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Release Date:
July 1959 (USA) See more »
REIGN OF TERROR FROM EARTH! (original ad - all caps) See more »
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. | Full synopsis »
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George Coulouris ... Doctor Moran
Robert MacKenzie ... Lewis Carling (as Robert Mackenzie)
Norman Claridge ... Doctor Patterson

Marpessa Dawn ... Native Girl
Jimmy Vaughn ... Tanga
Sara Leighton ... Susan Curtis
Edward Higgins ... Sergeant Bolton (as Edward Higgings)
Joyce Gregg ... Mrs. Santor
Harry Ross ... Bristow

Vera Day ... Sally
Peter Forbes-Robertson ... Jack Venner (as Peter Wayn)
Alexander Field ... Fair Attendant
Joy Webster ... Judy
David Lawton ... Man In Club
John A. Tinn ... Lascar (as John Tinn)
Maxwell Foster ... Inspector Brownlow
Peter Lewiston ... Det. Sergeant Freeman
Roger Avon ... Constable
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shief Ashanti ... Witch Doctor (Snake-handler) (uncredited)
Marie Devereux ... Prostitute (uncredited)
John Grant ... Rescue Party Leader (uncredited)
Susan Neill ... Orange-Juice Counter Girl (uncredited)
Stanley Platts ... Explorers Club Steward (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Saunders 
Writing credits
Brandon Fleming (original story)

Brandon Fleming (screenplay)

Produced by
Guido Coen .... producer
Original Music by
Edwin Astley 
Cinematography by
Ernest Palmer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Seymour Logie 
Art Direction by
Herbert Smith 
Makeup Department
Doris Pollard .... hairdresser
Terry Terrington .... makeup artist
Production Management
Frank Bevis .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Hermes .... first assistant
Peter Price .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Mickey Jay .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Anthony Heller .... camera operator
Malcolm Vinson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Edwin Astley .... conductor
Other crew
Vera Pavey .... continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Womaneater" - UK (original title)
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70 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2016) | USA:Not Rated

Did You Know?

Film debut (and only English-language film) of Marpessa Dawn.See more »
Dr. James Moran:Give me a whisky, please.
Waiter at a bar:Are you a member, Sir?
Dr. James Moran:Don't be silly, give me a whisky.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Inside the Tower (2015) (V)See more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A gloriously silly and surprisingly sleazy B-movie treat., 17 November 2014
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

On an expedition to a remote part of South America, Doctor Moran (George Coulouris) discovers a savage tribe who worship a carnivorous plant that feasts solely on young, beautiful, curvaceous women. No 'plain Janes', oldies, uglies, skinnies or fatties for this lean, green killing machine: it's only interested in attractive babes with impressive curves (quite how the plant has developed this discerning attitude towards its food is never explained).

Having devoured it's prey, the plant produces a liquid that can purportedly restore life to the dead, something that greatly interests the doctor, who arranges for the ravenous shrub to be transported back to his home in England, along with one of the tribesmen, Tanga (Jimmy Vaughn), to help him with his work (quite how Moran came to this arrangement with the bloodthirsty natives is also never explained). Luring women back to his secure, basement laboratory, Moran sets about feeding the plant in an effort to create enough of the sap to revive the dead.

Womaneater is made of the stuff that monster B-movie fans live for: there's the mad scientist with his creepy ethnic assistant, a ropey old tree creature with flailing limbs and tentacles, a bevy of buxom beauties in skimpy sacrificial robes, a pneumatic blonde heroine (sexy ex-funfair worker Sally, played by Vera Day), and a brave but chauvinistic mechanic hero, Jack Venner (Peter Wayn). As one might expect from a low budget '50s B-movie, the film is no Oscar winner, but what it lacks in logic or technical merit it sure makes up for in cheeze 'n' sleaze, with big helpings of both being served up by director Charles Saunders.

The shonky monster is guaranteed to illicit more laughs than screams, as will the sight of Tanga in his adult-sized nappy banging the bongos; the seedier content includes Moran prowling the streets and bars of London for suitable victims and his misogynistic treatment of devoted ex-lover/housekeeper Margaret (Joyce Gregg).

There's also an unexpectedly tacky moment when Sally helps Jack to fix a car: while Jack is in the foot-well, he eyes up Sally's impressive breasts (her '50s torpedo chest blatantly occupying the foreground), after which he rudely berates her for her inability to follow simple instructions. Considering how he has just asked her to marry him, the scene leaves the viewer wondering just how badly he might abuse her once the ring is actually on her finger.

A fun finalé adds even more sleaziness, with sexy Sally narrowly avoiding becoming a meal for the monstrous weed, but not before her blouse has been torn to give viewers a tantalising glimpse of her bra (this being 1958, I imagine that's all audiences needed to get hot and flustered!).

7.5 out of 10, rounded up to 8 for the very lovely Vera Day as Sally.

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