Three big breasted go-go dancing babes set out on a journey of violence towards men. After a fight with a man out in the desert, the leader of the pack ends up killing him, only to have his small petite girlfriend being a witness to it all. The girlfriend ends up becoming kidnapped while they try to steal the money from an old, women hating man who lives in a close to abandoned house in the middle of nowhere along with his two sons.
Russ Meyer is known specifically for one thing, large breasted women in movies. I am fairly new to his films, but this much I knew. "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" is the only film I have a memory of seeing before, so this is the film I started with, and it was far from what I remembered. There wasn't much left in my memory, so that's not saying alot, but it was certainly a possitive thing none the less.
The film is about the three ladies, Varla, Rosie and Billie. They drive around in three sport cars and make life a living hell for men. It all starts with them being in the middle of the desert just driving around, messing around with eachother. A car comes from nowhere, and out of the car comes a guy and his girlfriend. The guy asks if he can do some driving while his girlfriend takes his time, but this ends with the three girls wanting to race him. And so they do, and when he's about to win, Varla drives his car off the track. Things go the way you'd expect; a fight breaks out. Varla snaps his neck, and now they have a hysterical girl on their hands. After kidnapping her, they make up a story that her boyfriend died in a racing accident, and that they're driving her home. This story is what they tell an old man and his sons while they're there to steal the money he old fart has hidden somewhere. The old man hates women, and thinks of trains as being ghosts, so it's safe to say that he's a weirdo. His one son is a big muscular retard, and his other son is completely normal and probably too nice. This trio meets the female trio, and in the middle of it all is the kidnapped girlfriend.
It's a fun plot, no intelligence is needed to understand what's going on. If you have two eyes and enjoy good old exploitation with plenty of humor put into it, this would be your film. At times, like so many other seems to have noticed too, the plot has a "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" feel to it, so I wouldn't be surprised if Tobe Hooper was a little influenced by the desert family, and then I especially mean the old man in a wheelchair. The film becomes a little repeative once they arrive at the house and I would probably have enjoyed the film more if it stayed a full blown road movie. Putting that thought aside, it probably worked out for the best, because the script feels solid and the characters are believable. At times it's all about the acting. The car scenes, the fighting, you name it. The next second it'll have a bunch of silly jokes and intentional stupidity, only to be followed by almost creepy moments with the three women and the strange family. The acting might not be perfect all the time, but it's certainly approved for a film of this kind. Let alone for a 60's film about large breasted women who kill off men. So overall, it was a well done film, everything worked out the way it should have. Russ Meyer knew what he was trying to do, and it's easy to see why his name got as big as it did. If there is one thing I would've liked them to worked more on, it would be the relationship between Varla and Rosie, who apparently were lovers. I found this out by watching the featurette on the DVD, and the actors said they had no idea themselves until in the middle of filming when Russ Meyer told them. If only they could've put a lesbian scene in there!
"Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" is a thrilling and sexy ride with plenty of babes, and plenty of comedy. It's an easy watch, and anyone who wants to see some female domination (and I don't mean the kind where they fuck men with strap-ons) doesn't need to look any further than this. I hope Meyer's other films keeps this standard, because it's everything it has to be, and this has in just a few hours became one of my favorite films from the golden 60's and 70's trash era.