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Really Awful Movies: Ep 235 – The Driller Killer

Another Video Nasty! On this week’s episode, the unusually arty low-budget slasher, The Driller Killer. Actually, calling it a slasher is a bit of a misnomer. It’s more of a character study of a brooding artist’s breakdown. This is a weird beast, and not what you’d entirely expect given the era, the budget, and the cast of amateurs involved (save for auteur, Abel Ferrara, the indie legend who went on to direct the infamous, Bad Lieutenant and King of New York).

Ferrara (credited as Jimmy Laine) plays Reno Miller. Reno is a tortured artist, tortured by a murky past and an uncertain future. He lives with a harem of girls in the East Village in the height of the punk rock boom in NYC. And he’s surrounded by human misery, squalor and degradation. And that’s just his studio apartment (ba-dum-ching). His milieu is a haven for drug and alcohol abuse, and poverty.

But look at the title, folks. Invariably, he descends into madness and…well, you know the drill (bam!) Forgive us that one, dear readers.

The Driller Killer is worth checking out. Made on a shoestring, with no city permits (guerrilla-style) it has a lot to commend it. As does our podcast, if we may be so bold. Check out the Really Awful Movies Podcast, for weekly genre chat.

Really Awful Movies: Ep 230 – The House on Sorority Row

The House on Sorority Row! A den mother walks in on a sorority girl, doin’ the horizontal boogie with her beau…this causes a big to-do at Phi Kappa Beta Gamma Alpha Delta Epsilon, whatever.

The vengeful co-ed, in cahoots with her gal-pals, decides to freak the old lady out with, what else? A prank. And you know how these things turn out…especially when there’s a loaded weapon involved.

Was this a thing? Are sorority houses overseen by septuagenarian taskmasters? Are young women and future leaders of tomorrow capable of such heinous acts?

We’re in the 80s, during the height of the slasher boom and we’ve got “a few of our favorite things” (with apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein). You know what that means: babes! a killer on the loose! partying! A secluded locale!

The House on Sorority Row is one of a litany of horror movies with “house” in the title, a fact we delightfully point out in our opener.

This is a movie that’s a boatload of fun. And to his credit, director Mark Rosman tries his darndest to lead the viewer astray. In that way, it’s not the usual predictable low-end crapola a la Sorority House Massacre and its ilk. There’s a lot of spirit.

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