Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) - Episode 81
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WELCOME TO VIOLENCE. As part of our celebration of the centenary of the firebrand exploitation cinema pioneer Russ Meyer, superfan Devlin introduces the gang to his seminal 1965 superwomen spectacular Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
Belted and buckled badasses Varla, Rosie and Billie (exotic dancers Tura Santana, Haji, and Lori Williams) are three go-go dancers who tear across the desert in their sports cars in search of kicks - and they find more trouble than they'd bargained for when the fearsome Varla casually karate kills some poor sap after a drag race. Grabbing his traumatised girlfriend as a hostage, the trio hole up at the remote farmhouse of a twisted old man who they hear is sitting on a pile of cash, attempting to wheedle information about its whereabouts from the geezer and his two sons - one a musclebound near-mute link, the other a studious but blinkered 'regular' guy.
Chosen by Devlin and guest Patrick Crain as their preferred point of entry to the filmography of the fearsome Meyer, this monochromatic ode to powerful women, muscular cars, and southern Gothic weirdness showcases the director's fevered editing, razor sharp cinematography, and even sharper dialogue. Will Gali and Matt fall under the spell of the King of Sexploitation, or will this grindhouse walk on the weird side fail to get their motors running?
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