Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Ladies and gentlemen… Welcome to violence.

There’s a lot more to the genre of exploitative films than simply the subgenre of blaxploitation. Here’s a prime example; Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! is a film by Russ Meyer about the literal exploits of a trio of badass car vixens with a penchant for violence and an even greater penchant for acting tough in the face of it. They take nothing from nobody, do as they please, and damned if you like them or dislike them because of it. They make for intriguing characters, at the least, or rather they would, if the film had any semblance of quality about it.

The production value in this one is second to none, and by that I mean on a scale of none to a hundred, it’s probably somewhere around two or so. The actresses read their lines as if they are literally reading their lines, with absolutely no delivery whatsoever, which only makes all the innuendo that much more provocative (“Wanna take a look under my hood?”). Really, everything that this film does is done with about as much professionalism as a tin can, from the grubby black-and-white cinematography, to the excessive and practically explicit soundtrack, to the blocky script so full of catchwords it is downright laughable. But, all in all, that’s pretty much the point; to laugh and chuckle at the bombastic qualities and campiness of the film. Now, why that makes this a must see, I don’t know, but it was one of the rare times I was able to legitimately enjoy a so-called “bad film” such as this.

Even with all I’ve said, I still can’t give this film a good rating; it’s just too poor in pretty much every single way for me to give it a genuine recommendation. But for those who enjoy a blatantly campy bad flick, or a purely exploitative piece of work, this will definitely be right up your alley, in more ways than one. Just don’t expect the next Citizen Kane or Gone with the Wind going into this one; as long as your expectations end up meeting the experience, you shouldn’t be too disappointed with this. And if you are, well, given the quality of the film, I guess I can’t blame you.

Arbitrary Rating: 6/10


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