The Driller Killer
The Driller Killer (1979)

This New York-made independent film, the auspicious debut of talented filmmaker Abel Ferrara, who also starred in the film and wrote most of its songs under the moniker "Jimmy Laine," offers many genuinely disturbing, graphic… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1979
DVD Release Date: December 21, 1999
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

you can see both Ferrara's strengths and weaknesses at play here, although some of the latter can be explained at least partially by marketplace demands for a low-budget genre film

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Fernando F. Croce

A corruscating tale of a mind liberated by psychosis

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Only sporadically exhibits the skill and wit of [Ferrara's] scintillatingly skuzzy subsequent efforts.

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Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

a thematically dense, messily grounded film which, although about a drill, never bores - and there is nothing else quite like it.

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Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat

This 1979 budgeter takes up from the 70s grindhouse and precedes the flourishing horror-comedies of the 80s.

Cole Smithey

Dystopic Punk-era Manhattan by Abel Ferrara - Very cool!

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

In a lot of very important ways, the film is stiff and clumsy... there is one way in which the film is kind of brilliant: its depiction of the New York punk scene.

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Rob Gonsalves

Worthwhile for admirers of Ferrara's overall portfolio; probably too slow and odd for those hoping for shallow splatter.

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Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Okay slasher flick.

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Flixster Audience Score: 33% Flixster User Reviews
Ariuza koraw
Nothing short of "Arthouse" genus and the best Slasher flick ever made. I say this because it's old and low budget and its director Abel Ferrara… More
Lady D'arbanville
I don?t give up on films very easily, but this was just one huge yawn, despite being a serial killer film and despite being a banned film, it really wasn?t an… More
Alex roy
I picked up this infamous video nasty at a local used DVD store. Watching the film, it reminded me of The Last House On The Left, only because the picture… More
vieras esine
The focus was far too much on the band which made the killings seem like a small side-plot, when it was supposed to be other way round.
Bruce Bruce
First off it amazes me that this movie is even on Flixster, what amazes me more is the number of people who have reviewed it, and even more amazing is that… More
Marcus Woolcott
Mmmm, I'm an aspiring film director with little money who wants to get my work noticed. Do I do the best I can with what I have and produce a decent film,… More