by Adam M. Wilcox
This is an exploitation film from 1965. For those who don’t know exploitation films, there are several really great documentaries that I will recommend at another time. Most of these movies exist slightly outside of the Hollywood machine. They often had low budgets, little known actors, and were produced to be shown in drive ins, or cheaper matinees.
Why do i like THIS particular film so much? With a name like “Faster Pussy Cat! Kill! Kill!” I was expecting to laugh pretty bad. I mean it sounds like an Ed Wood movie. Surprisingly, I got really hooked by the dialogue and the plot of the movie, because it reminds me very much of a Quentin Tarantino movie. And that is because Quentin Tarantino loves exploitation movies, and made his career by merging this style with Hollywood, and casting A list actors in them, and making a shit load of money. Anyways.
The story revolves around 3 go go dancers, who like cheap thrills and racing fancy cars out in the California salt flats. These girls are wild, rough, and give absolutely no fucks. When a man is killed during a post race fight, the 3 girl gang kidnaps his girlfriend and tosses her in the back seat. After some dialogue with a particularly chatty gas station attendant, the trio winds up at a house inhabited by an old crippled man, and his dim witted son. Apparently the rumor is that the old man got paralyzed in a locomotive accident, sued the railroad, and is sitting on a hidden fortune. Varla, and her cronies would love to get there hands on the sweet sweet cash. The rest is a tense thriller with a very action packed climactic ending.
I went into this expecting giggles, and got hooked into the story, and dialogue. These girls might not be Hollywood actors, but they are definitely committed to these roles. This movie is considered smut by 1965 standards, but this is the same year that movies like Cat Ballou, Doctor Zhivago, For A Few Dollars More, and The Sound of Music came out. Also if your expecting gratuitous nudity, you will be disappointed, there is little if all, but it IS violent. I think I get where Tarantino is coming from, this movie is brilliant and so much better than most of the crap floating around in the cinemas now. I can see why this has a cult following. I found it very entertaining from start to finish. I am giving this movie a full recommendation, and a full 5 out of 5 cheese curds.