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Writers:
Leo Gordon (screenplay)
Kinta Zertuche (story)
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Release Date:
30 October 1959 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Horror Of The Winged Menace ! See more »
Plot:
A cosmetics queen develops a youth formula from jelly taken from queen wasps. She fails to anticipate the typical hoary side- effects. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Classic late night/drive-in staple is must see material See more (78 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Susan Cabot ... Janice Starlin
Anthony Eisley ... Bill Lane (as Fred Eisley)
Barboura Morris ... Mary Dennison
William Roerick ... Arthur Cooper
Michael Mark ... Eric Zinthrop
Frank Gerstle ... Les Hellman
Bruno VeSota ... Night Watchman (as Bruno Ve Sota)
Roy Gordon ... Paul Thompson
Carolyn Hughes ... Jean Carson
Lynn Cartwright ... Maureen Reardon
Frank Wolff ... First Delivery Man
Lani Mars ... Secretary
Philip Barry ... Second Delivery Man (as Phillip Barry)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gene Corman ... Mr. Barker (uncredited)

Roger Corman ... Doctor in the Hospital (uncredited)
Aron Kincaid ... Beekeeper (uncredited)

Directed by
Roger Corman 
Jack Hill (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Leo Gordon (screenplay)

Kinta Zertuche (story)

Produced by
Roger Corman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Fred Katz 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Neumann (director of photography) (as Harry C. Newman)
 
Film Editing by
Carlo Lodato 
 
Art Direction by
Daniel Haller  (as Dan Haller)
 
Makeup Department
Grant Keate .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jack Bohrer .... production manager
Paul Rapp .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Karl Brainard .... property master (as Carl Brainard)
 
Sound Department
Philip Mitchell .... sound (as Philip N. Mitchell)
 
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73 min
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Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (DVD rating) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2004) | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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This was Susan Cabot's final movie.See more »
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Continuity: When the Doctor is making the guinea pigs younger to show Janice Starlin, the position of the handle on the cage changes.See more »
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Janice Starlin:Something's happening to me. I can't control it.See more »
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Classic late night/drive-in staple is must see material, 30 October 2006
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

The plot of this film has the head of a cosmetics firm trying out a new formula formed from the jelly of a queen wasp. The make-up actually makes the woman younger, but has the horrible side effect in that it turns the woman into a killer human wasp.

Oh what a silly film this is. Its also a great deal of fun. The story is wildly silly, there's a monster that looks ridiculous, and enough skill behind the camera to produce just the right amount of tension to keep you watching. It all combines to form a perfectly charming little movie.

Good, but far from great, the Wasp Woman gets its classic status from the fact that the film used to be in permanent rotation on late night horror TV. I can't tell you how many times my mind was warped by this little gem over the years. It seemed it was always on and pretty much everyone I knew saw it over and over again. It became a joke of sorts as the quintessential "bad movie", its bug eyed monster in tights was exactly the sort of monster you didn't want to see in a movie.

Highly recommended to those who want to see a what horror films used to be like at the height of the drive- in era, or to those who just want something to keep themselves distract on a dark and stormy night.

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