Hopefully your Thanksgiving feast has been well digested before the last street date Tuesday of November arrives.
For on that date, Nov. 29, your stomach will be getting a good workout with Arrow Films’ — with domestic sales and distribution support provided by MVD Entertainment Group — new Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack restoration (from original film elements) of actor/director Abel Ferrara’s 1979 blood-soaked horror tale, The Driller Killer.
Poor Reno (Abel Ferrara), he’s a sensitive artist, struggling to make ends meet. The pressure — as witnessed in a series of unnerving events — eventually pushes Reno to the breaking point and creative uses of a power drill are forthcoming.
What makes Ferrara’s slasher entry so compelling is his use of sound to drive the terror. Sure, the sound of the drill working its magic is one thing, but the punk milieu and its effect on Reno’s sanity is what really sets this film apart. It’s like nails on a chalkboard and our anti-hero’s descent into madness is well understood, if not condoned.
Bonus nuggets include commentary featuring author Brad Stevens (“Monte Hellman: His Life and Films” and “Abel Ferrara: The Moral Vision”) and filmmaker Abel Ferrara, a newly-prepared video session with Ferrara, the 2010 feature-length documentary titled Mulberry St. and a featurette titled “Willing and Abel: Ferraraology 101.”