Do you like Josey and the Pussycats, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Motel Hell? If you answered yes, you might be the target audience for the Argentinian bonkers gore fest: PussyCake. The plot? Your guess is as good as mine, but the best I can figure is that someone opened a very unfortunate interdimensional portal at the same time as an all-girl rock band on the back side of its fame and decides to give it one more good effort. If you need more details than that, I’m sorry–you won’t get them here. What you will get is every single plot hole filled with slimy little brain suckers and every muttering of confusion answered with a firehose of alien vomit to the face.
To my surprise, I didn’t really leave with many questions despite the lack of story development. After a brief intro where we see a teenager unwittingly open a possible portal (or maybe invite dangerous aliens over?), the movie truly kicks off as PussyCake wraps up a show and gets in the van to head to another.
In that time you get all the character development you need as the women interact with each other in ways that evoke the kind of understanding and short hand that comes with years-long friendships. Once the band and their manager hit the next town, they realize that not only is the show promoter not there to meet them…no one seems to be around at all. As they start to search for signs of life, they get way more than they wanted as those still moving seem to be in a vicious zombie-like state. This is where things get gross and gooey, and it doesn’t let up until the credits roll. PussyCake knows what it is and why you’ve turned it on, and it is not here to waste your time. Most of the effects are practical, and I’m guessing a large percentage of the budget went straight into alien vomit.
Although I am disappointed that we get to hear so few PussyCake original songs, the entire movie has the vibe of a late 1990s pop music video. Those videos used to have such an odd amount of madcap action, and that’s what director Pablo Parés gives us here as well. I also want to note the costume design. These women were dressed to go on stage and thus are fighting to the death in sparkly, fuzzy, iridescent radiance! The creature design and special effects makeup are, likewise, obvious bright spots. The effects team has taken familiar ideas and twisted them just enough to give us something new to look at without having to use too much time explaining just what that is.
By the end of PussyCake’s 82 minute runtime you’re going to wonder what you’ve seen. You’re even likely to turn to the person next to you and ask “What the fuck was that?!”. It’s a film best consumed with a group of friends who have strong stomachs and can overlook a loosely spun story. If you aren’t the type of viewer who can grab onto silliness and go along for the ride, this won’t be for you. But if you come in looking for a blood-soaked good time you won’t be disappointed.
PussyCake made its North American Premiere at Chattanooga Film Festival 2022.