Friday, April 20, 2012

Faster, Pussycat! Kill!…Kill! (1965)

Director: Russ Meyer
Cast: Tura Satana, Lori Williams, Haji, Susan Bernards, Suart Lancaster
RM Films International Inc. / B&W / NTSC R1 / Unrated / Fullscreen / Mono / 83 mins / Purchase from DIABOLIKDVD.COM
While out in the desert seeking thrills and racing their cars, three sexy and tough go-go dancers meet a nice young couple just looking to run some time trials for their car. Varla (Tura Satana), the leader of the gang of go-go dancers, wants to emasculate the guy and show how big her balls are so she challenges him to a race. Of course she cheats a little and a fight ensues in which she kills him with her bare hands. Instead of leaving any witnesses, they drug and kidnap his girlfriend.

While fueling up for their getaway, they see a huge, muscle-bound man loading up his truck and are told by the attendant that the guy lives on a farm with his father and they just came into lots of cash and they keep it right there on the farm. This gives Varla a bright idea; they follow the big dude to his farm. Make up a story about how the girl they kidnapped was in a car accident with her boyfriend and her parents paid Varla and Co. to find and bring her back home. But they need a place to freshen up and rest and the farm looks like a great place. All the while, they will look for the stash of cash.

Unknown to them, the father is a perverted old man with one thing on his mind (rape and revenge on all women) and the muscle man is a “vegetable” that basically does the dad’s bidding. So Billie, one of the go-go dancers, tries her best to seduce the Vegetable but to no avail. While she tries, the kidnapped girl runs away after the old man tries to rape her. While running to look for help, she runs into the second (and only normal one of the family) son of the old lecherous dude. He takes her back to the farm and assures her everything will be OK.

As he arrives at the farm, you see that there is dissension in the family and he doesn’t get along with dear ol’ dad, but loves his brother. After the girl escapes yet again because of the negligence of Billie, Varla and normal brother set out to find her before the old man does. He sees this as a perfect opportunity to finally get his pervy hands on the young girl. When they find her, the father and Vegetable are already there. The action unfolds as secrets are found out, family and friends are betrayed and greed leads to murder.

Me, not being a fan of 60′s cinema (I find it’s often boring) but a big fan of Russ Meyer‘s reputation, I decided to give this, his most famous movie, a chance. I’m very glad I did, yet my opinion of the films of the 60′s is not changed. Meyer is a groundbreaking and highly regarded cult film maker. Both for his role gender-flipping (his women are often in control and very strong) and his penchant to use large breasted, often curvy women in his movies. That part of Faster, Pussycat! is dynamic and very entertaining. In those regards, this movie is classic for sure. Tura’s kick-ass bad girl character is nothing short of amazing as she shouts out every line of her dialogue with gusto. Not to mention her cavernous cleavage that is displayed front and center of every scene she’s in. Beautiful!

I understand the relevance of this movie in the times it was made. It pushed the lines of decency with the scantilly clad, strong women. He even throws in a lesbian love affair. Still, this is tame by today’s standards and for some, could be construed as boring. There is no nudity. No sex. Very, very little blood. I have to admit, the gratuitous violence, mostly Tura beating the shit out of people, is pretty cool. But I’m still not sold on what the 60′s has to offer me. But I do think everyone who claims to be a fan of exploitation owes it to themselves to check this out. It deserves to be seen for the groundbreaking movie it is. For me? I think I’ll stick with the exploitation of the 70′s and 80′s. That’s why I will be checking out some of Russ Meyer’s later stuff like Supervixens and Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens.

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