Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)

16_pcathead If you were asking a film critic for advice, and told them you only wanted to see ONE Russ Meyer film, they’d probably point you in the direction of Faster, Pussycatt! Kill! Kill!. Because Russ Meyer was a genius, this film is a masterpiece. Both Roger Corman and Quentin Tarantino have said that their films are influenced by the Meyer Canon.

Pussycat follows three young Go-Go dancers as they clock off their shift and decide to engage in their pastimes: car racing, trash talking, martial arts, and murder. Of course in true Meyer style they’re all horny as hell and all the male characters they encounter are too stupid to have sex with them (or are crippled in some cases).

Faster_Pussycat_Kill_Kill-729619 I was doing some background checking on the film and one of the better summaries comes from Gary Morris of the Bright Lights Film Journal. His summary not only provides a decent summary, but also includes some fun trivia points:

All the girls (even the sweet and innocent Bunny) were ex-playboy models and Tura Santana, the lead, went on to become a dental hygienist.

03325 It’s one of those landmark films that every serious buff has to have seen at some point. It predates 1973’s Deep Throat which is often said to be the beginning of the end when it comes to what was acceptable or not to be shown in a cinema. Don’t just see it, go out and buy it. It’s the sort of thing you’ll watch again and again.


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