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The Woman Eater (1958)

Womaneater (original title)
A mad scientist captures women and feeds them to a flesh-eating tree, which in turn gives him a serum that helps bring the dead back to life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doctor Moran
Robert MacKenzie ...
Lewis Carling
Norman Claridge ...
Doctor Patterson
Native Girl
Jimmy Vaughn ...
Sara Leighton ...
Susan Curtis
Edward Higgins ...
Sergeant Bolton (as Edward Higgings)
Joyce Gregg ...
Mrs. Santor
Harry Ross ...
Vera Day ...
Peter Wayn ...
Jack Venner
Alexander Field ...
Fair Attendant
Joy Webster ...
David Lawton ...
Man in Club
John A. Tinn ...
Lascar (as John Tinn)


A mad scientist captures women and feeds them to a flesh-eating tree, which in turn gives him a serum that helps bring the dead back to life.

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Release Date:

July 1959 (USA)  »

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The Woman Eater  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Promotional material released by Columbia in the United States gave the title of this film as "The Woman Eater." The title on the film itself is simply "Womaneater." See more »


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It Does Have Two High Points
1 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For those of you wondering whether Pittsburgh-born beauty Marpessa Dawn ever made another film besides 1959's classic "Black Orpheus," here is your answer. She appeared two years earlier, as an Amazonian native at the opening of "Womaneater," being sacrificed to a carnivorous tree. That tree is stolen by English scientist George Coulouris, who finds it necessary to keep this houseplant well fed with curvaceous lassies in order to harvest the tree's life-giving sap. Things get a bit complicated, however, when he falls in love with his new housekeeper, Vera Day... This picture is certainly pretty bad, objectively speaking, but I've gotta tell you, I've seen a lot worse. The film looks like it cost around 200 pounds to make (although it probably cost twice as much!), and has a tawdry, sleazy aura hanging over it, but the acting isn't all that atrocious, the script doesn't waste our time with unnecessaries (the whole thing is a scant 70 minutes long), and Vera Day, almost looking here like a poor man's Anne Francis, is pretty good as the bird in distress. The killer plant itself is certainly nowhere near as scary as those apple trees in "The Wizard of Oz," however. IMDb viewers looking for a better killer-plant flick should investigate "Day of the Triffids" (1963); even the hilarious 1960 "Little Shop of Horrors" offers more shocks and entertainment value. "Womaneater" (you've gotta love that title!) is decidedly a bargain basement affair; I suppose the producer's name, Guido Coen (!), should have tipped me off. And speaking of tips, potential viewers should know that this picture DOES offer two salient high points: Vera Day looks absolutely smashing in her 1950s-style bullet bra!

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