Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Driller Killer (1979)

An annoying starving artist - i.e., a guy with an over inflated sense of his own talent who is supported by others so he can concentrate on his art - hangs around with the two girls he lives with, tries to paint, has no money for his rent, and is irritated by the punk band who rented the downstairs apartment as a practice space.

His plan is to finish a massive canvas with a painting of a bull's head and sell it to a local gallery owner.  But when the owner calls bullshit on his crappy painting, our artist looses it and figures he can do better work with his power drill.  He thanks Jesus for seeing a commercial for the Porta Pack which offers electricity anywhere he goes, and commences drilling anything that bothers him.

This was pretty slow moving and had lots of filler, including  punk band Tony Coca-cola and the Roosters, which includes a scene in which they rip off the Peter Gunn Theme.  Damn, everyone into punk wore those plastic sunglasses.

There were some scenes filmed at Max's Kansas City, which is pretty cool, and there's footage of the seedy part of New York from the 1970s.  But other than that, most of the movie doesn't include any drilling or killing, and moves at a snails pace.

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