If you still haven't decided on a Halloween costume, maybe you should be Screamin Jay Hawkins.
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I watched Basketcase with Carrie and Bill last night. A young man totes around a basket with something deadly inside, but what's in the basket? A screaming, rampaging ball of latex perhaps? It's mostly a medical patient revenge film, but the fact that every time the main character makes out with a woman, the basket monster goes crazy and makes him stop is a nice addition. The New York caricatures are great. The pudgy, balding man with suspenders, glasses, undershirt, and mustache is someone I feel occupied every representation of the city from that period. As if that were an intentional style instead of one of convenience, and you could find at least one man dressed like that per city block in 1982. And if you talked to him, he would say, "I have the best style."
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Few films begin with instructions on how they should be viewed. Driller Killer begins not with a title screen, but with the modal command: THIS FILM SHOULD BE PLAYED LOUD. The story follows a sexually repressed artist who begins to go crazy, with a drill! It's pretty impossible not to watch this movie without reading it's psychoanalytic messages. If 'Men, Women, and Chainsaws' had been written before Driller Killer was made, I would say that Abel Ferrara (who directed and starred in the film) had made the film by the book. Aside from that, there is a weird art punk band and great footage of late 70's, NYC warehouse living.
I wish there was a repertory showing of Driller Killer in NYC for Halloween. Fortunately, it was banned in so many countries, that it's in the public domain so you can watch it free on the internet! Here is a low quality version:
Driller Killer (full film)
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