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Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1966)

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Exploitation maven Russ Meyer created a cult classic with this turbo-charged action film. Three curvaceous go-go dancers in a cool sports car go on a desert crime spree, led by Varla (the amazing Tura Satana), a busty, nasty woman dressed entirely in black. Varla's lesbian moll, Rosie (Haji) -- who has an extremely overwrought accent -- and reluctant bimbo Billie (Lori Williams) are along for the ride. When they meet a na´ve young couple, Tommy and Linda (Ray Barlow and Sue Bernard), Varla

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Jack Moran

Jun 14, 2005

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Some good performances emerge from a one-note script via very good Russ Meyer direction and his outstanding editing.

March 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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A cheap and efficient comic horror movie, it's funniest when its dialogue and characters' behaviour are at their most non sequitur.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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I guess plunging necklines and tight shorts aren't what they used to be... Not that such a realization will hamper anyone's enjoyment of this, or any other, Meyer endeavor.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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What is it about Meyer that spurs critics to this hyperbole? I think it is an intensely personal reaction to the visceral power of Meyer's unusual images.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Sadly, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! sounds far better on paper than it actually plays.

October 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

Russ Meyer's fetishistic vision of powerful bisexual amazons of mixed nationalities engaged in criminal super action exists in a cartoonish world of black and white humor where anything is possible

August 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Radar
Daily Radar

Gleefully sordid, violent, good-humored exploitation from Russ Meyer, the thinking person's skin-flick director.

March 28, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Classic social satire and slapstick humor!

February 20, 2007
ColeSmithey.com

This one aimed for the unsophisticated drive-in market with its rich mixture of sex and violence, but served up no nudity or swearing.

October 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Joel Schumacher, camp? Meh - this is camp, and this is undeniably a wild good time.

October 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Moviehole
Moviehole

This is the ultimate expression of the American cinema's greatest fetishes: big breasts, fast cars, tight jeans, and sudden death. This is, in its own way, one of the great films of the 60's.

March 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The sex is intended to arouse, the violence to excite, and the combination enables Faster Pussycat's status as an absolute masterpiece of subversion.

July 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Has a cult following that I am hard-pressed to grasp.

September 18, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

An awful movie but a tremendous spectacle and a pinnacle of camp exuberance, NOT to be missed.

August 15, 2003
Nick's Flick Picks

I've always felt that Faster, Pussycat! suffered from an absence of Meyer's usual creative flourishes.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

This is the quintessencial psychotronic film and Russ Meyer's best.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

What a weird movie!

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

When is Russ Meyer going to be taken seriously as an auteur?

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The shoestring production values are so weak, the story is so lame and the acting is so bad that there's no mistaking this Pussycat for anything but what it is - a turkey.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Still as fun, twisted, and hilarious as ever.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A rondo of lechery, betrayals, bitching and plotting

January 1, 2000 Full Review
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Audience Reviews for Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

cult actress tura santana died friday evening in reno, nevada. she was 72. rip :(
February 6, 2011
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Stella Dallas

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Three go-go dancers - Varla (Tura Satana), Rosie (Haji) and Billie (Lori Williams) - are racing their sports cars out in the desert when they meet up with a young man named Tommy (Ray Barlow) and his girlfriend Linda (Susan Bernard). Tommy is an amateur car racer who has come out to do some time trials. Varla challenges him to a race. When she cuts him off with her car it leads to a fight and she kills him. Dragging the frightened Linda with them the trio go into the nearest town to fill up with petrol. There they see a muscly young man (Dennis Busch) carrying his crippled father (Stuart Lancaster) to his truck. The petrol station attendant (Mickey Foxx) tells the girls that the muscle man is retarded and that his bitter old father is reputed to be rich, but must have his riches stashed away somewhere at his isolated homestead. The girls decide to drop in for a visit hoping to find the old man's riches. They pass off Linda as a rich man's runaway daughter they are bringing home against her will. What they don't know is that the old man is a misogynist who delights in kidnapping women for his son, whom he refers to only as The Vegetable, to rape. They will have to rely on their own deadly talents and the possible decency of the old man's other son Kirk (Paul Trinka).

