Yoinked from the almighty wikipedia ...
"The Driller Killer is a low budget, independently made 1979 slasher film directed by and starring Abel Ferrara. It was on a list of banned so-called video nasties in the United Kingdom. The film was released in the US in 1979, the UK in 2002.
Driller Killer was an independent feature with a cast of unknown actors produced by Ferrara's own Navaron Films company 1977-78. It was filmed on 16mm film and utilised Ferrara's Union Square apartment and adjacent streets as locations. It features many of the elements which became trademarks of Ferrara's later films. These include Catholic iconography, lesbian scenes, gritty urban locations filmed at night, an eclectic soundtrack combining punk rock and Bach, scenes of extreme violence and a religious theme of redemption, salvation and damnation.
Many cut versions of the movie still exist, which show scenes of drilling into heads and abdomens blacked-out. The uncut version of the movie does show certain parts blanked out using the colour red, most notably the final scene.
The film was well received when released in America in 1979. In the UK, the reaction was very different. In 1982, the UK distributors of Driller Killer, Vipco (Video Instant Picture Company), took out full page advertisements in a number of movie magazines showing the video's violently explicit cover, depicting a man being drilled through the forehead by the Driller Killer. This resulted in a large number of complaints to the Advertising Standards Agency, and opposition to the film from the press and elsewhere; however, it seems that very few of the complainants ever actually saw the film but rather based their opinion on the poster and the shocking title of the film. The film was lumped together with other so-called 'video nasties' released at the time and a vociferous campaign was launched by the press to ban them all. The movie was not officially released uncut in the UK until 2002."
Steve's Snacks Of The Week:
... AND NOW, Steve and this blog are both PROUD to once again present today's Church-less Movie of the Week in its entirety FOR FREE!
Please, though, a few rules first. There's absolutely no talking in Steve's Theater and talkers WILL be mutilated. No cell phones or African-American berries in the theater. And absolutely NO TEXTING! I am so serious about that last one.
And be sure to dim your headlights (where applicable).
Enjoy the show y'all!