Death of the Day—Basketball to the Noggin in Wes Craven’s “Deadly Friend”

Not many movies have gone through the production hell that Wes Craven’s “Deadly Friend” faced. Ordered by Warner Bros. to add in extra gore and a brand new “shocking” ending, the finished film is a favorite of some fans while others cry out to see the original vision that Craven had in mind. While the final film may be a bit hit-or-miss, one thing is certain that everyone is sure to love. The death scene of nosy neighbor Elvira as she gets pummeled in the head with a basketball as her lifeless torso hits the ground spewing blood everywhere. It’s a hilariously gratuitous gore scene in the middle of a fairly serious horror drama. This movie is all sorts of weird and this death scene is just about the tip of the strangeness. I can’t say this death really fits in with the rest of the movie but at least it’s fun.