Bright Lights Film Journal

Hang Up Your Chick Habit

If you’ve seen Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof (2007) – either as part of the Grindhouse double bill or as a stand-alone feature – and you’ve also seen Russ Meyer’s grrrl power fantasy, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965), then you will probably recognize the former to be a quasi-remake, at least in spirit, of the latter. This is particularly true of Death Proof‘s triumphant final reel, in the course of which Zoë Bell, Rosario Dawson, et al. kick the shit out of Kurt Russell’s murderously misogynistic “Stuntman Mike.” One might even call it a cover.

“Chick Habit,” the terrifically catchy song by April March that plays over Death Proof ‘s end credits is, in turn, a cover of “Laisse tomber les filles,” composed by Serge Gainsbourg and originally performed by France Gall. Ms. March wrote the song’s English lyrics.

Hence, the appropriateness of recombining Gainsbourg’s & March’s song with Meyer’s original Faster, Pussycat! imagery in the video clip above. Nice.