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The Driller Killer (1979)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  15 June 1979 (USA)
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An artist slowly goes insane while struggling to pay his bills, work on his paintings, and care for his two female roommates, which leads him taking to the streets of New York after dark and randomly killing derelicts with a power drill.

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Reno Miller (as Jimmy Laine)
Carolyn Marz ...
Carol Slaughter
Baybi Day ...
Pamela
Harry Schultz ...
Dalton Briggs
Alan Wynroth ...
Al the Landlord
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James O'Hara ...
Man in Church
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Stephen - Carol's Husband
Louis Mascolo ...
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Tommy Santora ...
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Rita Gooding ...
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An artist slowly loses his mind as he and his two female friends scrape to pay the bills. The punk band downstairs increasingly agitates him, his art dealer is demanding that he complete his big canvas painting as promised, and he gets into fights with his girlfriends. When the dealer laughs at his canvas he snaps, and begins taking it out on the people responsible for his pain and random transients in the manner suggested by the title. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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The blood runs in rivers... The drill keeps on drilling See more »

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15 June 1979 (USA)  »

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$20,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Could have easily escaped the UK 'video nasty' list if the original pre-VRA video cover wasn't so graphic. it featured a very bloody close-up of a drill boring into a man's head with lots of blood. The video cover was featured in video catalogues and received many complaints. See more »

Goofs

In one scene, the killer is drilling into the head of a victim at a bus stop with a cordless power drill. In the next scene, he's running down the street with a cord dangling from his drill. See more »

Quotes

Reno Miller: Oh, so it's finished? Thank you. It's finished... Since when did you become such an expert on painting? I mean, you're telling me it's finished? What do you know about painting, anyway? Really, what do you know about paint? I'll tell you what you know about paint, man: you don't know nothing about paint, man. You know what you know about? You know about how to bitch and how to eat and how to bitch and how to shit and how to bitch! But you don't know nothing about paint, so don't tell me when ...
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Movie opens with message "THIS FILM SHOULD BE PLAYED LOUD." See more »

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Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J. S. Bach)
Performed by Joe Delia (as Joseph Delia)
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This Film Should Be Played Loud
20 October 2007 | by (Satan's Colon) – See all my reviews

THE DRILLER KILLER is one of those movies that seems to have achieved cult status not so much because it is well done (because it isn't), but because it has a style and theme that makes it interesting and fun to watch. Similar to later independent movies like CLERKS and SLACKER, this is an early work of Abel Ferrara that explores the struggles and angst of the young adult population in New York City with an angry intensity and sarcastic sense of humor. It is, in many ways, a punk rock movie from the earlier days of punk rock.

It follows Reno Miller (Abel Ferrara), a struggling painter who is working on a painting of a buffalo. Irate at every moment in the movie, making snide (and hilarious) comments throughout, he gets into arguments with just about everyone he encounters. He owes money all over town, including to known landlords and utilities companies, and that's cool, that's cool, but he needs money. His two roommates, Carol (Carolyn Marz) and Pamela (Baybi Day) both spend his money, cover his bills, and take rather erotic showers together. Meanwhile, a punk rock band moves in next door, and they spend most of their time either partying or practicing, which disrupts Reno's attempts to get the all-important painting completed. Throughout all of this, images of blood and drills appear over and over again, until Reno finally snaps and starts murdering homeless people with a cordless drill.

This movie is available on DVD in many different forms, apparently falling into the public domain. It can be found online for free; it is also a part of the Mill Creek "Chilling Classics" 50 movie boxed set. Other versions that may or may not be of better quality are out there, but this is a relatively decent flick available for very, very cheap no matter where you might pick it up.


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