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Reel Reviews – Faster, Pussycat! Kill!… Kill!

Faster, Pussycat! Kill!... Kill!

Reel Review #46: “I never try anything. I just do it. Wanna try me?” This 1965 Russ Meyer film has become a cult and camp classic over time. Not your standard Meyer film, it would probably be rated PG-13 if released today. As the DVD cover says, “Superwomen! Filmed in glorious black and blue.”

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  1. Gravatar Icon 1 Dave Oct 10th, 2005 at 7:19 pm

    I mentioned this story to MWG and he asked me to post it here. I actually met these actresses a couple of years ago when I was living in Atlanta. I happened to be walking downtown and saw Suzie “the Floozie” Barrows in front of a hotel. She was chauffeuring around the three main actresses for a cult film convention, all of whom were in their 50′s and 60′s at the time but still, um, proportioned like they used to be. Suzie kept talking to me about them and how cool it was to have them around and offered to introduce me to them. I said sure, but didn’t have the heart to tell her that I had never seen a Russ Meyer film and had no idea who they were.

    They came down and I did indeed meet them. Tura Satana was actually nice and engaged in some conversation, the other two looked like they’d chew their own arms off to get the hell out of there. I hope it wasn’t me. I ended up helping them with their luggage because they couldn’t make all the bags fit in the trunk. had to apply some of that guy magic to fit this giant pile of suitcases and makeup cases and general junk in a compact car. I actually was able to pull it off, though, much to the relief of Haji and Lori. I said goodbye to Suzie and Tura, endured glowers from the other two whose stupid bags I had just spent 5 minutes packing and unpacking just to be a good guy, and off they went to the airport.

    I’m not sure you can call it a brush with fame or greatness, so what was that? A brush with cultness? I don’t know. It was a truly weird moment no matter how you slice it. To this day, I’ve still never seen any of these movies. Eventually I’ll see them back in their glory days, I’m sure.

  2. Gravatar Icon 2 Michael C. Barnes Oct 12th, 2005 at 8:54 am

    I had seen a few Russ Myer’s films in theaters from time-to-time. At the time, I had no idea of who he was but I would remember his films, despite the flaws because they were very stylized and had lots of energy. The first of his films I saw was Vixens. I saw Super Vixens and Under the Valley of the Dolls.

    There are always themes that run through Russ Meyers movies. The first is that the women are far more powerful characters than the men. The men are usually pictured as weak and stupid while the women are generally more intelligent and in control.

    The women in the movies are also generally more sexually overt than the men.

    Faster Pussycat Kill Kill Kill is the ultimate Russ Myers film because given the time the film was made, the women in this film are very powerful. Faster Pussycat Kill Kill Kill has a cartoonish quality which I am sure that when it was made was quite unusual.

    I liked this movie very much. You can see that Russ Myers loved making movies and that he took it very seriously. Faster Pussycat Kill Kill Kill looks great. The camera work quite good.

    I agree with this podcast. While the movie is not a great film it is great film making.

  3. Gravatar Icon 3 Tura Satana Nov 24th, 2005 at 12:02 pm

    I just wanted to tell Dave that I do remember him and I appreciated his help with the bags and luggage. There are people who are gracious and there are those who are not. Suzie and I appreciated his help. Maybe some day, he will get a chance to see the film and know that I could have made them fit, but the girls were worried about their gear. I loved being in Atlanta and love the people there as well. I found that the women of the South (and some of the men) appreciated Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill! We had fun making the film and there were times when Russ and I would buck heads, but all in all, we still remained friends throughout the years until his death. I never did another film for him but he always appreciated my work. The only thing that I can say about FPKK is that we set the trend for other films like Thelma and Louise.

    Michael C. Barnes, I thank you for the nice things that you said about Russ and our film. We tried and we may not of made an academy award picture, but we did make a film that people will talk about for many years. It has that quality that we keep it forever in your mind, somewhere. I have to tell you that it is hard to be sexy and beautiful in 120 degrees in the shade. Especially when you are wearing black.

    As Always,
    Tura Satana

  4. Gravatar Icon 4 Michael Nov 24th, 2005 at 7:06 pm

    Tura,

    Well I must admit, you have made my day. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. If you get a chance to listen to the podcast itself (the audio portion) – I would appreciate any thoughts you may have. Given that today is Thanksgiving, your stopping by gave me even more to be thankful for.

    Michael

  5. Gravatar Icon 5 Marko Apr 1st, 2007 at 11:22 pm

    Amused by Dave who never saw the films… until last night, neither had I. Of course, have ALWAYS known about Russ Meyer’s cult films and longed to see them… the mere title of titles “FPKK” (which settles in the imagination like champagne with caviar) has always intrigued me. Not a big TV watcher, Sunday and Monday nights I do zap about a bit because here in Paris, that is the night most likely to find good films… and last night I came in on FPKK. What a pleasure!

    An ex composer of music & poet, it saddens me Russ is long gone because he’d likely know what to do with a kitch “punk-classical” opera I wrote some ten years ago called “Stocks and Bonds” about sex & power (with a sort of unconventional latex twist)… lot’s of artists have raved over it, but I’m too daft to be able to land a production (rather move on then keep trying) and have become comfortable working as a portrait, fashion & event photographer here in Paris to have the time to pursue opera… though it would make a great musical film, too.

    but if any of you have contacts with cult movie queens who swing through Paris… please come see me : I’d love to some time making you up for a little shoot here : even if you have developed a few wrinkles : all that counts, including films, music, wine and people : improve with age! Beauty in youth is a mere screen test. Real beauty is character and character develops with time (and the plot) non?!

    For me, that makes for a far better photo than these plastic little fashion models!
    Anyway the film lives up to it title! Great stuff!! Bises!!!

  6. Gravatar Icon 6 Just sat FPKK! Jul 11th, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    I was watching the film, and it looked AMAZINGLY like where I live, I was wondering where this outstanding piece of work was filmed? I watched it on AMC where some fashion guru proposed it for one of three choices to be viewed, (not a tv buff, so i am not sure of the name of the show) It made me wish I was alive back then to be manhandled by this amazing woman, Tura, A job well done!

  7. Gravatar Icon 7 mitch Jul 12th, 2007 at 7:35 am

    I was curious as well where it was filmed. If I had to guess its SW California (was that the Sultan Sea?) Arizona or Nevada. What I didnt pick-up on was the dry bed they were racing on.

  8. Gravatar Icon 8 Miles Feb 4th, 2009 at 6:37 am

    I am not a film critic or even a movie fan but i must say that this movie is one of the best i have ever seen. I just saw it yesterday.. First of all it is much much ahead of its time. Its general surreal/real atmosphere is fantastic and the girls are perfect especially Tura and Haji. What a perfect actress choice for a movie.. What a style on the girls.. It was considerably a very old movie but it is timeless…
    It is definitely a cult movie and one can see many resemblences of Tarantino’s works such as Kill Bill.. Even the name of the movie or the characters (Bill/Billie).

    I adore you Haji and Tura…

  9. Gravatar Icon 9 Michael Feb 4th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Miles,

    Thanks for your comments. This is one of my favorite films and a personal favorite Reel Review. Having spoken with Tura Satana’s manager and having Tura herself comment, it was a big deal for this humble film reviewer.

    Thank you for your comments – it is a great film. Many people miss the artistry involved because of the title or the “titillation” aspect, but in its raw form, genius is involved. That is why admit it or not, many directors have homages to Russ Meyer.

    Thanks,
    Michael

  10. Gravatar Icon 10 Lexie Hanson Feb 3rd, 2012 at 2:12 am

    I really like and appreciate your post.Thanks Again. Cool.

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