Russ Meyer's black and white "ode to the violence in women" made little impact when first released in 1965. Meyer had taken the world by storm with "The Immoral Mr. Teas" (1959), the film most often credited with kicking off the nudie cutie craze. And he would become a household name with the success of "Vixen!" (1968). But the films he made between those two landmarks, though some of them are among his best work, didn't attract much attention. But then John Waters, in his 1981 autobiography "Shock Value" wrote : "'Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!'...is, beyond a doubt, the best movie ever made (No doubt it's my "favourite" of all time). It is possibly better than any film that will be made in the future." Waters dubbed Meyer "the Eisentein of sex films" because his use of skillful editing to get maximum impact out of scenes of sex and violence is reminiscent of the methods by which the Russian director managed to powerfully convey his political messages. Waters' championing of "Faster, Pussycat!", in particular, led to it becoming a favourite on college campus's across America.

If Meyer is "the Eisenstein of sex films" then "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" is the "Citizen Kane" of trash films. I don't use the term disparagingly. For me a trash film is a film which appeals on a visceral rather than purely emotional level. In trash films realism is bad style. We must always know that we are watching a movie and enjoy it as a fantasy formed from our own base drives - from those uncivilised aspects of our nature that we must repress to live a civilised existence. Hence the term "trash" for the substance of these films is those aspects of ourselves which must be discarded. The violence in the trash film appeals to the knot in our stomach from every time we've had to bite back on our anger. It's prurient sexuality appeals to the lusts generated by everyday existence for which we may have insufficient outlet. We don't sympathise with the characters in a film like this, but we can identify with their actions because they take place in an obvious fantasy world. But the trash film has another appeal - the exhilaration that comes from the transgression of the bounds of good taste. And its sense of humour is the kind which elicits a belly-laugh. The anarchic spirit of the trash film has no less value than the more rarefied pleasures and intellectual stimulation of the art film.

What makes "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" great is the way that it takes the sex and violence of the trash film and distills them into something more iconic than explicit. Unlike most of Meyer's films, there is no frontal nudity or sex scenes. The violence is powerful, but not extended or shown in gory detail. Yet Tura Satana in her tight black jeans, half-exposed breasts practically bursting free as she eyes up a man like a side of beef or takes him out with karate chop to the neck, distills any amount of sex and violence into a single unforgettable mythic figure. Similarly the vastly underrated Stuart Lancaster is the very personification of sleazy misogyny. Add to this the brilliant build-up of the opening monologue, Meyer's masterful editing and Jack Moran's eminently quotable and often hilariously funny camp dialogue and you have a trash film masterpiece that just gets better and better the more times you watch it.
January 7, 2011
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Ariuza koraw

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What a great movie, and a cult classic too. This movie is an action thriller about three rough, wild go-go dancers who meet a family of three psychotic men, plus an innocent girl caught in the middle of the fight. It's a very interesting and unique film, you never know what'll happen next.
December 5, 2010
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

While not an amazing movie, it's definitely an incredibly fun one. Or maybe it's just the sex and violence talking. Great score, great dialogue ("You really should be AM and FM. You one-band broads are a drag!") and some straight-up, non-silicone brand foxiness (Lori Williams is such goddamned doll), Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! just might be the very definition of camp in all its sleazy glory.
January 14, 2010
mjgildea

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    1. Billie: Would you like to look under my hood?
    – Submitted by David E (9 months ago)
    1. Varla: Go get her!
    2. Rosie: So I have to get all wet because the Lady Godiva wants to swim?
    – Submitted by David E (9 months ago)
    1. Tommy: Look, I don't know what the hell your point is, but...
    2. Varla: The point is of no return and you've reached it!
    – Submitted by David E (9 months ago)
    1. The Old Man: You girls a bunch of nudists or are you just short of clothes?
    – Submitted by David E (9 months ago)
    1. Varla: I never try anything; I just do it! And I don't beat clocks, just people! Wanna try me?
    – Submitted by David E (9 months ago)
    1. Varla: You're all shook up, aren't you baby?
    – Submitted by David E (9 months ago)
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