The Driller Killer

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| German (Germany)

This stylistic, legendary icon of NYC punk underground film is the starting point of Abel Ferrara's disturbing cinematic universe. Filmed in 1978 on 16mm, Ferrara used his own home and his residential area around Union Square in New York City as the film's main location. The film calls to mind other contemporary anti-heroes in Taxi Driver by Martin Scorsese and in Roman Polanski's Repulsion. DRILLER KILLER also anticipates topics that became signatures of Ferrara's later career. DRILLER KILLER practically single-handed triggered the 1980s "Video Nasties" censorship campaign in the UK.