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The Driller Killer
Directed by Abel Ferrara • 1979 • United States
Starring Abel Ferrara, Carolyn Marz, Baybi Day
In a career that has encompassed such controversial classics as MS. 45 and BAD LIEUTENANT, none of Abel Ferrara’s films have quite managed to match the shock, extremity, and downright notorious nature of THE DRILLER KILLER. Ferrara plays struggling artist Reno, a man pushed to the edge by the frustrations of life in gritty 1970s New York City. His grip on reality soon begins to slip and he takes to stalking the streets with his power tool in search of prey. One of the most infamous “video nasties” of its era, this art-house-meets-grindhouse slasher has lost none of its power to unnerve.