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Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Released Feb 1, 1967 1h 24m Action List
75% Tomatometer 32 Reviews 78% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings
Russ Meyer's cult favorite follows sadistic go-go dancers Varla (Tura Satana), Rosie (Haji) and Billie (Lori Williams) as they break free from the nightclub where they perform and race out to the desert to stir up a little mayhem. After karate expert Varla kills an innocent man, the voluptuous trio takes his girlfriend (Susan Bernard) hostage as they attempt to wheedle a hidden fortune from a misogynistic old man (Paul Trinka) and his muscle-bound, brain-damaged son (Dennis Busch). Read More Read Less
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

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Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! is undoubtedly shlock, but director Russ Meyer's infectious affection for camp gives this anarchic joyride exhilarating flair.

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Jonathan Romney Guardian A little Meyer goes a long way, but this is one of his more coherent and -- in a peculiar way -- restrained essays in trash madness. Mar 2, 2024 Full Review Stephen Amidon Financial Times Although the plot is risible and the acting Cro-Magnon, the film is brilliantly shot, throbbing with raw energy and skewed humor. Mar 1, 2024 Full Review Variety Staff Variety Some good performances emerge from a one-note script via very good Russ Meyer direction and his outstanding editing. Mar 28, 2007 Full Review Sheila Reid Women in the Life It is great if you’re into cheap, trashy movies. Who could ask for more? May 13, 2022 Full Review Brandon Judell Brandon Judell (Medium) Once considered porn-ish, the flick has now gained quite a few feminist credentials. Jan 12, 2022 Full Review Felix Vasquez Jr. Cinema Crazed A mystery, exploitation film, and hot rod thriller all rolled into one busty package. May 29, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member The movie is mediocre, possibly worth a rewatch. The main theme in the intro and outro is very catchy and I’d love to hear it remastered. Good performances, I just feel like it could have been better. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 05/25/24 Full Review Joseph M The greatest film of all time. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/19/23 Full Review StephenPaul C The greatest 01 hour: and 24 minutes ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/18/23 Full Review Stefano L I agree with John Waters: "This is the greatest motion picture ever made!!" Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/18/23 Full Review Tom K I don't think there has been a film since that has featured a female lead in the way Tura is here. A simple story but what a powerful character. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/16/23 Full Review William L Pure exploitative film, raw fetishism of everything that America considered salaciously taboo in the mid-20th century; powerful women in form-fitting outfits, gratuitous violence, fast cars, and free sex. It's visceral, gaudy, and often silly, but that doesn't necessarily make it worthless. It's pulp in a way that fully embraces the genre identity, there's not an ounce of pretension or the sense that it's masquerading as something 'legitimate' that happens to embrace racy elements. Though I have my doubts that it was done to appeal to socially conscious moviegoers by making a powerful statement on gender identity, Russ Meyer certainly knew exactly what he was doing by playing against norms, framing his female characters in powerful positions and intentionally conflating male and female roles. If Douglas Sirk made soap operas into social commentaries, then Meyer did the same with exploitation films. Meyer just had more fun with it. (3.5/5) Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 07/13/21 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Russ Meyer's cult favorite follows sadistic go-go dancers Varla (Tura Satana), Rosie (Haji) and Billie (Lori Williams) as they break free from the nightclub where they perform and race out to the desert to stir up a little mayhem. After karate expert Varla kills an innocent man, the voluptuous trio takes his girlfriend (Susan Bernard) hostage as they attempt to wheedle a hidden fortune from a misogynistic old man (Paul Trinka) and his muscle-bound, brain-damaged son (Dennis Busch).
Director
Russ Meyer
Producer
Russ Meyer, Eve Meyer
Screenwriter
Russ Meyer, Jackie Moran
Genre
Action
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Feb 1, 1967, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 16, 2018
Runtime
1h 24m