Interestment’s Top Four: Beautiful Maniacs

Published: 27th May, 2009

This icy one just slipped the net…

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Nothing butters a man’s whistle quite like the thrill of potential danger. Were you to brutally question a group of grown men about their late night desires – from booming businessmen, to nervous stuttering magazine editors – all would eventually admit that were a woman to introduce a loaded gun to the bedroom routine, it would not necessarily be a bad thing. In many cases, you wouldn’t even need to wait for an answer, their sweating upper lip and increasingly twitchy eyes would be the real giveaway. Men, it seems, are very strange, complex people. With that in mind, we thought it wise to trawl through our collective memories to pull out the most gorgeous, and yet most terrifying, women in cinema. We came up with these complete nutters…

1. Faye Dunaway, Bonnie and Clyde

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What a woman Faye Dunaway was, playing the arch bank robber and gun wielding maniac, Bonnie Parker. She starts off enjoying childlike stick ups with her boyfriend Clyde, then, before you know it, they’re waving guns around, shooting people in the face, and eventually getting butchered by the cops. Throughout it all, Dunaway has never looked more adorable.

2. Tura Satana, Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

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In the Russ Meyer classic, Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, Tura played Varla, a murderous go-go dancer with an insatiable lust for violence and money. In real life she was a martial arts expert, who gathered a reputation for being able to really handle herself. A very tough cookie indeed, she was half-Japanese.

3. Salma Hayek, From Dusk till Dawn

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Hayek plays Santanico Pandemonium, a curvaceous vampire who cannot control her rampant blood lust. A lust which she initially disguises by doing a really sexy dance for George Clooney and his buddies, before going on a killing spree. It is exactly that balance of sensuality followed by extreme acts of violence that would make her character very unnerving as a girlfriend.

4. Pam Grier, Foxy Brown

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The unofficial sequel to Coffy, Foxy Brown finds the amazing Pam Grier on a revenge mission after her boyfriend is murdered by the government – or, in this case, The Man. Cue much wrestling, gun weilding, and even a spot of castration. She’s “a whole lot of woman”, says one character. He’s right.

Of course, we couldn’t possibly provide such an array of hardness for the guys without a little something violent and unruly for the girls. Below is Steven Segal.

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You’re welcome.

Josh Burt
About the author:
Josh has been a writer and journalist for the best part of twenty years and has written for modern staples like FHM and Cosmopolitan and The Daily Telegraph and The Sun. He has also written a small handful of so-so books that you can still buy.

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