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36 out of 43 people found the following review useful:

Buzz off, you uncanny ladybug!

Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls
28 August 2006

Like none of his other late 50's/early 60's horror & Sci-Fi tryouts (and there were quite a lot of them), "The Wasp Woman" truly proves that Roger Corman was, and still is, a very creative and versatile filmmaker! The plot of his ultra-low budget quickie is mundane and unbelievably predictable, yet the whole film is stuffed with ingenious little twists and elements that make the premise feel fresh and original nevertheless! There are very few directors out there, apart from Corman, able to achieve this! Susan Cabot, who starred in a handful of contemporary Corman productions, plays a businesswoman leading a prominent cosmetics company. She's unable to accept her own natural ageing process and righteously fears that her looks will bring down the monthly profits. When a scientist announces that he developed a rejuvenation liquid by extracting enzymes of ordinary wasps, Janice Starling immediately wants to commercialize it and test it on herself. The miraculous discovery is highly efficient, but when Janice injects herself with too much doses, she transforms into a murderous wasp overnight. "The Wasp Woman" is no more or no less than fun & undemanding Sci-Fi entertainment! The film has a good pace and there's the occasional suspenseful moment to enjoy. The monster-transformations and special effects are really tacky but what else did you expect considering the money that was involved? This charming little movie may not be very appealing to the younger generation of fans, but I warmly recommend it to admirers of classic science fiction. The rating here on IMDb is WAY too low!

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31 out of 37 people found the following review useful:

Good stuff from Roger Corman

Author: Space_Mafune from Newfoundland, Canada
19 January 2003

THE WASP WOMAN is certainly not a film to be taken very seriously as it details the hideous and unexpected transformation of a woman looking for the fountain of youth into a rather nasty flesh-eating monster unforeseen side effect of Dr. Zinthrop's wasp enzyme treatments. The common be wary of science theme is certainly in full force here and it does feel comfortable in this low budget environment.

The best thing about this film is it has a great pace as it keeps moving along nicely and is consistently entertaining. The worst is the low budget look of the monster and the awful music.

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25 out of 29 people found the following review useful:

Classic R. Corman with unique Ms. Cabot!

Author: shepardjessica from sparks, nevada
8 August 2004

One of Roger Corman's better directorial efforts about reversing the aging process to sell cosmetics in the early 60's! Susan Cabot, the lead, finished her film career with this one before returning to the theatre in New York after many films in the 50's. Unfortunately, she was bludgeoned to death by her dwarf son sometime in the 80's which ended her promising career. She was a serious actress with a terrible final act.

A definite 6 out of 10. Best performance = Susan Cabot. Worst performance = Anthony (Fred) Eisley - the "actor" who always managed to reach the pinnacle of Blandness in every film he made in the 60's. Dr. Zin in his spotted pajamas reminds me of someone's Uncle Luigi. An under-rated low budget flick which hits a nerve (cosmetics, pshaw). This is on DVD. Seek it out!

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24 out of 30 people found the following review useful:

The Wasps and the Bees

Author: sol1218 from brooklyn NY
12 March 2004

******SPOILERS***** Decent Roger Corman film about the goings on in a top cosmetic company and the story of it's CEO and founder who hit upon hard times when her looks who were the companies best advertisement began to develop wrinkles as she began to approach middle-age as did the companies, in being cut in half, profits.

Cosmetic Queen Janice Starlin, Susan Cabot, needs something to jump-start her falling business and just then pops in Eric Zinthrop, Michael Mark, an eccentric scientist. Zinthrop's experiments with wasp royal jelly has brought on his subjects, hamsters dogs and cats, miracles in retarding the aging process and bringing them back to their youth. Seeing first hand and being convinced by Zinthrop's experiments Janice eagerly volunteers to be injected with Zinthrop's serum and becomes more youthful looking as the injections continue. But like most women Janice feels that she not youthful enough and starts, against Zinthrop's advice, to take them by herself and in larger and larger dosages. As Janice becomes more youthful she also becomes more waspish and wasps especially a queen wasp are dangerous and deadly creatures.

The acting is much better then you would expect from an early Roger Corman horror movie. Even though you don't see Janice transform into the deadly Wasp Woman until almost in the last third of the movie which makes the horror scenes very limited but their still both shocking as well as effective. The very good acting by all involved in the film keeps you interested in the story up until the horror and action scenes starts.

