"You into rock and roll head trips, baby?"
Abel Ferrara is one of my all-time favorite directors. The guy would go on to make way more polished films than this one and is probably best known for KING OF NEW YORK and/or BAD LIEUTENANT. Being a fan of cult/underground films though this one is probably my favorite of his followed closely by the also great MS. 45. I also generally love movies(like TAXI DRIVER) where the main character's life is unraveling and there's a slow downward spiral into madness. The fact that this movie is so unpolished and looks like it was directed by a true maniac works highly in it's favor. It's sorta like if you took a slasher film and slammed it into a gritty punk rock documentary about a loser artist who's slowly slipping into madness. Like THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE the film has that documentary look and feel that makes you feel sleazy just by observing it. It's funny how almost every review I've ever read of this points out the low-budget and ugly-look as detriments when they're really the film's strongest assets. You get the expected killer drill scenes including an impressively done(for the budget) head-drilling, lesbian showering, gratuitous crappy punk rock music, a rabbit's corpse mutilated and tons of bad acting. I would say if you're hardcore into typical 80's slasher flicks this one might not be for you. Even though it's often lumped in with those this exists in a special place above those brainless purely splatter-for-splatter's-sake flicks. Anyone who can appreciate insane cinema should check it out. I still need to catch Ferrara's earlier porn flick because I can't imagine what that was like.