Tura Thursday: Be Grabbed!
“Tura Thursday” is a regular series celebrating the legacy of the late, great Tura Satana, best known as Varla in the 1965 Russ Meyer cult classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!. This series is curated by Tura’s longtime manager, friend, confidant and CEO of Tura Satana Productions, Siouxzan Perry.
In 1965, a film was tossed casually into the ether of America’s cinemas and multiplexes. Its name was “Faster Pussycat! Kill Kill!” It was shot – mostly on location – in black and white on a budget of $45,000 (roughly $300,000 in todays money). It had a flimsy plotline, girl-on girl violence, desert sports car chases and relentless sexual exploitation. It is one of the best B-movies of all time.
It is shot in such a way that an underlying current of the sinister runs throughout the film alongside its flamboyancy, obviously making the whole film’s sex appeal fly through the roof. Some would argue that such was the power the women held over male characters in this film – from killing their first victim to robbing their second – that Russ Meyer has become, in retrospect, an inadvertent feminist film-maker.