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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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Blu-ray Review: I Spit on Your Grave 3: Vengeance is Mine

As usual, when it was announced that I Spit On Your Grave was being remade, the internet moaned, whined and complained. That is, until the movie was released, and it was met with mostly positive reactions, at least from its target audience. Some have tried to make the argument that this reboot is pure exploitation, to which I say “duh.” However, so was the original, and no amount of circular logic will change that. Even more shocking was that a sequel to the remake was released, and it was pretty damn good as well. So it is possible that my expectations for the second sequel, I Spit On Your Grave 3: Vengeance is Mine may have been a tad unrealistic. Be that as it may, I still pride myself on my ability to view a movie objectively, without letting much of the marketing or hype influence my opinion of the final product.
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The Noteworthy: Twin Peaks 2016, Friedkin in the Closet, "And the Other Way is Wrong"

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Above: there is no news this week more monumental than that of the return of Twin Peaks. In 2016, we'll have nine new episodes, all directed by David Lynch. The 72nd issue of Senses of Cinema is now online, and amidst a plethora of content, features an amazing dossier on "one of the true legends of Australian screen culture," John Flaus. Also included is a piece by Tony McKibbin on a new Alain Robbe-Grillet box set—and in Mubi Us, we're currently hosting a retrospective on the Robbe-Grillet featuring Trans-Europ-Express, L'immortelle, Eden and After, and Successive Slidings of Pleasure. Writing for Reverse Shot, Adam Nayman offers his two cents on Mia Hansen-Love's Eden:

"Time is a weapon in the movies of Mia Hansen-Løve. The gaping narrative holes in the middles of All Is Forgiven, The Father of My Children, and Goodbye First Love are exit wounds,
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Grimmfest 2014 Review – Julia (2014)

Julia, 2014.

Directed by Matthew A. Brown.

Starring Ashley C. Williams, Tahyna Tozzi, Jack Noseworthy and Ryan Cooper.

Synopsis:

A neon-noir revenge thriller centering on Julia Shames, who after suffering a brutal trauma, falls prey to an unorthodox form of therapy to restore herself.

In the vein of infamous rape-revenge fantasies such as I Spit on Your Grave and Ms. 45 comes Julia, the first feature-length production from writer and director Matthew A. Brown and one whose synopsis will be off-putting to many of the movie-going public. The overarching question of movies dealing with the subject of rape and its aftermath is whether not they have something to say or if it’s merely an act used to fill in the blank of character motivation, and to his credit Matthew Brown does dig deeper than your average 70s exploitation movie.

Emerging in slow motion from a New York subway and set
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Director Abel Ferrara Talks Pasolini, Shooting the Late Italian Filmmaker’s Unfinished Scripts, Body Snatchers, and the Chances for Driller Killer 2

Packing a voice that’s sounds like a New York accent filtered through gravel and a filmmaking resume comprised exclusively of uncompromising darkness, Abel Ferrara is a pretty intimidating provocateur. He’s also a genuine artist who sprung from the exploitation movie marketplace with art film aspirations and now brings a little of the old grit with him to art house fare. HIs career began with self-explanatory shock titles like Driller Killer and Ms. 45, then matured through the likes of King of New York, Bad Lieutenant, and The Addiction. These days, his hair is white and his wrinkles have wrinkles, but the work remains just as incendiary and he’s more productive than ever. Ferrara’s last film Welcome to New York just premiered at Cannes and now his latest film Pasolini has come to this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. As the title suggests, it’s about
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Fantasia Film Fest announces full line-up

Following previous announcements of their film lineup, the Fantasia International Film Festival has released their full lineup of movies to be shown at the 18th Annual festival, starting July 17.

New additions to the lineup include 2014 Cannes Selection When Animals Dream, directed by Jonas Alexander Amby and the return of Fantasia’s showcase of animated films, Axis.

Tickets for the festival go on sale starting July 16, and the festival runs through August 5.

