Driller Killer is a "video nasty" from 1979, directed by Abel Ferrara. It's a psychological horror film detailing the psychotic breakdown of an artist who's distain for the world around him reaches a boiling point. Ferrara plays the lead character of Reno and his performance is neurotic and frenzied. The film is dark... in fact it's the kind of grimy you can't wash off. It treads familiar territory with comparisons to Taxi Driver and Repulsion and later-on Combat Shock but it examines the descent into madness in a more visceral style. Reno's madness is emphasised with hallucinations and distorted camera angles which add an uneasy quality to an already disturbing film. Affectively the surreal elements are more alarming than the on-screen violence, which itself is graphic and repulsive. Of the video nasties from the 70s (that magnificent era of horror) Driller Killer is probably the most experimental and provoking. It isn't aiming for shock value as much as it's probing into social decay and mental illness. A valuable horror film which launched an important filmmaker's career.