THE DRILLER KILLER REVIEWED
“The Driller Killer” comes to Blu-ray in its best possible package. Sure, Ferrara never meant for the preview version to be seen widely. But, he’s allowing viewers to have the chance to see what once was and the theatrical cut side-by-side. For those not familiar with the film, it’s about a starving artist who kills people with a power drill. Ferrara stars in the lead, which allows him to take the creep factor to the next level. Honestly, I always wondered why Ferrara didn’t star in all of his films.
The guy has a seedy charm that plays well onscreen. There’s too much time spent on the band that aggravates our lead, but I guess it’s part of that No Wave scene. It’s weird to see a film from late 70s NYC push so hard to make you buy into the scene. We all get that it was dirty and dank. Just get back to the killing that seemed far more glamorous in “Body Double”. Hell, now I want to watch a Ferrara marathon.
- Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative of the never-before-seen pre-release version and the theatrical cut
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations in both 1.85:1 and 1.37:1 aspect ratios
- Original uncompressed Mono PCM audio
- Audio commentary by director and star Abel Ferrara, moderated by Brad Stevens (author of Abel Ferrara: The Moral Vision) and recorded exclusively for this release
- Laine and Abel: An Interview with the Driller Killer, a brand-new interview with Ferrara
- Willing and Abel: Ferraraology 101, a new visual essay guide to the films and career of Ferrara by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of Cultographies: Ms. 45
- Mulberry St., Ferrara’s feature-length 2010 documentary portrait of the New York location that has played a key role in his life and work, available on home video in the US for the first time ever
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil
- FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Michael Pattison and Brad Stevens
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM Mono
RELEASE DATE: 12/13/16
The Plot Thus Far
In career that has encompassed such controversial classics as Ms. 45, Bad Lieutenant and Welcome to New York, 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 economic realities of New York living in the late seventies and the No Wave band practising in the apartment below. His grip on reality soon begins to slip and he takes to stalking the streets with his power tool in search of prey…
Forget Taxi Driver, The Warriors and The New York Ripper, The Driller Killer is the definitive look at NYC’s underbelly – a slasher that is as much at home in the arthouse as it is the grindhouse.