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Friend: An Idea Expanded by Dawson Joyce; Based on the Novel by Diana Henstell and a Screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin

THE BACKSTORY: My introduction to Wes Craven's 1986 film Deadly Friend was in the year 2010, when I saw James Rolfe's compilation of cinematic head explosions on his website Cinemassacre. One particular clip came from that film, where an old lady – played by Anne Ramsey, best known for her performances as Mama Fratelli in The Goonies and Momma Lift in Throw Momma from the Train – had her head exploded by, of all things, a basketball, thrown at her by Kristy Swanson, the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It ended up sticking with me for a long time. I …

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