The Driller Killer

It’s icky, drippy and grindingly gross — and will make your forehead itch — but Abel Ferrara’s Bowery-set dime store horror opus has withstood the test of time. It’s a decent enough psychodrama, if one can set aside all the psychological-philosophical booshwah that’s leaked into horror criticism. Oops, Savant’s guilty of that too.

The Driller Killer

Blu-ray + DVD

Arrow Video

1979 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 101, 96 min. / Street Date December 13, 2017 / 39.95

Starring Abel Ferrara, Carolyn Marz, Baybi Day, Harry Schultz, Alan Wynroth

Cinematography Ken Kelsch, Jimmy Spears

Film Editor Jimmy Laine, Orlando Gallini

Original Music Joe Delia

Written by N.G. St. John

Produced by Rochelle Weisberg

Directed by Abel Ferrara

As some may have noticed, I’ve mellowed on the output of low-budget and independent horror efforts from the 1970s. While I was in film school bending my own tastes toward high production values and artistic merit, some crazy young filmmakers,
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