The Driller Killer Reviews

  • Feb 21, 2020

    Story of a talented artist going down the tubes and starts killing people with a drill as his relationship fall apart and he descends into madness and failure. This movie is perfectly summed up by the characters - utter messes that drag everything down with them; and in the case of the bands, never became anything. While interesting in premise, it's executed so poorly that the only way to watch it is with your finger on the fast forward button. There's just one cut after another skipping between scenes that move the plot along, nonsense scenes, and way too long cuts of horrible bands. The acting is bad 50% of the time, and you can tell that the director's sense of plot development came 100% from his experience making 70's era cheap porn movies. In the end, I'm just left with a cautionary tale that demonstrates that living the 'free spirit' lives of a new york artist is a sad descent into obscurity and self destruction - and that porn directors should leave real cinema to people with talent.

    Story of a talented artist going down the tubes and starts killing people with a drill as his relationship fall apart and he descends into madness and failure. This movie is perfectly summed up by the characters - utter messes that drag everything down with them; and in the case of the bands, never became anything. While interesting in premise, it's executed so poorly that the only way to watch it is with your finger on the fast forward button. There's just one cut after another skipping between scenes that move the plot along, nonsense scenes, and way too long cuts of horrible bands. The acting is bad 50% of the time, and you can tell that the director's sense of plot development came 100% from his experience making 70's era cheap porn movies. In the end, I'm just left with a cautionary tale that demonstrates that living the 'free spirit' lives of a new york artist is a sad descent into obscurity and self destruction - and that porn directors should leave real cinema to people with talent.

  • Jun 04, 2019

    I love this movie, a classic horror film by Abel Ferrara with good practical effects, great soundtrack and characters.

    I love this movie, a classic horror film by Abel Ferrara with good practical effects, great soundtrack and characters.

  • Aug 27, 2018

    Abel Ferrara's first film, well, what can we say, that the film is a catastrophe, the script very poorly developed, scenes from a punk band that take forever (this mainly in the uncut version), but, well, if we take this and remember that it was the first film of Abel Ferrara (Because the other films he had directed were porn movies), is an interesting relic for those who like trash movies, do not have a great expectation. Well the highlight of the movie is certainly the murder scenes, which are slow and well detailed. My final opinion, film more or less, meaningless ending, but very well done and psychedelic murder scenes.

    Abel Ferrara's first film, well, what can we say, that the film is a catastrophe, the script very poorly developed, scenes from a punk band that take forever (this mainly in the uncut version), but, well, if we take this and remember that it was the first film of Abel Ferrara (Because the other films he had directed were porn movies), is an interesting relic for those who like trash movies, do not have a great expectation. Well the highlight of the movie is certainly the murder scenes, which are slow and well detailed. My final opinion, film more or less, meaningless ending, but very well done and psychedelic murder scenes.

  • Dec 25, 2017

    baby, this movie stinks!

    baby, this movie stinks!

  • Oct 24, 2016

    a horror film that's more gory than scary but does show a struggling artist's descent into madness trying to make a good canvas while also making meets end is tough enough but for Reno he's doing his best although considering how he was raised and doesn't take criticism lightly he goes over the edge his mind starts playing tricks on him forcing him to pick up a power drill slaying homeless people on the street not only that but he starts going after all those who wronged him from his gf to an art critic to an old flame of his gf it's hard to like anybody here considering how much they bicker at one another but there's blood a plenty to distract from that and this was the late 70's so it does feel like proper exploitation the portrayal of the NY punk rockees is nailed down very well to say the least nobody likes it when their art isn't appreciated, poor Reno falls ill to many of his failures turning him into the driller killer

    a horror film that's more gory than scary but does show a struggling artist's descent into madness trying to make a good canvas while also making meets end is tough enough but for Reno he's doing his best although considering how he was raised and doesn't take criticism lightly he goes over the edge his mind starts playing tricks on him forcing him to pick up a power drill slaying homeless people on the street not only that but he starts going after all those who wronged him from his gf to an art critic to an old flame of his gf it's hard to like anybody here considering how much they bicker at one another but there's blood a plenty to distract from that and this was the late 70's so it does feel like proper exploitation the portrayal of the NY punk rockees is nailed down very well to say the least nobody likes it when their art isn't appreciated, poor Reno falls ill to many of his failures turning him into the driller killer

  • Oct 23, 2016

    con esa música punk tan horrible yo también mato.

    con esa música punk tan horrible yo también mato.

  • Jan 23, 2016

    I liked this. The acting wasn't always great but the story line, the cinematography and the black humour were fun. I loved the end too. Inventive. I also loved the band and the lead Tony Coca Cola.

    I liked this. The acting wasn't always great but the story line, the cinematography and the black humour were fun. I loved the end too. Inventive. I also loved the band and the lead Tony Coca Cola.

