My online buddy Andy, who operates the blog TALIESIN MEETS THE VAMPIRES, has this recurring feature he calls “Vampire or Not” wherein he examines movies with vampire-like themes or characters and asks whether or not they ought to qualify as a true vampire film. This post here could be considered my own version of the same, although I will concede that DEADLY FRIEND, directed by legendary Horror director Wes Craven and released in 1986, is *not* vampiric in nature. It is in fact a Frankenstein movie if it’s anything, only with a shapely Kristy Swanson with a robot’s brain instead of a hulking monster with the brain of a murderer. But as it does explore the theme of resurrecting a person from the dead, it squeaks by my sporadically stringent standards.
I had never seen this one before. It’s one of those I’d always known about, and always known *what* it was about, but somehow had never managed to watch. The other night I plopped down on the ol’ sofa and subjected myself to it for the first time. Should you? By all means, if you love a good bad movie. For this is most assuredly a bad movie, and most assuredly a good one. It’s silly fun, worth a few chuckles, for the feeling of 80s nostalgia it evokes if for nothing else.
DEADLY FRIEND was Craven’s follow-up to a little movie you may have heard of, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. Supposedly it wasn’t a Horror movie in its original form, but then studio nitwits tampered with it. I’m glad they did. Too many cooks sure spoiled the dish with this one—in the tastiest way possible.