The Wasp Woman

Overview

This goofy but entertaining horror cheapie from producer-director Roger Corman and company involves the efforts of a questionable scientist working for cosmetics magnate Susan Cabot, who is developing a new rejuvenating beauty cream derived from an enzyme secreted by wasps, intended to make women look eternally youthful. A vain woman obsessed with restoring her lost beauty, Cabot insists on being the first test subject. The solution proves remarkably effective at first, transforming her into a sultry raven-haired...
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Overview

This goofy but entertaining horror cheapie from producer-director Roger Corman and company involves the efforts of a questionable scientist working for cosmetics magnate Susan Cabot, who is developing a new rejuvenating beauty cream derived from an enzyme secreted by wasps, intended to make women look eternally youthful. A vain woman obsessed with restoring her lost beauty, Cabot insists on being the first test subject. The solution proves remarkably effective at first, transforming her into a sultry raven-haired vixen...until she begins to take on the predatory traits of a giant female wasp, setting out on a nocturnal killing spree. Originally double-billed with The Beast from Haunted Cave, this cheesy monster mash inspired the less-amusing Leech Woman and was later remade for 1980s audiences (i.e., with a higher sex-and-gore quotient) as Evil Spawn.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Considering the strange and terrible fate of the lead actress -- Susan Cabot apparently lived her own nightmare and was eventually killed by her increasingly browbeaten son -- The Wasp Woman takes on an added poignancy that obviously wasn't intended by the film's cheapskate producer-director, Roger Corman. Here is yet another creature flick hampered by a ludicrous monster costume -- nothing more than a Halloween mask, really -- not quite as bad as it could have been but not very good either. Cabot herself does well enough as the youth-obsessed heroine/villainess and the film does attempt to address both the increasing paranoia regarding aging and science run amok. But the cheesy special effects (if you can call a rubber mask and a couple of claws "special effects") and lack of any kind of budget betray the good intentions. Typical of Corman, the supporting roles are well cast (including the stunning Lynn Cartwright as a Brooklyn-accented secretary) and an attempt to turn modern office life into a sort of Grand Guignol melodrama works at least part of the way.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2002
  • UPC: 089218404190
  • Original Release: 1959
  • Rating:

  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Letterbox / Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:13:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 46,920

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Susan Cabot Janice Starlin
Barboura Morris Mary Dennison
William Roerick Arthur Cooper
Frank Gerstle Hellman
Bruno Ve Sota Night Watchman
Frank Wolff
Anthony Eisley Bill Lane
Lynn Cartwright Maureen Reardon
Roy Gordon Paul Thompson
Michael Mark Dr. Eric Zinthrop
Richard Miller
Fred [Anthony] Eisley
Jennifer Rubin
Technical Credits
Roger Corman Director, Producer
Jack Bohrer Production Designer
Leo Gordon Screenwriter
Daniel Haller Art Director
Fred Katz Score Composer
Carlos Lodato Editor
Harry Neumann Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Chapter 1 [16:50]
3. Chapter 2 [16:41]
4. Chapter 3 [8:42]
5. Chapter 4 [12:50]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Index
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