The Driller Killer is the feature length debut for maverick film maker Abel Ferrara. This instant 42nd Street "classic" was filmed over a two year period. Ferrara stars as Reno Miller (using the alias Jimmy Laine) a frustrated artist who shares a flophouse flat with two other women. Living in poverty and slowly going insane by his environment, Miller decides to relieve his frustrations out spending what little money he has on a port-o-pack electric drill and murder winos and other street creatures. Filled with a couple of nasty stomach churning set pieces and padded out to the extreme with music performances by a low rent punk band. Like the opening title says, play this movie LOUD!!
What makes this movie interesting is that the film is more of a visual time capsule. It shows a side of New York that has virtual disappeared. The poverty and sleaze hasn't gone by any means. Just a fresh coat of paint and a few litter collectors have moved in. But places like Max's and the 42nd Street movie houses have gone by the way of the dinosaur. Despite what people have said about this movie, Mr. Ferrara put a lot of his heart and soul into his feature film debut. Not a masterpiece by any means. Just a good start to a great film career. Followed by the underground classic Ms. 45.
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