The Wasp Woman – The head of a large cosmetics company experiments on herself with a youth formula made from royal jelly extracted from wasps, but the formula’s side effects have deadly consequences.
The Wasp Woman (1959)
Director: Roger Corman
Writers: Leo Gordon(screenplay), Kinta Zertuche(story)
Stars: Susan Cabot, Anthony Eisley, Barboura Morris
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: United States
Release Date: 5 July 1959 (USA)
Duration: 73 min
Filming Location: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Janice Starlin, the owner of a cosmetics firm, sees that her fading beauty is not only causing waves in her personal life but causing some prestige problems for her also-fading business. She becomes an easy mark for a pseudo-scientist, Eric Zinthrop, who claims to have developed a serum from the enzymes of wasps that will turn aging skin to youthful-looking skin. The second-best thing to a time machine. She, without any hesitation, agrees to be the first human to try the Zinthro injections. But, as her beauty returns, her secretary, Mary Dennison, and her advertising executive, Bill Lane, notices she is also having a personality change and it isn’t for the better, albeit she was no Miss Congegeniality to begin with. Then, Zinthrop gets hit by an automobile, for plot-development purposes, and is somewhat incapacitated and not in any shape to be whipping up any new batches of Zinthrop’s Wasp Enzyme Injection Serum and, without her enzyme injections, Janice turns into a wasp-like woman and meaner that a yellow-jacket hornet. Several people don’t live to regret coming into contact with her, and this is not good for the business, either.
“Oh what a silly film this is. Its also a great deal of fun. The story is wildly silly, there’s a monster that looks ridiculous, and enough skill behind the camera to produce just the right amount of tension to keep you watching. It all combines to form a perfectly charming little movie.
Good, but far from great, the Wasp Woman gets its classic status from the fact that the film used to be in permanent rotation on late night horror TV. I can’t tell you how many times my mind was warped by this little gem over the years. It seemed it was always on and pretty much everyone I knew saw it over and over again. It became a joke of sorts as the quintessential “bad movie”, its bug eyed monster in tights was exactly the sort of monster you didn’t want to see in a movie.
Highly recommended to those who want to see a what horror films used to be like at the height of the drive- in era, or to those who just want something to keep themselves distract on a dark and stormy night.”-Written by dbborroughs on IMDb.com
Also Known As (AKA):
(original title) The Wasp Woman
Argentina La mujer avispa
Australia The Wasp Woman
Brazil A Mulher Vespa
Canada (French title) La femme guêpe
France (DVD title) La Femme Guêpe
Italy (literal title) La donna vespa
Japan (Japanese title) 蜂女の実験室
Mexico La mujer avispa
Portugal A Mulher-Vespa
Soviet Union (Russian title) Женщина-оса
Spain La mujer avispa
UK The Wasp Woman
USA (short title) Wasp Woman
USA The Wasp Woman
Venezuela La mujer insecto
West Germany Die Wespenfrau
The Bee Girl
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