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The Wasp Woman (1959)

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

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Philip 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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A beautiful woman by day - a lusting queen wasp by night. See more »

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$50,000 (estimated)
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Debuted in theaters as part of a double feature with Beast from Haunted Cave (1959). See more »

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Despite the use of keys during the whole movie, there is obviously no lock on the lab door. Wrong. After the cat is killed, you can clearly see the old skeleton style keyhole in the lab door. See more »

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Janice Starlin: Something's happening to me. I can't control it.
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Dreaming to Become Youth Again
27 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

The founder and owner of a cosmetic factory, Janice Starlin (Susan Cabot), is concerned with the dropping sale results of her company. The scientist Eric Zinthrop (Michael Mark) offers to her his research with wasp enzymes that makes animals younger, and she immediately accepts to hire him, provided she becomes his human subject. She decides by her own to accelerate the treatment injecting additional serum trying to see earlier results, becoming the lethal "Wasp Woman".

When I saw this B (or Z?) movie available on a double-feature DVD with "Attack of the Giant Leeches", I did not resist and I bought it. This trash low-budget camp movie is a typical product (or sub-product) with the trademark "Roger Corman", but I enjoyed my childhood with many similar movies on TV. The story is silly, the acting is reasonable, the effects are ridiculously cheap and fumy, but I found "The Wasp Woman" an authentic cult-movie. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "A Mulher Vespa" ("The Wasp Woman")


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