Look.Listen.Read: Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

When I was about sixteen years old, most Friday nights found my friends and I heading to the Times Cinema for a random midnight movie.  The event, called the “Friday Night Freakshow,” typically ran cult classics to a rather rambunctious (i.e. drunk) crowd.  Typically I would show up drunk, laugh at the profane commentary howled out by my fellow moviegoers, and fall asleep.  On one occasion, though, I couldn’t keep my eyes off the screen.

The movie that particular evening was of course Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!.  At the time, the only thing I knew about the film was that it was directed by Russ Meyer.  And the only thing I knew about Russ Meyer was that his movies were full of women with huge boobs.  At 16 years old, that’s all it took.  I was sold.

Since it’s 1965 release, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! has become a classic.  It has been spoofed on The Simpsons, lines of dialogue from the film can be heard in White Zombie’s Thunderkiss ’65, and rumors that Quentin Tarantino will be directing a remake have been circulating for years.  Like it or not, Faster, Pussycat! is here to stay.

The film follows three go-go dancers (AKA six large breasts) with a penchant for racing their cars in the desert.  After meeting a young couple, the leading lady, Varla, murders the boyfriend and kidnaps the girlfriend to prevent her from going to the police.  Eventually, the group ends up on a decrepit ranch where an old man lives with his two sons.  After learning that the old man has a small fortune somewhere on the ranch, the women then fill the rest of this movie with nothing but sexually-charged dialogue, sexually-charged violence, and sexually-charged sex (weirdly enough, though, this is the only Russ Meyer film I’ve ever seen that has no nudity).

Though many consider Faster, Pussycat to be Russ Meyer’s opus, others tend to criticize the director for releasing what could be considered an exploitation film.  What they don’t realize is that Meyer is one of few male filmmakers to cast women in the lead roles (and they have huge boobs).  And in most cases, the women in his movies are portrayed as stronger and more confident then the men (and they have ginormous ta-tas).  And even though Faster, Pussycat’s leading ladies are essentially playing the villains, Meyer was able to give the characters so much depth that you’re still able to identify with them (as they bend over coyly and proudly expose their colossal cannons).

Okay, maybe this is an exploitation movie.  But whether I’m sixteen, twenty-eight, or eighty-eight; I’ll always love boobs.

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