Director Russ Meyer passed away in 2004, but his cult following is as strong as ever. This year we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Meyer’s most influential escapade, as it rouses your libido, tickles your funny bone, and slaps your cheeks. If reckless sex was a roller coaster, Faster Pussycat! Kill Kill! would be the sweetest ride.
The bare-boner screenplay by Jack Moran centres on three thrill-seeking, buxom go-go dancers on a hell-ride in the desert, burning rubber, spraying dust, and causing all manner of malicious, minxy mayhem. There’s Euroasian beauty and self-appointed leader Varla (Tura Satana), the sultry and exotic Rosie (Haji), and blonde bombshell Billie (Lori Williams), all three with fierce attitude to boot.
The black and white cinematography with those wild camera-angles, and snazzy editing make the movie more dynamic than most other grindhouse pictures of the period. Then there’s the jazzy score, and, of course, those killer one-liners; The gas station attendant trying to chat up Varla as she sits behind the wheel of her sports car, and he’s oogling her huge cleavage, “Just passing through, huh? Boy, that motor’s sure hot! You gals really must have been moving on these little machines. Yes sir, the thrill of the open road. New places, new people, new sights of interest. Now that’s what I believe in, seeing America first!”… Varla snarls back at him, “You won’t find it down there, Columbus!”
Famous for his love of big-breasted women and flaunting their naked bodies as flagrantly as possible, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! has no actual nudity, and, curiously, is all the better for it. The cleavage is more alluring than any exposed nipple or even furry beaver, and the sheer pneumatic presence of the leading bosoms are performances in their own right! Tura Satana’s bust is the word personified, Lori Williams is Perksville, Arizona, and Haji’s torpedoes are downright deadly. This is the kind of lurid, fun fare that gives sexploitation such a memorable name! Perfect for late-night beer and popcorn and making out in the back row.
John Waters has described Faster Pussycat! as the best movie ever made, and possibly the best movie that will ever be made. Back in 2008 Quentin Tarantino expressed a keen desire to remake it, and wanted voluptuous porn star Tera Patrick in the role of Varla, Eva Mendez in the role of Rosie, and Britney Spears as Billie. A remake of some description is currently listed as in development on imdb, but the fact is, any remake has big boobs, err boots to fill no matter who is behind it or in it.
Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! has a special 50th Anniversary screening as part of the Sydney Underground Film Festival, Saturday September 19th, 10:30pm, Factory Theatre.
Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! film review by Bryn Tilly of cultprojections.com