Fantastic film marred by lackluster, overpriced DVD
Brian A. Dolge | Carpinteria, CA USA | 09/06/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is definitely a must see. That being said the transfer of this DVD is no better than my VHS copy. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! is a very noteworthy cult film and deserves something akin to the Criterion treatment. I saw a restored print on the big screen a few years ago and it was positvely gorgeous, high-contrast, luminous and sharp. The sound quality here is acceptable given the source, but picture quality of this DVD is muddy and faded looking, plus a seemingly improper/misaligned aspect ratio to boot. A 5 star film on a 2 star disc."
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Halamander | LA | 07/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"... this is the film you've been longing for.
I'm convinced there would never be a SIN CITY or PULP FICTION had there not been FASTER PUSSYCAT, KILL! KILL! The opening credits alone are among the most brilliant moments in cinema, and by the time you reach the end you may reach sensory overload.
Russ Meyers earned his place in cinematic history with this film, one that made flesh and blood the kind of women only seen in comic books. Its a movie made with love by talented hands, subject matter be damned, and is a unique vision to this day. Its too easy to write this movie off as a cult-ish "bad movie" until you've actually watched it.
Is is amoral? Not really, in fact there's a string of retribution that's almost karmic. Is it pornography? At the time, maybe, but that's questionable - there's really no nudity (that opening go-go dance is as risque as it gets!), only tight outfits and suggestion. Today it's less explicit than the average FOX reality show.
So... why watch it? Aside from being the most unabashedly fun pulpy film ever made, ts a textbook of lowbudget filmmaking, as daring as BLOOD SIMPLE or RESERVOIR DOGS. This femme fatale world of men portrayed as weak willed and predatory creatures at the mercy of women's sexual powers lingers, and would-be filmmakers should be intoxicated with the possibilities...
And therin lies PUSSYCAT's blessing and curse... for every Tarantino or Rodriguez it inspires to embrace their cinematic fetishes, its legacy is more bad direct to video movies glutting Blockbuster than good. These genuinely trashy (i.e.-poorly made, lazy sexploitation) films taint it in the public eyes, and I think the only remedy is for more people to see and love it.
"THAT WAS INTENSE!"
~Emilio Estevez, REPO MAN"
Coming At Ya From Six Different Dangerous Directions
Gary F. Taylor | Biloxi, MS USA | 10/08/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While there are some who argue that it is a pro-feminist flick with lots of social significance, truth is FASTER PUSSYCAT KILL KILL is a very deliberately made bit of ultra-drive-in trash, a movie that glories in all things low-brow, low-rent, and low-necklined. And it has a cast that makes up for their collective lack of talent with attitude to spare.
The story is as hooty as the cast. Tura Satana, she of the lethal cleavage, leads minions Haji and Lori Williams away from the grind of their jobs at the go-go joint and out into the desert. They race their cars. They wrestle in the water and then in the sand. They dance the watusi. They bump off this guy who shows up wearing plaid shorts. (You might read this as a mercy killing.) Then they set their sights on an old lech and his dum-dum sons, hoping to make away with their money. Faster Pussycat indeed!
The script is deliberately absurd, with an emphasis on memorable one liners that try to out-cliche all known cliches. But the real attraction here are the "pussycats." It isn't often that you see a 2D movie with 3D effects, but that's exactly what happens when Tura, Haji, Lori, and their six talents hit the screen. These are three big-busted, nip-waisted women with evil attitude, and they sneer, snarl, snap, and slither around the screen with all the aplomb of trailer park drag queens gone bad. It's more "tacky cool" than a 1965 plastic jewelry box explosion.
Now, how much you like this sort of thing really depends on how warped your sense of humor is. Cheap though it is, the thing is remarkably well done, and taken in the right way the combination of trailer-park chic, retro-hysteria, and ultra-attitude is a lot of fun... and when the pussycats hit the screen you may think you're about to get a black eye, and I don't mean from their fists! Breakout the popcorn and some protective glasses: Tura and the Pussycats are coming at ya!
GFT, Amazon Reviewer"
Faster Pussycat Kill Kill-Undisputed Classic!
Boozer | albany, ny United States | 04/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I absolutely love this film.
It's starts with some classic nonsensical voiceover about the violence lurking in women and the unmistakable "smell of female" before cutting to our three stars dancing at the go-go club for some disturbingly enthusiastic male patrons. "go baby go go go!"
We're quickly brought to the dessert where our story unfolds. Apparently these three unbelievably buxom ladies are a "team" of sorts who don't mind a little violence and mayhem which is quickly proved when their leader kills a man with her bare hands and then kidnaps his whiny girlfriend. They hatch a plan to rob an old local miser of his life savings. The miser is shockingly misogynistic and has two sons, one of whom is a muscle bound vegetable. The details and background of these two is slowly revealed through some incredible patches of dialogue which border on campy but maintain a sort of dark edge. And while there is no nudity or sex depicted anywhere in the film, it is somehow a constant presence: Billie's hillarious attempts at seducing the "vegetable", Varla's gravity defying neckline, the leering old man-it's all sex without being overly graphic unlike later Russ Meyer films. The dialogue is insanely quotable as it just gets weirder and weirder:the dinner scene is just amazing. "I never try anything I just do it. Wanna try me?" You Tarzan Me Jane, now grab a vine and let's swing" "when I've had enough of this (whiskey) it's been known to be passin'-out-time!" "we don't like anything soft. Everything we touch is hard" All the "guilty" characters (which is almost everyone) get their comeuppance in the end in a variety of gruesome deaths. There really aren't words to do this film justice. It is a full-on over the top, sexually charged, near camp, film noir masterpiece. Watch it again and again and again."