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February 10, 2013 1:07 PM   Subscribe

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! - a look at Russ Meyer's finest film. (possibly NSFW)
posted by Artw (15 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

This lasts roughly two billion years. Afterwards, gazing into the valley of Varla as he smears her windshield with a dirty rag, he burbles something about the thrill of the open road and seeing America. “You won’t find it down there, Columbus!”

For my money, it's the best line in the film, and the paraphrase doesn't do it justice. Here's the actual quote:

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!

posted by Bunny Ultramod at 1:28 PM on February 10, 2013 [5 favorites]

Beneath the velley of the Ultra-Vixens is 10 times better and the screenplay was written by none othe than Roger Ebert.
posted by furtive at 1:36 PM on February 10, 2013 [5 favorites]

Does this mean today is Bad Movie Day? I'll put it in on the calendar.

(Yes, I've started a calendar. I can't figure out how to make it publicly viewable in Google Calendars though.)
posted by JHarris at 1:36 PM on February 10, 2013 [1 favorite]

Beneath the velley of the Ultra-Vixens

It's up there, as far as movies by Meyer go, and represents several themes coming to a peak, but I'm going to have to disagree - in my mind neither it nor Beyond the Valley of the Dolls are up to the level of freakish perfection that Faster Pussycat is at.
posted by Artw at 1:40 PM on February 10, 2013

Time to post my favorite movie quote that no one knows: "I give it ... Back to you..."
posted by dellsolace at 1:55 PM on February 10, 2013

I put the opening narration on my answering machine in college. I have made better decisions. But I did so love that perfectly canned example of period sexism and lunacy.
posted by Harvey Jerkwater at 2:09 PM on February 10, 2013 [2 favorites]

Do you want a soft drink?

We don't do nothin' soft. We do everything...hard...
posted by jonp72 at 2:12 PM on February 10, 2013

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to violence.

"Be sure to visit our... gift shop."
posted by JHarris at 2:15 PM on February 10, 2013

...why are all the images all GIFs?
posted by Decimask at 2:23 PM on February 10, 2013

What a lovely tribute to a fantastic film. Meyer had a hell of an eye for the camera angle, whether emphasizing the fantastic bodies of an actress or the depraved idiocy of one of the schlubs. Also this shot of the old man in the wheelchair makes me think Breaking Bad was doing a bit of an hommage.
posted by Nelson at 4:04 PM on February 10, 2013 [1 favorite]

Please let's not have Tarantino remake this.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 4:47 PM on February 10, 2013 [1 favorite]

"Beneath . . . " added to my film queue. Thanks, blue.
posted by grootless at 6:40 PM on February 10, 2013

More Russ Meyer at FreakyTrigger.
posted by Artw at 7:41 PM on February 10, 2013

I proudly own Faster, Pussycat! in its ideal form -- a videocassete* bought for two bucks from a video store's going-out-of-business sale.

*Of course, I dubbed it to DVD so I could actually watch the thing, which I may well do again tonight.

By the way, the theme song is a scream too. I wish I could find a recording.
posted by Gelatin at 8:22 AM on February 11, 2013

Here's a couple of Youtube copies of the Bostweeds song Run Pussy Cat: 1, 2. And here's 6 minutes of the Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Opening which features the theme song with men shouting "Go baby go!" over it.

Also I've got some bad news about a Tarantino remake. Although the rumors go back to 2008, so maybe everyone around him has explained what a horrible idea it would be and it's been sidetracked. QT: listen up! More Jackie Brown, less Pulp Fiction. Thanks!
posted by Nelson at 9:52 AM on February 11, 2013

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