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Nicholas St. John (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 June 1979 (USA) See more »
The blood runs in rivers... The drill keeps on drilling See more »
An artist slowly goes insane while struggling to pay his bills, work on his paintings, and care for his two female roommates, which leads him taking to the streets of New York after dark and randomly killing derelicts with a power drill. Full summary » | Full synopsis »


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Abel Ferrara ... Reno Miller (as Jimmy Laine)
Carolyn Marz ... Carol Slaughter
Baybi Day ... Pamela
Harry Schultz ... Dalton Briggs
Alan Wynroth ... Al the Landlord
Maria Helhoski ... The Nun

James O'Hara ... Man in Church
Richard Howorth ... Stephen - Carol's Husband
Louis Mascolo ... Knife Victim
Tommy Santora ... Attacker
Rita Gooding ... TV Spot
Chuck Saaf ... TV Spot
Gary Cohen ... Voice-over (voice)
Janet Dailey ... Girl at Audition
Joyce Finney ... Girl at Audition
Butch Morris ... Sidewalk Begger
Paul Fitze ... Kid on Street
John Fitze ... Kid on Street
Karl Metner ... Kid on Street
Chris Amato ... Kid on Street
Rich Bokun ... Kid on Street
Michael Canosa ... Kid on Street
Greg Schirrira ... Kid on Street
Thomas Baeza ... Kid on Street
Frank Hazard ... Man Waiting for Bus
John Paul McIntyre ... Man Waiting for Bus (as Jack MacIntyre)
John Coulakis ... Hallway Derelict
Lanny Taylor ... Rooftop Derelict
Peter Yellen ... Bus Stop Derelict
Steve Cox ... Empire State Derelict

Stephen Singer ... Street Corner Derelict
Tom Constantine ... Street Corner Derelict
Anthony Picciano ... Sidewalk and Street Derelict
Bob DeFrank ... Fire Escape Derelict (as Bob De Frank)
D.A. Metrov ... Tony Coca-Cola (guitar) (as Rhodney Montreal)
Dickey Bittner ... Ritchy (bass)
Steve Brown ... Steve (drums)
Laurie Y. Taylor ... Tony's Girlfriend
Trixie Sly ... Manager
Andrea Childs ... Friend
Hallie Coletta ... Friend
Victoria Keiler ... Friend
Claire Mailer ... Friend
Paula Nichols ... Friend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jack O'Connell ... Rooftop Victim (uncredited)

Directed by
Abel Ferrara 
Writing credits
Nicholas St. John (screenplay) (as N.G. St. John)

Produced by
D.A. Metrov .... associate producer (as Douglas Anthony Metro)
Rochelle Weisberg .... executive producer
Original Music by
Joe Delia  (as Joseph Delia)
Cinematography by
Ken Kelsch (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bonnie Constant 
Michael Constant 
Abel Ferrara  (as Jimmy Laine)
Orlando Gallini 
Makeup Department
Rita Gooding .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mary Kane .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Louis Mascolo .... assistant director
Art Department
James Lemmo .... inspirational art: photography (as Jimmy Spears)
D.A. Metrov .... paintings (as Douglas Metro)
Sound Department
John Paul McIntyre .... location sound (as J. MacIntyre)
Richard Weigle .... re-recordist (as Richard Wiegle)
Special Effects by
David E. Smith .... special effects (as David Smith)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Coulakis .... grip
Dale Denning .... assistant camera
Dale Denning .... second camera
Dale Diamond .... grip
Ray Festa .... video
Sal Giarratano .... grip
Ernie Jew .... head gaffer
Doug Rowan .... grip
Kalman Schissel .... assistant camera
David Sperling .... additional camera
Wendy Stites .... grip (as Wendy Weir)
Sylvia Talkington .... grip
Louis Yansen .... grip (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Lou Somerstein .... negative matcher
Music Department
Joe Delia .... music performer (as Joseph Delia)
Abel Ferrara .... songwriter: Rooster Music (as Laine)
D.A. Metrov .... songwriter: Rooster Music (as Metro)
Other crew
Deborah Delia .... production assistant
Louis Mascolo .... additional dialogue and scenes
Karen and Richard .... home cooking
Holly Yellen .... continuity and script
Chris Andrews .... editors wish to thank
Sarah Brown .... thank you
Sidney Ginsberg .... thank you
Ivan Karp .... thank you
Kip Livingston .... thank you
James Macreading .... editors wish to thank (as James MacReading)
David Nugent .... thank you
Dominique Richard .... thank you
Lou Salvatore .... thank you
J. Stroke .... editors wish to thank

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Driller Killer" - Australia
"The Driller Killer" - UK (video box title)
"El asesino del taladro" - Mexico (imdb display title), Spain
"Убийца с электродрелью" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"A fúrógépes gyilkos" - Hungary (imdb display title)
"Driller Killer" - France
"Killer: El asesino del taladro" - Spain (imdb display title)
"O Assassino da Furadeira" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"O shizofrenis dolofonos me to trypani" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Sti folia tou shizofreni" - Greece (reissue title)
"The Driller Killer" - Italy (DVD title)
"The Driller Killer - Der Bohrmaschinenkiller" - Germany (DVD box title)
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96 min | UK:94 min (cut version) | USA:101 min (director's cut)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA (cut) (2004) | Australia:R (cut) (1985-2004) | Australia:RC (original rating) (1982-1985) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:18 | Ireland:(Banned) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 (2004) | UK:18 (cut) | UK:18 (video re-rating) (uncut) (2002) | UK:(Banned) (original rating) (1984-1999) | USA:Not Rated

Did You Know?

Abel Ferrara claims that half of this movie was shot in 1978 and the other half was shot in 1979. This explains why the actors hair styles and looks in general change quite frequently during the movie.See more »
Continuity: While the Driller Killer prepares to drill a homeless man in the head, the homeless man continuously changes position between shots, in spite of sleeping soundly enough to not hear the Driller Killer revving his drill.See more »
Reno Miller:Look, I can't even think with these guys playing that music in the place below mine. It's like they play all day and all night. They don't quit for a minute. Hell, they don't even stop to go to the bathroom!
Landlord:It's not my problem. It's your problem.
Reno Miller:What do you mean it's my problem? You're the super around here. It's your job to keep this place quiet.
Landlord:My job? It's not my job. Besides, they don't bother me.
Reno Miller:What do you mean? Why should they bother you? Look what the hell you're doing, fixing spark plugs. Nighttime comes you just sit around your place drinking a few beers, watching TV. Me, I've gotta work. I've got a painting due. I can't work with those guys playing that loud music.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Gore and More! (2005) (V)See more »
Grand Street StompSee more »


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