  • Jun 08, 2015

    thought I was watching a 70s era horror film, instead I get a lot of scenes ,and I mean A LOT of scenes, where New York punk bands play really bad music. In the end the best thing about the film was its title

    thought I was watching a 70s era horror film, instead I get a lot of scenes ,and I mean A LOT of scenes, where New York punk bands play really bad music. In the end the best thing about the film was its title

  • May 11, 2015

    Driller Killer is yet another guilty pleasure of mine when it comes to cinema. This slasher was Ferarra's debut in 1979. It was aloof enough from the conventional exploitation slasher to define a name of its own, and eventually lead Ferarra to directing such masterpieces as the unflinching "Bad Lieutenant" with Harvey Keitel at its best hardly a decade later. With its often inventive, raw and unpolished cinematography, idiosyncratic editing and sound design, along with its loosely tied story--an intimate look into struggling art culture, punk culture, and NY bum culture. Add all around competent acting, especially from Ferarra himself who is as capable a rabid actor as he his a director, and this public domain exploitation flick should spell "underrated" instead of "unrated" on its cover. What makes me consider Abel was much more... "able" and intelligent in his approach to this so-called video nasty than many would imagine to give credit for is one particular segment where Reno's art dealer comments on his latest painting: "Where's the impact?! It's just a goddamn buffalo! This is nothing like your other work [...] Reno, the worst thing that can happen to a painter is happening to you, you're simply a technician!" Perhaps this is a cleverly translated self-reference Ferarra coded in as commentary on his own flick: "Abel, this is just a goddamn silly slasher! This is nothing like your other work will be, just a high-octane entertaining precursor to masterpieces which will follow. Abel, this is what they say the worst thing that can happen to you as a filmmaker... you're just a technician using your brush strokes to paint a senseless slasher flick! But I'm going to let it indulge in all of its self-absorbed gory glory." Abel knew the kind of film he was making, and its apparent self-aware nature helps it jump the genre's stiffest hurdle. It is exploitative, gory, unabashedly shameless and above all morally apprehensible in many ways. But the ease in which it is executed--acted, directed and pieced together--puts it on a pedestal to where it can easily laugh at its gory exploitation peers like the sick joke without a punchline "Cannibal Holocaust," modern examples like the "Saw" franchise, and even earlier exploitation "classics" as "Blood Feast." I dare say it even supersedes other low budget trashy horror cult classics as "The Evil Dead." Filled with self-aware glaring flaws, Driller Killer is a scatter-shot film. It is miles from cinematic perfection, but God I freakin' love it for its oddball merits, and it marks the debut of a historically important director.

    Driller Killer is yet another guilty pleasure of mine when it comes to cinema. This slasher was Ferarra's debut in 1979. It was aloof enough from the conventional exploitation slasher to define a name of its own, and eventually lead Ferarra to directing such masterpieces as the unflinching "Bad Lieutenant" with Harvey Keitel at its best hardly a decade later. With its often inventive, raw and unpolished cinematography, idiosyncratic editing and sound design, along with its loosely tied story--an intimate look into struggling art culture, punk culture, and NY bum culture. Add all around competent acting, especially from Ferarra himself who is as capable a rabid actor as he his a director, and this public domain exploitation flick should spell "underrated" instead of "unrated" on its cover. What makes me consider Abel was much more... "able" and intelligent in his approach to this so-called video nasty than many would imagine to give credit for is one particular segment where Reno's art dealer comments on his latest painting: "Where's the impact?! It's just a goddamn buffalo! This is nothing like your other work [...] Reno, the worst thing that can happen to a painter is happening to you, you're simply a technician!" Perhaps this is a cleverly translated self-reference Ferarra coded in as commentary on his own flick: "Abel, this is just a goddamn silly slasher! This is nothing like your other work will be, just a high-octane entertaining precursor to masterpieces which will follow. Abel, this is what they say the worst thing that can happen to you as a filmmaker... you're just a technician using your brush strokes to paint a senseless slasher flick! But I'm going to let it indulge in all of its self-absorbed gory glory." Abel knew the kind of film he was making, and its apparent self-aware nature helps it jump the genre's stiffest hurdle. It is exploitative, gory, unabashedly shameless and above all morally apprehensible in many ways. But the ease in which it is executed--acted, directed and pieced together--puts it on a pedestal to where it can easily laugh at its gory exploitation peers like the sick joke without a punchline "Cannibal Holocaust," modern examples like the "Saw" franchise, and even earlier exploitation "classics" as "Blood Feast." I dare say it even supersedes other low budget trashy horror cult classics as "The Evil Dead." Filled with self-aware glaring flaws, Driller Killer is a scatter-shot film. It is miles from cinematic perfection, but God I freakin' love it for its oddball merits, and it marks the debut of a historically important director.

  • Feb 25, 2015

    Movie about a poor artist in New York City who goes mental with a drill. I liked the atmosphere and setting, but was bored by the plot.

    Movie about a poor artist in New York City who goes mental with a drill. I liked the atmosphere and setting, but was bored by the plot.