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The Driller Killer, 1979.
Directed by Abel Ferrara.
Starring Abel Ferrara (as Jimmy Laine) and Carolyn Marz.
The Driller Killer is a cult grindhouse horror about a New York artist, Reno (portrayed by director Abel Ferrara, making his feature debut both sides of the camera), who is struggling to complete his masterpiece in an apartment that he shares with his girlfriend Carol (Marz) and her friend Pamela (Baybi Day).
Driven to madness by the incessant music from a neighbouring apartment, Reno begins to murder the homeless using a drill. When his painting is rejected by the head of the art gallery and Carol decides to return to her ex-husband, Reno is pushed completely over the edge and sets about extracting a bloody and brutal revenge.
Ferrara's debut is notable for the controversy that surrounded it during the U.K. video nasty moral panic of the early 1980's. Despite being more of an art-house film that concentrates on the psychological aspects of Reno's character as opposed to out-and-out gore, the film's violent promotional imagery brought The Driller Killer to the attention of the BBFC, who subsequently banned the movie under the Video Recording Act of 1984.
The Driller Killer was eventually passed for release in 2002 and a remake by British filmmaker Jed Shepherd is set for 2010.
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