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The Woman Eater (1958)

Womaneater (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | July 1959 (USA)
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 (as Robert Mackenzie)
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 ...
Peter Forbes-Robertson ...
Jack Venner (as Peter Wayn)
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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See the hideous arms devour them in a death-embrace? See more »


Horror | Sci-Fi


Not Rated | See all certifications »




Release Date:

July 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Woman Eater  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Mrs. Margaret Santor: There was a time when you trusted me.
Dr. James Moran: My dear Margaret, I have never trusted you or any other woman with anything I didn't want anyone else to know.
Mrs. Margaret Santor: There's evil all round me. It's here tonight! I can feel it!!
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Featured in 42nd Street Forever, Volume 2: The Deuce (2006) See more »

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30 October 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Womaneater (1958)

** (out of 4)

Silly horror flick from Britain about a mad scientist (George Coulouris) who goes to the Amazon and brings back a tree that can give off a serum that can be used to bring the dead back to life. The only catch is that you've got to feed the tree young girls. This forgotten flick certainly isn't a good movie and sadly the end result doesn't live up to the nice title but there are enough interesting ideas here to make it worth sitting through at least once. It's a real shame that some of the Hollywood productions of the day didn't put more thought into their films. Sure, the idea of a tree that needs to be fed in order to bring the dead back to life is a silly idea but at least it shows a bit of imagination, which is something that was missing from countless other films from this era. I think the biggest problem is that there's really not much done with the idea. For the most part the tree stays down in the basement and we get to see it in action about three times. Nothing too special as we see the women enter the tree and that's pretty much it. The entire "tree" sub-genre never really took off and it's easy to see why simply because you can't do much with it. The film was certainly inspired by the sexuality from the Hammer horror films. Vera Day plays the dumb blonde here and I must admit that I was really amazed by her. Not her performance because it's pretty horrid but her breasts. Yes, I said it. There's a sequence here where her mechanic boyfriend just looks out them as she holds a light on them. The amazing thing in this sequence is seeing how her sweater, so tight to her body, actually splits her in two. I won't even try to explain it but you'll know the scene when it happens. These tight sweaters to show off cleavage where a big thing in this era and how it's used here is certainly the highlight of the movie. Coulouris is decent in his role but he doesn't bring too much life to the picture. The tree effects aren't anything overly special but there's a very good music score by Edwin Astley. WOMANEATER has been forgotten to time and that's understandable. There's certainly nothing ground breaking here and it's only recommended to those who must see everything the genre offered up during this era.

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