Welcome to installment numero tres in my recurring series here at Horror Squad: Death Scenes We Love. In previous entries I've highlighted some classic sequences from Lucio Fulci's City of the Living Dead and Ryuhei Kitamura's Japanese action/zombie flick Versus. For this entry, I figured it was time to go domestic with a death scene featured in a flick made right here in the good ol' US of A. My options were numerous, but after a lot of thought I decided to go with this amazing clip from Wes Craven's otherwise forgettable 1986 film, Deadly Friend.

Deadly Friend is a schizophrenic movie, thanks primarily to studio interefrence in post-production. The executives at Warner Bros. weren't entirely thrilled with Craven's understated and slightly macabre teenage take on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, so they forced the director and screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin to create new sequences with the mandate that they each be more bloody than the last. On the one hand, this demand on the studio's part guaranteed Deadly Friend's inclusion in my series. Unfortunately, it almost assuredly ruined the film in the process. Craven has spoken about these issues at length (in John Kenneth Muir's Wes Craven: The Art of Horror and Brian Robb's Screams & Nightmares: The Films of Wes Craven--I recommend both books heartily for fans of Craven's unique brand of horror cinema), so I'll not dwell on them here.

Click the "read more" button to learn more about Deadly Friend and get a full look at one of its most infamous death scenes.
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