Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)

83 mins | Melodrama | 1965

Director:

Russ Meyer

Writer:

Jack Moran

Producers:

Russ Meyer, Eve Meyer

Cinematographer:

Walter Schenk

Editor:

Russ Meyer

Production Company:

Eve Productions
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HISTORY

According to the 9 Feb 1966 Var review, the independent picture was made in the CA desert for $44,000. Modern sources, including the 14 Apr 1995 Atlanta Constitution, noted the original title was Leather Girls, and reported a $67,000 budget, with filming occurring in CA’s Mojave Desert for nearly three weeks. Additional alternate titles were The Mankillers and Pussycat.
       First-time actress, Tura Satana, was recruited by Haji, who had recently completed filming her first feature with Russ Meyer, Motor Psycho (1965, see entry), as reported in Atlanta Constitution. Haji worked with fellow-stripper, Satana, and knew that she had martial arts experience. Satana performed her own stunts onscreen. The 2005 documentary short film, Go, Pussycat, Go! interviewed the film's stars and discussed the making of the cult hit film. Tura Satana states that she and Haji were working as exotic dancers at the Pink Pussycat nightclub in Van Nuys, CA, at the time, and noted that the club served as the location of the opening sequences of Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! where actual customers portrayed the men in the audience.
       The 19 Apr 1966 LAT review for filmmaker Russ Meyer’s Rope of Flesh (a.k.a. Mudhoney, see entry), which was also released in 1965, listed the alternate title, Faster, Pussycat! Wham! Bang! The two features were booked together at multiple theaters. Advertisements for the double-billings were preceded by a warning, following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, as listed in the 22 Apr 1966 LAT, which read: “Adults: Although these films are of redeeming ... More Less

According to the 9 Feb 1966 Var review, the independent picture was made in the CA desert for $44,000. Modern sources, including the 14 Apr 1995 Atlanta Constitution, noted the original title was Leather Girls, and reported a $67,000 budget, with filming occurring in CA’s Mojave Desert for nearly three weeks. Additional alternate titles were The Mankillers and Pussycat.
       First-time actress, Tura Satana, was recruited by Haji, who had recently completed filming her first feature with Russ Meyer, Motor Psycho (1965, see entry), as reported in Atlanta Constitution. Haji worked with fellow-stripper, Satana, and knew that she had martial arts experience. Satana performed her own stunts onscreen. The 2005 documentary short film, Go, Pussycat, Go! interviewed the film's stars and discussed the making of the cult hit film. Tura Satana states that she and Haji were working as exotic dancers at the Pink Pussycat nightclub in Van Nuys, CA, at the time, and noted that the club served as the location of the opening sequences of Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! where actual customers portrayed the men in the audience.
       The 19 Apr 1966 LAT review for filmmaker Russ Meyer’s Rope of Flesh (a.k.a. Mudhoney, see entry), which was also released in 1965, listed the alternate title, Faster, Pussycat! Wham! Bang! The two features were booked together at multiple theaters. Advertisements for the double-billings were preceded by a warning, following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, as listed in the 22 Apr 1966 LAT, which read: “Adults: Although these films are of redeeming social importance and artistic merit, they are recommended exclusively for liberal persons over 18. This program is ultra realistic, yet it provides insight into the psychological basis for uncommon pathological behavior. Because of the recent Supreme Court decision on obscenity (‘Eros Mag.’), we are attempting to advertise these films in a manner both honest and in good taste.” An item in the 1 Jun 1966 Var referred to the ruling in the 1965 Ralph Ginzburg, Eros magazine, case which prompted the warnings, stating: “Art work for the first of these [advertisement] efforts was usual lurid stuff, including [a] blackbooted, amply endowed young lady about to twist the arm off a prone man, and ditto young lady (or another shot of same) wielding a whip in the background.”
       Var’s 9 Feb 1966 review for Faster, Pussycat, Kill! Kill! remarked that Russ Meyer’s talent as a director “belongs in bigger and stronger films,” applauding his “visual sense,” polished editing, and strong pacing. His downfall, according to the reviewer, was the “one-note script” and less-than-stellar performers.
       On 14 Sep 1966, Var indicated that the picture was still in release at drive-ins and small independent theaters.
       Various modern sources indicated that director John Waters brought attention to the film in the late 1970s and early 1980s when, as an up-and-coming filmmaker, he deemed Faster, Pussycat, Kill! Kill! "the best picture ever made." Soon after, the film garnered a cult following. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Los Angeles Times
19 Apr 1966
p. 30.
Los Angeles Times
22 Apr 1966
Section C, p. 10.
The Atlanta Constitution
14 Apr 1995
p. 8.
Variety
9 Feb 1966
p. 6.
Variety
1 Jun 1966
p. 5.
Variety
14 Sep 1966
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Eve Productions Inc. presents
A film by Russ Meyer
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
Asst dir
2d unit dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Prod
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
From an orig story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus themes
Mus themes
VISUAL EFFECTS
Optical eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod asst
Prod asst
Sports car racing consultant
Sports car racing consultant
Sports car racing consultant
Sports car racing consultant
Coord
SOURCES
SONGS
"Faster Pussycat," sung by The Bostweeds, lyrics by Rick Jarrard, music by Paul Sawtell and Bert Shefter.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Mankillers
Leather Girls
Pussycat
Faster, Pussycat! Wham! Bang!
Release Date:
1965
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles showing: 6 August 1965
Copyright Claimant:
Eve Productions
Copyright Date:
1 February 1966
Copyright Number:
LP32194
Duration(in mins):
83
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Three go-go watusi dancers set out in a racing sports car for a few days of adventure, violence, and seduction. Leading the pack is Varla, a karate expert whose lesbian lover, Rosie, is little more than an obedient slave. The third woman, Billie, is somewhat reluctant to join in the escapade and is the only one possessing any redeeming qualities. Following a water fight in a nearby lake, the women challenge a young couple, Tommy and Linda, to a "chicken race." Varla wins by resorting to unfair tactics, and when Tommy objects she breaks his back with a karate chop. Horrified, Linda faints from shock. Leaving Tommy's body behind, the women take Linda hostage and drive to a country gas station run by an old man confined to a wheelchair and his muscle-bound, dim-witted son, simply called Vegetable. Upon learning that the old man has a cache of money hidden somewhere, the women decide to find a means of getting their hands on it. While Varla and Rosie continue their snooping--and lovemaking--Billie sets out to seduce Vegetable and is aided by the voyeuristic old man, who encourages his son to rape the girl. Events come to a climax with the arrival of Kirk, the old man's other son, who hangs around for the sake of his brother's welfare. When Varla attempts to seduce him as a means of learning where the money is hidden, the jealous Rosie gets drunk and passes out. Seeking to escape from her evil companions, Billie tries to run away, but she is caught and knifed in the back by Varla. When Rosie returns to the scene of the murder to retrieve the knife, Vegetable ... +


