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The Driller Killer


The Driller Killer
Director: Abel Ferrara, 1979.
United States, 95 minutes.
English.

The atmosphere of paranoia and fear of old New York is captured in Abel Ferrara's Driller Killer, where a young artist sharing a rathole apartment with two roommates is slowly overwhelmed by the squalid nature of the city and goes on a psychotic rampage with a power drill to aid him. More than a basic gore-fest, the film is only punctuated by anarchic violence as a reaction to the gradually building frustration of a man being driven to madness by everything that surrounds him, from his own desperation, to the punk rock band next door, to the sheer turmoil of the city itself. 

Earlier Event: September 24
Video Art Showcase
Later Event: September 25
Weekly: Family Matinee