Friday, July 31, 2009

A Psychopathic Serial-Killing Synthorg Stripper -- Spree

When I was in junior high, the sudden advent of VCRs and cable TV transformed my teenage life. For the first time, I had access to “adult” movies. I’m not talking XXX porn. I’m talking sexploitation & blaxploitation films like Vixen!, Foxy Brown, Ilsa: She-Wolf of the SS, I Spit on Your Grave, and Women in Cages. By the time I was in high school, I’d immersed myself in the entire lexicon of trashy ‘60s and ‘70s softcore. Of all these films, however, one stood above the rest:

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (Russ Meyer, 1965)

The title still makes me salivate to this day. Psycho-killer go-go dancers. I mean, what’s NOT to love? I first saw Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! during my junior year in high school. I’d seen my share of violent sexploitation B-movies prior to FPKK, but nothing prepared me for the adventures of Billie, Rosie, and Varla.

Russ Meyer’s paean to oversexed, sadistic, thrill-killing überfrauen directly inspired my creation of Spree, Götterdämmerung’s psychotic, serial-killing, synthorg stripper. As originally conceived back in the early ‘80s, Spree was a two-dimensional cyborg hybrid, kind of a cross between the Bionic Woman and Deathlok. Possessing the body of Adrienne Barbeau, the face of Charlene Tilton, and the personality of FPKK’s Varla, Spree delighted in committing sadistic psychosexual atrocities upon men, women, and children alike. Within the feminine ranks of Maniac’s Götterdämmerung, Spree’s penchant for viciousness was only surpassed by Mosquito and a young psychotic prodigy named Marisol Garcia, a.k.a. Slice.

As I further developed Spree’s character in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, I began crafting a suitable back-story of appalling childhood sexual abuse to explain her extreme psychopathology. Borrowing biographical bits from real-life killers like Karla Homolka and Aileen Wuornos, I created a more three-dimensional version of Spree, which made her both more compelling and more horrific. In these later stories, Spree developed a lesbian infatuation with teenage Slice, who reciprocated to some degree before turning away from Götterdämmerung and joining the forces of good. Needless to say, Spree viewed Slice’s defection not only as a desertion from Maniac’s cause but also as a personal betrayal.

Spree, as I originally wrote her, was literally a killing machine. Every limb on her body featured a highly-destructive weapon. When I introduced the character to Tony Lewis, however, he reconceived the nature of her hybrid powers.

Tony saw Spree not as a stereotypical, clichéd cyborg, but rather a kind of “synthorg.” In Tony’s rendering, Spree’s arsenal isn’t comprised of conventional weapons attached to her body. Instead, the weapons become organic in nature, growing out of her body like synthetic appendages. The bullets fired from her bodily weaponry actually form from her living skeleton. Some twenty-five years after her creation, Tony has finally transformed Spree into a true living weapon.

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