View the whole press release of additional announcements below:

Fantasia Celebrates Its 18th Birthday

With Over 160 Feature Films Montreal, Thursday July 10, 2014 – 2014 is the year that Fantasia turns 18. We can’t believe it either. Fantasia’s 18th birthday means over 160 features and something in the neighborhood of 300 shorts, many being shown for the first time on this continent, a good number screening here for the first time anywhere in the world.In addition to being stacked with a multitude of breathtaking debut filmmaker discoveries,
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Film4 FrightFest's Amazing 2014 Line-up Announced! New Images Revealed!

The line-up for this year's Film4 FrightFest in London has just been announced – and boy, is it a doozy! Sporting a record-breaking 38 UK/European premieres and 11 world premieres, this August is going to be an exciting time in the genre calendar.

Check it all out right here, including lots of new images!

This year Film4 FrightFest will be moving from its previous home at Leicester Square's Empire Cinema to the nearby Vue Cinema (also on Leicester Square), prompting an ingenious reshuffle of the screening arrangements.

All main screen films will be presented at different times across three different screens, with two extra screens reserved for single-slot screenings of the various films hitting this year's Discovery Screens.

Here's the full list of goodies:

Main Screens (5, 6, 7)

Thursday Aug 21

Opening Night Film - The Guest (UK Premiere)

Director: Adam Wingard. Cast: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser. USA 2014. 99 mins.
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Frightfest 2014 – Full Line-up Announced

Film4 FrightFest 2014, returning for its 15th year, unveils its biggest line-up ever. From Thurs 21 August to Monday 25 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will be at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, to present sixty-four films plus twenty shorts across five screens. There are sixteen countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-eight UK or European premieres and eleven world premieres.

Are you ready for a monstrous and memorable mayhem of killer claws, cannibalism, cult classics, murderous musicals, chiller thrillers, graphic novel action and sick celluloid masterpieces? Then prepare yourself for the biggest, strongest and most eclectic must-see programme in Film4 FrightFest’s history.

From the opening night turbo-driven thrill-ride The Guest to the UK premiere of the closing night mesmeric sci-fi fantasy The Signal, FrightFest has netted the latest works from genre big-hitters such as Eli Roth (The Green Inferno), Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins (Show
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Abel Ferrara coming to Fantasia Fest in second wave of programming

The 18th Fantasia International Film Festival’s second lineup of films was unveiled Thursday, and it features the closing night film on August 5, Welcome to New York directed by Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, Ms. 45).

Ferrara will be present to talk about his latest film, starring Gérard Depardieu and Jacqueline Bisset. The film was received with warm reviews after appearing out of competition at Cannes and at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The Fantasia Film Fest runs July 17 to August 5 in Montreal, and the full lineup of films, in addition to the ones already announced, will be released July 10.

View the whole press release of second wave lineup announcements below.

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Fantasia Announces Second Wave

Of 2014 Programming Montreal, Thursday June 26, 2014 – Following last week’s first wave of programming announcements, the Fantasia International Film Festival is proud to unveil additional highlights to rev you up for our July 10th Press Conference, where
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10 Movies Where God Was The Villain

Paramount Pictures

When we think of God, in particular the Judeo-Christian God, the traditional image conjured up is often that of some kindly old gent, one who probably carries Werther’s Originals around with him. He wears white robes, has a lustrous white mane of hair and a righteous beard to match. He’s omnipotent, wise, serene, and important enough to be the only Simpsons character to warrant a fifth finger.

This God is the man, but he’s cool enough not to make a big deal of it. There are some representations of God in cinema, however, that don’t match up with this typical vision. When going against the grain, gods of the movies can be antagonistic, kill-happy and downright rude. These aren’t the gods that anyone was praying to when it was time for Sunday service.

