Director: Wes Craven
Some bad movies are worth a look simply for the inadvertent laughs; Deadly Friend is so rotten that only 40 seconds of horror icon Wes Craven’s (The Hills Have Eyes, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream) silly debacle work on that level.
In perhaps the greatest cinematic use of a basketball, the movie’s villain, dead girl turned homicidal robot Samantha (Kristy Swanson), throws an orange roundball at Anne Ramsey, a.k.a. Mama Fratelli from The Goonies, causing her head to explode like a watermelon struck by a sledgehammer. Then, her body walks around the room like a drunken bar-rat trying to find an exit.
Delete the basketball-to-the-face scene from Deadly Friend and you’d be left with a horrifically acted and overly complicated marriage of horror and sci-fi.