The Driller Killer (1979)
Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 10
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 3
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Release Date: Jan 1, 1979 Wide
Average Rating: 2.7/5
User Ratings: 5,112
Iconoclastic filmmaker Abel Ferrara made his directorial debut with this gory but fascinating horror tale about a troubled artist (played by Jimmy Laine, aka Abel Ferrara). Haunted by bizarre hallucinations and the fear he'll end up a wino like his father, the artist eventually snaps and begins taking out his frustrations on a growing number of homeless people, attacking them with a power drill. In time, his violent obsessions get worse and he begins attacking people closer to him, including an
Jan 1, 1979 Wide
Dec 21, 1999
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In a lot of very important ways, the film is stiff and clumsy... there is one way in which the film is kind of brilliant: its depiction of the New York punk scene.
This 1979 budgeter takes up from the 70s grindhouse and precedes the flourishing horror-comedies of the 80s.
Worthwhile for admirers of Ferrara's overall portfolio; probably too slow and odd for those hoping for shallow splatter.
Only sporadically exhibits the skill and wit of [Ferrara's] scintillatingly skuzzy subsequent efforts.
Dystopic Punk-era Manhattan by Abel Ferrara - Very cool!
Okay slasher flick.
There's a grim, grimy and rather unsettling vibe to the thing; this is not the sort of horror movie where you "root" for the oft-maligned misfit.
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