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The Wasp Woman (1959)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 30 October 1959 (USA)
A scientist develops a youth formula for a cosmetics queen from jelly taken from queen wasps, failing to anticipate the typical horrible side effects.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writers:

Leo Gordon (screenplay), Kinta Zertuche (story)
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Complete credited cast:
Susan Cabot ... Janice Starlin
Anthony Eisley ... Bill Lane (as Fred Eisley)
Barboura Morris Barboura Morris ... Mary Dennison
William Roerick William Roerick ... Arthur Cooper
Michael Mark Michael Mark ... Eric Zinthrop
Frank Gerstle ... Les Hellman
Bruno VeSota ... Night Watchman (as Bruno Ve Sota)
Roy Gordon Roy Gordon ... Paul Thompson
Carolyn Hughes Carolyn Hughes ... Jean Carson
Lynn Cartwright ... Maureen Reardon
Frank Wolff ... First Delivery Man
Lani Mars Lani Mars ... Nurse
Philip Barry Philip Barry ... Second Delivery Man (as Phillip Barry)
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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 ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Trivia

The film has a similar premise to another science-fiction horror flick that was released a year earlier, The Fly (1958), about a man becoming an insect. See more »

Goofs

Despite the title and repeated assertions during the movie that the serum comes from wasp 'enzymes', the opening credits are superimposed over stock footage of a honey bee hive, and the same footage is shown after the first injection. See more »

Quotes

Janice Starlin: Something's happening to me. I can't control it.
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Alternate Versions

When the film was sold to television in 1962 it featured additional footage featuring Michael Mark that was not in the original theatrical release. See more »

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Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

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Very entertaining Roger Corman quickie.
2 December 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'The Wasp Woman' is one of Roger Corman's better monster movies (personally I prefer his biker, black comedy, gangster and psychedelic movies, but that's me). Susan Cabot stars as an ambitious head of a cosmetics firm. Being the public face of the company, she takes a downturn in sales as a personal criticism. So when a scientist experimenting with Royal Jelly, not just your average Royal Jelly, but some made from wasps, comes to her attention she hires him to experiment with its alleged anti-aging effects. Initial tests on assorted animal are so successful she begins to try the stuff herself, with impressive results. Only problem is that in her enthusiasm she forgot to see if there are any negative side effects, and by looking at the title of the movie, it's pretty obvious that there are! Herein lies the fun of this goofy movie. Sexy Cabot is good in this her final role. A bizarre footnote to her short career is her death in the mid-80s at the hands of her dwarf son. Amazing but true! But that strange event aside, the movie itself stands on its own merits. Nothing too ambitious, but an effective low budget trashy shocker that makes a great popcorn movie. By no means Corman's best work but very entertaining just the same.


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Language:

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$50,000 (estimated)
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