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Prelude to Halloween
459 Ratings

The Driller Killer

Directed by Abel Ferrara
United States, 1979
Drama, Horror, Thriller
  • English
  • English
Prelude to Halloween


An artist slowly goes insane while struggling to work on his paintings and care for his female roommates, which leads him taking to the streets of New York with a power drill.

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Our Prelude to Halloween series continues with this nearly uncategorizable horror film from Italian-American iconoclast Abel Ferrara. A mosaic of genres—a punk concert movie, a sex comedy, an avant-garde mood piece—The Driller Killer is an exacting portrait of artistic and financial anxiety.

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