Independent New York filmmaker Abel Ferrara became best-known for his low-budget, shockingly violent films that explore the roughest parts of the Big Apple and the darkest reaches of the human soul, with films such as China Girl (1987), his unique version of Romeo and Juliet, generating a devoted following. Ferrara was born in the Bronx, but spent most of his childhood in Peekskill, NY, where he met the two young men who would eventually become his primary screenwriter (Nicholas St. John) and occasional consultant (John McIntyre). As boys, they would play around with 8 mm cameras. In the mid-‘70s, the three reunited and founded Navaron Films, where they produced an adult film. In 1979, they released their most notorious film, Driller Killer, for which Ferrara starred, edited, and wrote the songs under the pseudonym Jimmie Laine. In this movie, a young man goes berserk and begins killing vagrants with a portable power drill. Ferrara continued making low-budget shockers until the late… read more
Tired of "gritty" and "pornographic" being used to describe his work. His are the films of a human being, compassionate, deeply emotional, an artist ceaselessly struggling to grasp eternity and understand his fellow man. Few auteurs have maintained such a radical and deeply felt filmography. One of the Greats.
A porno, some exploitation flicks, a cheesy remake, two of the worst films ever made (for me at least, but judging from the records I'm not alone). This leads me to say that one of the worst crimes of french and american film critics (patting each other on the backs in the process) was to paint this as the image of rogue filmmaker with plenty to say. Wrong