Comparison between the cut British DVD from Visual Film (BBFC 18) and the uncut US DVD from Cult Epics (Not Rated).
"The Driller Killer" is Abel Ferraras first feature film after shooting short films and trailers. He himself (under the pseudonym Jimmy Laine) played the lead role of reno, a frustrated artist who snaps one day and starts killing of people with his power drill.
What sounds a little plump is actually one of the more disturbing independent films.
When the film was released in Great Britain in the 80ies it fell victim to protesters against horror and violent films and made it onto the list of the Video Nasties.
When the film was rated by the BBFC in 1999, the distributor had to make some minor cuts. Only in the year 2002 it passed the rating procedure with no cuts made.
Cut Version = 94:19 Min.
Uncut Version = 95:50 Min.
00:00 The Uncut Version starts earlier.
When reno kills the bum with his drill, the British version repeatedly shows less explicit footage, hence no time difference.
As Reno drills into the back of the man standing in front of the glass door, alternative footage is shown. No time difference.
58:48 Reno drills into the bums head.
Additional shots of him drilling into the head. The British version features previously used footage.
91:46 After Reno's girlfriend has turned the light off the screen stays black until the credits in the Uncut Version. In the British Version the screen is red and seen a bit longer.
+ 7 Sec.
94:19 The credits stop earlier in the British Version while in the Uncut Version additional credits are shown.