DRILLER KILLER; DVD
Abel Ferrara’s cult classic 1979 The Driller Killer is a low-budget, independent horror feature film. The plot concerns Reno Miller, a struggling artist in New York City, turning insane from stress and killing derelicts with a power drill. It features many of the elements that became trademarks of Ferrara’s later films including Catholic iconography, lesbian scenes, gritty urban locations filmed at night, an eclectic soundtrack combining punk rock and Bach, scenes of extreme violence and a religious theme of redemption, salvation and damnation. The punk rock band in the movie reflects contemporary New York punk bands at the time. The film was infamous for being on the list of “video nasties” in the United Kingdom, resulting the film banned from 1984 (due to new censorship laws) until 1999.