Bad guys who also happen to be of the divine
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‘Maleficent’ Review: Angelina Jolie Helps Flip the Script, ‘Wicked'- Style (Video)

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‘Maleficent’ Review: Angelina Jolie Helps Flip the Script, ‘Wicked'- Style (Video)
With “Maleficent,” we may be getting the closest Disney will ever come to “Ms. 45,” Abel Ferrara's bloody cult favorite about a woman (Zoë Tamerlis Lund) hunting down and murdering the men who raped her. At the same time, it carries on in the “Frozen” tradition (no doubt coincidentally, since both films were in production at the same time) of liberating two-dimensional storybook characters from their shackles and allowing them to be as emotionally rich, heroic, and independent as their male counterparts. The premise of turning the memorably wicked witch from “Sleeping Beauty” into a protagonist might seem like a.
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The Noteworthy: Michael Glawogger (1959 - 2014), Images, Godzilla

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Austrian director Michael Glawogger has tragically died at the age of 54 while shooting in Africa. For more on this brilliant director and his working method read Daniel Kasman's interview from Venice about Glawogger's last film, Whores' Glory (2011). Mubi Us is in the middle of a 30-day run of the director's Workingman's Death (2005).

Above: Omar Ahmed's brief video essay on Michael Mann's Thief. For Cinema Scope Online, Kiva Reardon writes on the Images Festival:

"Offering streaming links to almost their entire programme, the festival can be consumed from a couch, in sporadic order and with no regard for curatorial intent, which beggars the question: Is a collection of Vimeo links really a film festival? Should this sound like an ontological foray into digital existence, apologies, but the issue is not going away; Hot Docs likewise offers a multitude of link-based screeners to accredited journalists. It is a less than
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'Ms. 45' New York City Featurette | Exclusive

'Ms. 45' New York City Featurette | Exclusive
We have an exclusive clip from the Blu-ray bonus features of the 1981 female vigilante flick Ms. 45, which is being released from Drafthouse Films, and is in stores now! A notorious cult favorite, the gritty, gore-filled New York revenge thriller follows a mute Garment District seamstress, played by the late model/actress/musician/screenwriter Zo&#235 Lund (18-years-old at the time), who, after falling victim to multiple rape attacks, unleashes a one-woman homicidal rampage against Gotham's male population. This featurette contains an interview from creative consultant Jack McIntyre about the gritty, pre-Disneyfication of New York City shown at that time in the film. Check it out, and then be sure to pick up the Blu-ray soon.

Ms. 45 was released December 13th, 2013 and stars Zoë Lund, Albert Sinkys, Darlene Stuto, Helen McGara, Nike Zachmanoglou, Abel Ferrara, Peter Yellen, Editta Sherman. The film is directed by Abel Ferrara.
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Win Ms. 45 on Blu-ray and the Soundtrack on Vinyl

The lovable loonies at Drafthouse Films are doing a great job of bringing some really obscure little titles to a new generation of viewers, and right now we have your chance to score a copy of Ms. 45 and more on us!

To enter for your chance to win the film on Blu-ray along with a copy of the soundtrack on vinyl, just send us an E-mail Here including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.

Please note this contest ends at 12:01 Am Pt on Monday, April 14, 2014.

Drafthouse Films, in conjunction with Cinedigm, released a restored and remastered editions of Ms. 45, legendary director Abel Ferrara’s gritty, gore-filled New York revenge thriller on March 25th.

Synopsis:

From director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, King of New York), Ms. 45 was originally released in 1981 and quickly became a notorious cult favorite, an eye-opening study of a seamy,
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Win a Ms. 45 Blu-ray & Record, Watch an Exclusive Clip

With the arrival of Ms. 45 on Blu-ray and DVD, we have a special giveaway for you. Score yourself a copy of the Blu and a copy of the soundtrack on vinyl courtesy of Drafthouse Films and Death Waltz Records. How do you score one? E-mail us here and we'll draw a name at random next Tuesday and alert you if you've won!

