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The Driller Killer (Uncut) [DVD]

Abel Ferrara , Carolyn Marz , Abel Ferrara    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Abel Ferrara, Carolyn Marz, Baybi Day, Harry Schultz, Alan Wynroth
  • Directors: Abel Ferrara
  • Writers: Nicholas St. John
  • Producers: D.A. Metrov, Rochelle Weisberg
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Ilc
  • DVD Release Date: 12 April 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006IXDF
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,457 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Abel Ferrara's directorial debut is infamous for being banned as a 'video nasty' in the early Eighties. Struggling New York artist Reno is very much down on his luck. His desperate attempts to complete a painting for sale are frustrated by the punk band next door rehearsing 24 hours a day and the activities of his girlfriend and her lesbian lover. Unable to face up to the situation, Reno goes on a murderous rampage, dispatching his victims with an electric drill.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fine director, utter trash garbage movie. 12 Feb 2014
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Using low budget vision as an excuse for how poor The Driller Killer is is woeful in the extreme, proclaiming it as a misunderstood masterpiece is tantamount to insanity. Director Abel Ferrara would move on from this rubbish and produce some genuinely great movies, after this, my third viewing, I just can't see where this so called conscientious statement on urban life is?

The plot, as it is, concerns struggling artist Reno (Ferrara working under an alias of Jimmy Laine), fearful of being washed up and constantly blighted by the Punk Rock band rehearsing downstairs, he finally cracks and takes to the streets with his trusty power drill to murder the bums of the streets, then, shock horror! Those who have done him wrong.

It's not smart or remotely clever, it's cheap and tacky, and frankly as a British citizen I'm embarrassed that this island banned this film during the infamous Video Nasty craze. Because it has afforded this picture a reputation it most definitely doesn't deserve, even back in the early 80s the violence on show was more laughable than unsettling, my advice to any prospective first time viewer is avoid at all costs.

2/10 for the great two chord Punk band who feature prominently.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fans of the DPP (Video Nasty) list will relish this release - but there are some flaws. While the movie is shown in it's full glory (infamous head-drilling scene included), the sound is really rather poor.

At the start, we are advised that 'This film should be played loud' - and they aren't joking. I had to turn this up to near full volume to make out what was being said. I can't really blame the company who did the transfer, as it seems to be a problem with the audio in general.

That said, the video is crisp and hasn't suffered in any way from the transfer - and the movie itself still has that unnerving quality that made it such a gem to begin with.

So, all in all I give the movie a 4, the video a 4 and the audio a 2. Definitely worth a couple of bucks of anyone's money.

