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Abel Ferrara claims that half of this movie was shot in 1978 and the other half was shot in 1979. This explains why the actors hair styles and looks in general change quite frequently during the movie. See more »
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 »
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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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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