Software.