3 / 5 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars DRILLIANT!!! 3 Oct 2009
I was very intrigued to get this film as it's so talked about and you can buy it for less than you would pay for a cup of coffee at Starbucks.Driller Killer tells the story of an aspiring artist who is driven mad by his struggles and the pressures of urban life.Armed with a drill and a taste for murder he takes to the streets in a bloody rampage.I have to say that this is no where near as gorey as a lot of late 70's/early 80's B-movies but it does the job in the right places.This film has a great look about it, very grainy, very raw and extremely close to real life.I know to some this is a bad point but for me the poor quality of the picture actually helps the film convey it's drab surroundings even better.Abel Ferrara is superb as tortured artist "Reno" and some of his rants are almost poetic!
The other thing that stands out about this film is the involvement of a local punk band called "Tony Coca-Cola & The Roosters" who end up moving into Reno's apartment block and driving him crazy with their rehearsals at 2am in the morning.These guys are a great bunch of characters especially Tony himself and there's some cool footage of them performing in some local club from time to time which nicely breaks up the film.Very underated but definitely worth getting if you like B-movies.
The end is an absolute tease!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Overall I was disappointed 29 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
After hearing so much uproar about this film I thought I should see it. Infact I bought it. Now I'm wishing I hadn't. Poor acting on a storyline that deserved better. I was disappointed all round with this film. I was expecting gore by the minute, but hardly any materialised. I could not get settled into it and I had to watch it in two parts. It's certainly not a film I'd recommend if you want to be scared witless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More like a comedy than a horror... 29 April 2009
When I asked my friend if he could recommend a good comedy film for me to watch, I was a little perplexed when he suggested The Driller Killer. I was under the impression that it was supposed to be a horror, but he insisted that I watched it to see what he meant. So I bought a copy, and watched, and then realised exactly what he was on about. For almost the entire duration of the movie I found myself in hysterics. Not because the characters make witty remarks or do anything that would normally be considered funny in a movie, but because the overall quality of the film is just so abysmal it has to be seen to be believed. The acting is just awful, the dialogue is poor (you get the impression the actors are making it up as they go along), and the plot is so vague the whole film seems to be one random event after another. The highlight of the movie is the "killing spree", during which the main character spends his evening pushing innocent bystanders to the floor and attacking them with his drill. I wouldn't recommend this film to most, especially not to somebody seeking a good horror movie, but no doubt there are others out there who might get a few laughs out of this one...
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4.0 out of 5 stars this is not really horror 2 Jun 2000
The reviewers who said "crap" & "oh dear" seem to treat the film rather unfairly just as the DPP treated the film abhorently. after 50 seconds of cuts and an extra 6 mins saved from the original Vipco release in the early 80's, the DPP finally allow the release of The Driller Killer a much maligned cult classic from Abel Ferrara (Ms. 45, Bad lieutenant). First saw this film on Channel 4 and again on FilmFour, this film is not really easy to pigeonhole. you could call it horror, a thriller, slasher movie, whatever.
despite the graphic violence it remains a compelling film and very much compared to Taxi Driver. My only complaint is that the punk rock music is immediately annoying but the suspense is very much will he, won't he. It could also be seen as a study of life under capitalism. How poverty can drive you beyond the insanity.
It never deserved to be banned in the first place.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Arthouse cinema classic.
Why this film was ever banned is a mystery and shame too. At least the B.B.F.C. have finally come around and recognised it as worthy of an uncut release. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gizzy
5.0 out of 5 stars no makita
i gave it 5 stars because it was 100% better than i thought.the soundtrack had some great dirty guitar and for a low budget film a great soundtrack. Read more
Published 12 months ago by P. J. Pyke
1.0 out of 5 stars Laughable....
The version I saw (or tried to) was on The Horror Channel and for most of the time, I could not even make out what I was seeing, let alone relish in the supposed notorious gory... Read more
Published on 7 April 2012 by Tim Kidner
1.0 out of 5 stars COMEDY WITH SOME ART THROWN IN!!
I was very disappointed with this film when I watched it was more of a comedy horror with a bit of art thrown in if that makes sense. Read more
Published on 30 April 2009 by Jason Thorne
Before Abel Ferrara, one of my favorite directors, made the excellent masterpieces MS. 45 and BAD LIEUTENANT he made DRILLER KILLER, a horror film with some psychological depth and... Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2008 by Sick-o
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing the point!!
I really think a lot of the reveiws here are written by people expecting a gore movie, this isn't one, though the murders are gory. this is an "art" movie, quite literally! Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2007 by Mr. Faron D. King
4.0 out of 5 stars ONLY FOR B-MOVIE FANS !! !! !! !!
I know that Driller Killer had a very low budjet but what mant people dont realise is that this film was meant to look cheap and have lots of annoying noises in it to express what... Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2006 by M. Western
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheap ripp off...
The storyline has been done numerous times. Examples are taxi driver and straw dogs. However they were done much more effectively then this tripe. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2005 by Shkandrij
3.0 out of 5 stars driller killer
i bought driller killer after seeing it reviewed as one of the 50 most exteme movies.
its not as bad as people say, yeah so the acting isn't very good, the lighting/visibility... Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2005 by "babyjanebunny"
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