The post Win a Ms. 45 Blu-ray & Record, Watch an Exclusive Clip appeared first on Shock Till You Drop.
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Exclusive: A Nun With A Gun Gets Ready To Kill In Clip From Abel Ferrara's Restored 'Ms. 45'

Prior to making "Ms. 45," among the works of Abel Ferrara was the horror "The Driller Killer" and the porno, "9 Lives Of A Wet Pussy," so the expectation might be that a movie about a mute, meek young woman who gets raped and then exacts revenge on the world around might not be tasteful. But you'd be wrong. The wide-eyed and lovely Zoë Lund leads the film, and yes, she is assaulted and the movie tracks her plans to achieve justice. But what might surprise you is that "Ms. 45," which is definitely a piece of '80s sleaze, is also carefully and considerately shot, with a deep respect for the lead character of Thana, and keen sense of pacing and tension building which pays off satisfyingly. And as you'll see in this exclusive clip, Ferrara has a lot of fun in the movie teasing the audience, while playing with provocative imagery.
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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #69. Abel Ferrara’s Welcome to New York

Welcome to New York

Director: Abel Ferrara

Writers: Abel Ferrara, Christ Zois

Producer: Belladonna ProductionsAdam Folk

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Gerard Depardieu, Jacqueline Bisset, Maria Di Angelis

While its source material needs little introduction, what’s perhaps most exciting is that this is Ferrara’s highest profile project in about two decades (his 1981 sophomore feature, Ms. 45 is just now seeing a much needed re-release). Ferrara seems hip to the momentum, now gathering resources to film a highly anticipated Pasolini biopic starring Willem Dafoe as his latest nears theatrical release, but his loaded gun is this Strauss-Kahn treatment, a snapshot of dangerous reptile and told by a filmmaker with an unprecedented knack for documenting the underbelly of New York City.

Gist: A look at the rise and controversial fall of French economist and former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Release Date: While this was
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Ms. 45

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 25, 2014

Price: DVD $27.95, Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Drafthouse/Cinedigm

Zoë Tamerlis has a habit for revenge in Ms. 45.

From the inimitably ferocious New York filmmaker Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, 4:44 Last Day on Earth) comes his notorious 1981 crime thriller Ms. 45.

The film follows a mute Garment District seamstress played by the late model/actress/musician/screenwriter Zoë Lund (then known, at age 18, as Zoë Tamerlis ) who, after falling victim to multiple unspeakable rapes, unleashes a one-woman homicidal rampage against Gotham’s male population.

A grindhouse favorite that struck a chord with those who grooved on the vigilante aspect of the film in a then crime-ridden New York City, Ms. 45 quickly became a notorious cult favorite, an eye-opening study of a seamy, sticky, pre-Disney-fication Manhattan..

Regarded as a uniquely feminist entry in the urban revenge subgenre, Ms. 45 combines the rampaging angst of Death Wish and
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The Visitor and Ms. 45 Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

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Drafthouse Films has announced that they will be releasing both The Visitor and Ms. 45 to Blu-ray & DVD in March:

“Drafthouse Films, in conjunction with Cinedigm (Nasdaq: Cidm), will bring two of its recent theatrical success stories to Blu-ray and DVD in restored and remastered editions: the wildly ambitious and neglected sci-fi/horror epic The Visitor and Ms. 45, legendary director Abel Ferrara’s gritty, gore-filled New York revenge thriller. The films will arrive, respectively, on March 4 and on March 25, 2014, with SRPs of $29.95 for Blu-ray and $27.95 for DVD. They come packed with bonus material in both formats.

Incredibly ambitious but derided and largely neglected upon its initial release in 1979, The Visitor is an unforgettable assault on reality, a phantasmagoric sci-fi/horror/action hybrid. From writer-producer Ovidio G. Assonitis (Tentacles) and director/actor/body builder Michael J. Paradise (aka Giulio Paradisi – Fellini’s 8½),the film artfully fuses elements of some of
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Old Classics Make for New Blurays – The Visitor | Ms. 45

Drafthouse Films, in conjunction with Cinedigm (Nasdaq: Cidm), will bring two of its recent theatrical success stories to Blu-ray and DVD in restored and remastered editions: the wildly ambitious and neglected sci-fi/horror epic The Visitor and Ms. 45, legendary director Abel Ferrara’s gritty, gore-filled New York revenge thriller. The films will arrive, respectively, on March 4 and on March 25, 2014, with SRPs of $29.95 for Blu-ray and $27.95 for DVD. They come packed with … Continue reading →

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