2.5* a flim-flammy flashdance of death, I think this guy is a big wuss... When I feel like I have the world up my *ss, which is quite often, I just say antisocial things underneath my breath... I don't like saying these things but I'm sure I'd dislike myself much more if I killed a bunch of homeless people with a drill...moving on,,,
Violent vulgar exploitation or subversive arthouse horror? Somewhere in the middle most likely. Like the bastard son of A Clockwork Orange & Taxi Driver, Ferrara channels artistic pressure in seedy New York into a killing, drilling frenzy. Ferrara directs with haphazard immediacy befitting of Reno's insanity without the narrative coherency. Driller Killer exists as a repulsive meditation on artist & 1970s America.
The first film from Abel Ferrara is a typical mix of sleaze and violence, with the addition of an annoying soundtrack to help viewers understand the mindset of the central character. Notorious, crude, irritating, and not without some decent, but heavy-handed, commentary.
The Driller Killer. What a title for a horror movie. Very realistic. NOT!! Although i did jump a bit with the killings in this movie, the overall film as a whole was not that impressive. The wake of late 70's early 80's horror films like Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, etc. The knock off films trying to replicate those franchises need a lot of help. The acting when someone gets killed is not great. wouldn't see..
The Driller Killer is the crude, shoe-stringed budgeted directorial debut by the one and only Abel Ferrara. Alternating from gory lo-fi slasher film, to 70s punk scene artifact, to, most of all, a tense character study on the pressures & neuroses of being a troubled artist; Abel Ferrera throws everything against the wall and a great deal of it sticks; even his own wacky performance as the titular driller killer.
Man, this is garbage man. Just an utter piece of crap maannnnnn.... If you like trash man, this is cool for you man ... but my hamster mannn ,,,he ould make a better piece film mannnnnn. Utter rubbish. Put your head in a blender and watch your brains spin - you'll get more kicks than this tosh.
There's a scene about halfway through with a shot of the drill just sitting on a shelf, seemingly watching Ferrara's character with evil intent. If anything this scene has even more power than the hypnotically violent murder-rampages later in the film. What a fucking nasty looking drill...
Abel Ferrara's first feature length film. And it is indeed pretty damned amateurish in most ways. This is most reflected in Ferrara himself starring in the main role. He's quite horrible and annoying... and the worst actor. Combine this was some truly terrible music and... ugh. Too bad, because the random bum murders are the best parts of the film. And the ending... give me a break.
The Driller Killer has Repulsion's slow burn of collapsing sanity and carries the sleazy, shitbox atmosphere of NYC before it was taken over by yuppies, akin to Taxi Driver. It lacks Scorsese's knack for dramatic pacing and both film's deeper and more resonant themes. Ferrara would go on to make more masterful films, starting with his next, Ms.45, but this is equally as underrated by some as it's overrated by others.
Honestly, this movie hurt to watch. It's supposed to be a metaphor for the dive into insanity but it comes off as a cheap slasher interlaced with seemingly random scenes of "metaphors." Saw II utilizes more technique in both writing and production, go watch that instead.