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R.I.P. Tura Satana – Goddess of the Female Badass

I don’t know about you, but when someone mentions the term “Cinematic Female Badass”, I think if Tura Satana’s role of Varla in Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Sure, there have been recent female badasses that have graced the silver screen, but no one was as seductive and menacing as Varla.  I had the chance to meet her a few times back in 2008 in Toronto and here in St. Louis.  My friend Tom Stockman even helped bring her to the Way Out Club to hang out, watch Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and even judge a burlesque contest.  I’m truly saddened to give you the news that Tura Satana has passed on.  The star of Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and Astro-Zombies died yesterday at 5pm in Reno, NV at the age of 75.  When I met her 3 years ago she was still full of spunk and didn’t take shit from anyone.  She was totally open about her past and was an influential role model on women.  We will miss you Tura.

You can check out the recorded Q&A that I did in conjunction with Rue Morgue Magazine below:

Russ Meyer’s Faster Pussycat Kill!..kill! (DVD)

Director: Russ Meyer
Starring: Tura Satana, Haji, Stuart Lancaster, Lori Williams, Susan Bernard
Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Black & White/83 Minutes

FASTER PUSSYCAT, KILL! KILL! is the story of a new breed of SUPERWOMEN emerging out of the ruthlessness of our times. We are introduced to three BUXOM Go-Go girls: VARLA, ROSIE, and BILLIE, wildly dancing the Watusi before the leers, jeers and lecherous come-ons of their drooling all-male audience. The violence, implicit in the girls’ tease, is quickly moved out of the microcosmic bar into the outside world as they literally let go of themselves, embarking on a wild, violent, deadly journey of vengeance on all men. VARLA, the outrageously abundant KARATE MASTER leader of the pack, breaks the arms and back of one man, runs her Porsche over two others, grinds a fourth, a muscleman, against a wall and, eventually, deliberately goes down the path of her own self-destruction, dragging her two BUXOTIC cohorts along with her.
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Andy Triefenbach is the Editor-in-Chief and owner of In addition to his role on the site, he also programs St. Louis' monthly horror & exploitation theatrical midnight program, Late Nite Grindhouse. Coming from a household of a sci-fi father and a horror/supernatural loving mother, Andy's path to loving genre film was clear. He misses VHS and his personal Saturday night 6 tape movie marathons from his youth.
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  • Jack J

    RIP, Tura.

    PS: if anybody hasn't got FASTER PUSSYCAT they're much better off getting the UK reg. 2 DVD instead of the one you're linking to. The UK disk (from Arrow Films) has commentary tracks from Russ Meyer and the chicks + a documentary. It's around 7 bucks US from (no, I don't work for them, lol).

  • Michael

    This sucks! Last I heard she was in talks to appear in another Astro-Zombies film as well as cameo in Rob Zombies still unmade Tyrannosaurus Rex. This is a shame. What a loss.