THE DRILLER KILLER (1979 U.S.) D: ABEL FERRARA W: NICHOLAS ST. JOHN P: ROCHELLE WEISBERG
Often considered Ferrara's feature debut (untrue, he had already made the porno NINE LIVES OF A WET PUSSY), this caused a lot of controversy because of it's violence, but is not so bad by today`s standards. Ferrara himself (under the pseudonym Jimmy Laine) plays a frustrated artist living in an N.Y.C. slum tenement. A bad punk band called Tony Coca Cola And The Roosters move into the room next door and play their awful noise around the clock. Laine can't get funding for his paintings either, so all his belongings are thrown out onto the street. He finally cracks when his girlfriend leaves him and starts killing homeless people (the only element of society he considers "below" him) with a portable power drill. He imitates cowboys with twin drill holsters and even rides a dying body to the ground like a bucking bronco. There's also footage of real homeless people and a funny scene where a tramp terrorises a "respectable" citizen at a bus stop at night. Far from being the classic horror movie some claim, this still has a lot of energy and memorable scenes and is worth a look. Look out for a brief scene where Ferrara's eyes look like an insane Ren Hoek. The photography is by regular Ken Kelsch. Ferrara made the masterpiece Ms.45 next.

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