Wild Women, Wild Wheels!
Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
Wednesday, June 18th
Film starts at 8pm
Lady Jay’s, 633 Grand St, between Manhattan & Leonard, Brooklyn, NY 11211
“Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome to violence”
Gogo dancers by trade, these buxom girls (to say the least…it IS a Russ Meyer film after all) get their kicks racing sports cars and seeking thrills. They race hard, play hard and destroy everything and everyone in their path. They ARE their cars, and they have every curve to match.
Varla, the leader (played by famous burlesque dancer Tura Satana), sports devilish black skin tight clothes and bangs and drives a black 1965 Porsche 356 C “bomber”. Second in command, Rosie (Haji) drives a 1958 Triumph TR3A with cutaway doors. She’s a hard talking, no nonsense Italian, who loves only Varla. The blonde party girl, Billie (Lori Williams) drives a 1959 MG A 1600 Roadster MkI. Her “motor never stops running”, and though she’s no softie, she’s not the seasoned criminal that the other two are.
Billy: “She (Rosie) wears the pants alright, but somehow she always strips her gears”
Rosie: “go ahead sponge, soak it up, I’m a gonna love squeezing you out”
Having headed out to the desert to drag (after a brief stop to skinny dip of course) they encounter Tommy, “a Safety First Clyde” and his beach bunny girlfriend Linda in the desert where the bikini clad Linda is helping Tommy with timing trials for his auto club. The couple tries to befriend the trio. Little do they know what they’re getting into….They bat the couple around like cats with a mouse for a bit, until poor Tommy’s neck gets snapped, they kidnap Linda, and head out.
Linda: Would you like a soft drink?
Rosie: Honey, are you kidding? We don’t like anything soft!
Gas Station Attendant: [staring at Varla’s chest as he pumps gas] Just passing through, huh? Boy, that motor’s sure hot! You gals really must have been moving on these little machines. Yessir, the thrill of the open road. New places, new people, new sights of interest. Now that’s what I believe in, seeing America first!
Varla: You won’t find it down there, Columbus!
While gassing up, they overhear that an old cripple and his two sons have a fortune stashed on their ranch. They hatch a plan to separate the old man from his money and crash the ranch.
The Old Man: You girls a bunch of nudists, or are you just short on clothes?
The old man happily invites them in, disregarding their lame story about being sent by Linda’s family to bring her home after a terrible car accident killed her boyfriend. It soon becomes apparent that the spotty story is dismissed only because the old man has a sinister agenda of his own.
Hating trains and being a “bit funny” about women, he plots to kill the girls. Meanwhile Billie tries to make the dimwitted son “The vegetable” for kicks. Varla tries to make the other son, Kirk. Rosie gets more and more infuriated that Varla’s making anyone, and poor Linda just wants to get away.
“I’ll see you in hell, and we’re both even money to make it!” (old man, to Varla)
They go around and around like this for a bit, sides are changed, blood is shed. All in all no one’s conscious is clean, and they all get what’s coming to them, except Linda and Kirk. In the final scene, Linda finally runs Varla down, and ends the madness…
Linda: I killed her. Like an animal. A nothing.
Kirk: She was nothing. Nothing Human. A real Jekyll & Hyde
Trailer, with an awesome 60’s soundtrack by the Bostweeds.
Check out the little-known companion film (the male motorcycle version) Motor Psycho (1965), which screened last week at Cine Meccancia.