Three go-go watusi dancers set out in a racing sports car for a few days of adventure, violence, and seduction. Leading the pack is Varla, a karate expert whose lesbian lover, Rosie, is little more than an obedient slave. The third woman, Billie, is somewhat reluctant to join in the escapade and is the only one possessing any redeeming qualities. Following a water fight in a nearby lake, the women challenge a young couple, Tommy and Linda, to a "chicken race." Varla wins by resorting to unfair tactics, and when Tommy objects she breaks his back with a karate chop. Horrified, Linda faints from shock. Leaving Tommy's body behind, the women take Linda hostage and drive to a country gas station run by an old man confined to a wheelchair and his muscle-bound, dim-witted son, simply called Vegetable. Upon learning that the old man has a cache of money hidden somewhere, the women decide to find a means of getting their hands on it. While Varla and Rosie continue their snooping--and lovemaking--Billie sets out to seduce Vegetable and is aided by the voyeuristic old man, who encourages his son to rape the girl. Events come to a climax with the arrival of Kirk, the old man's other son, who hangs around for the sake of his brother's welfare. When Varla attempts to seduce him as a means of learning where the money is hidden, the jealous Rosie gets drunk and passes out. Seeking to escape from her evil companions, Billie tries to run away, but she is caught and knifed in the back by Varla. When Rosie returns to the scene of the murder to retrieve the knife, Vegetable assumes that she is responsible for Billie's death and kills her. Desperate, the old man heads back to the house in his wheelchair for his shotgun. But Varla smashes him down with her sports car and finds the cache of money, which had been hidden in the wheelchair. She then tries to kill Vegetable, but his brute strength is sufficient to hold back her surging sports car. Kirk and Linda arrive, and a death struggle ensues during which Kirk is forced to fight Varla as though combating a man. Sensing that he is losing, Linda jumps into a truck and drives it at full force into Varla. +

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