The Driller Killer Reviews

September 15, 2020
More grindhouse than arthouse, The Driller Killer does have a striking ambience... If only the rest of the film could match these visceral moments.
April 11, 2018
Has some surprisingly strong performances, coupled with a vibe and attitude that's a great look into the gritty punk atmosphere of New York City at that time period.
December 20, 2016
you can see both Ferrara's strengths and weaknesses at play here, although some of the latter can be explained at least partially by marketplace demands for a low-budget genre film
November 28, 2016
a thematically dense, messily grounded film which, although about a drill, never bores - and there is nothing else quite like it.
May 30, 2010
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.
February 5, 2010
A corruscating tale of a mind liberated by psychosis
March 11, 2009
This 1979 budgeter takes up from the 70s grindhouse and precedes the flourishing horror-comedies of the 80s.
April 9, 2007
Worthwhile for admirers of Ferrara's overall portfolio; probably too slow and odd for those hoping for shallow splatter.
April 2, 2006
Only sporadically exhibits the skill and wit of [Ferrara's] scintillatingly skuzzy subsequent efforts.
November 7, 2005
Dystopic Punk-era Manhattan by Abel Ferrara - Very cool!
August 24, 2005
Okay slasher flick.
June 26, 2005
July 29, 2004
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.
June 24, 2004
I suspect that a viewer might also begin wielding a power drill if he or she had to sit through it too many times.