Even though Janice is both a small and delicate woman, even made up as the Wasp Woman, she's very physical aggressive and frightening in all her action scenes in which all her victims are far bigger then she is.

Zinthrop being more or less the mad scientist type in the movie was anything but mad but very concerned for Janice in his experiments on her and it was Janice who went too far not him in pursuing them. "The Wasp Woman" is one of Roger Corman's better earlier movies with a sound plot and top notch acting By Susan Cabot, Michael Mark, Arthur Cooper Anthony Eisley and the very likable Barboura Morris that rises the film above the B-Horror movie that you would have thought that it would be.

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21 out of 26 people found the following review useful:

PMS: Pesky Metamorphosis Syndrome

Author: GroovyDoom from Haddonfield, IL
2 July 2004

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Beee-eautiful Janet Starlin doesn't realize that her nerdy glasses and her constipated expression make her look older, and when her "age" beee-gins to interfere with her successful cosmetics company, she takes some never-bee-fore-attempted measures to regain her youth.

Teaming up with a would-bee mad scientist, she allows him to inject her with a serum made from the royal jelly of wasps, and pretty soon she looks 22 again. Unfortunately, it also makes her turn into a wasp monster at certain inopportune moments, like when she gets a tension headache. Needless to say, when she's a wasp, she's a beee-itch.

Some good buzzing bee-woman action in this one, I love the part where Janet/Wasp Woman confronts a mild-mannered nurse and rushes at her, blocking her escape by body-slamming a door closed right in front of her. Lots of fun for campy monster fans, anybody expecting anything really scary or thrilling...well, don't bother this movie and it won't bother you.

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19 out of 25 people found the following review useful:

Not Bad; Just Needed A Little More Sting

Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States
28 October 2006

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This Roger Corman B- horror film isn't bad. It good have been better with a little more action earlier on. When you advertise a film featuring a monster, you don't want to wait for over three-quarters of that film waiting for it. That was the case here with the Wasp Woman who doesn't become that and start killing people until the last 15 minutes of the 72-minute film.

However, it wasn't totally boring up to then. It was still fairly interesting as it showed an eccentric scientist inventing a serum that would reverse the aging process. He finds a willing subject in the head of a cosmetics firm that is falling on hard times. The owner, who was the centerpiece of the company's advertising for so many years, is no longer young and attractive, and sales of their products have fallen off.

But once she begins to take this serum, after being convinced it works because she's seen the effect on rabbits and cats, she slowly begins to look young and prettier again. However, she gets greedy and takes too much. The result: when angry, she turns into a wasp, killing and devouring its prey - whoever is in her way at a particular moment. Worse things happen: the scientist is a victim of a hit-and-run, is in a coma for about a week and our lady exec is just about out of serum. It's panic time. The rest of the select circle of employees, meanwhile, have been suspicious of this whole thing from day one and have spied here and there. One of them was the Wasp Woman's first victim. The guy nosed around too much in the lab. The rest of the crew, however, is still alive and now pretty much knows what's going on as the doctor begins to slowly snap out of it and warn them about "Janice Starlin," aka The Wasp Woman. A confrontation with all of them ensues in a violent, dramatic ending.

Susan Cabot does a nice job playing the cosmetics CEO and ''Michael Mrk" isn't bad as the scientist, "Eric Zinthrop." None of the actors are terrible, actually, which I usually except in these kind of B-films. They aren't Laurence Oliver or Meryl Streep, but they're competent enough.

Corman's goofy music score was very reminiscent of his 1960 hit, "The Little Shop Of Horrors." This movie didn't have that pizazz to it but, as said in the first sentence, wasn't bad. It certainly is worth a look for sci-fi or horror films of the '50s and '60s. With its short running time, even if you don't like it, it didn't take up the whole night.

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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

"I got 3 words for you: drop dead..twice!"

Author: twanurit from United States
28 June 2001

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That great phrase was spoken by cosmetic magnate Susan Cabot's secretary on the telephone to her deadbeat boyfriend, one of many quirky passages in this electrifying shock-fest. Cabot, in her last film role, worked for director Roger Corman several times, and is amazing as a 40 year old executive seeking youth and beauty to boost her sagging company (and face). She hires an eccentric (Michael Mark), who has discovered that wasp enzymes can bring back youth to animals. Cabot volunteers herself to some periodic injections, and is transformed, but not without ghastly side effects. Taking the idea from "The Fly" (1958), she develops wasp claws and head and becomes a deadly eating machine at times. The jazzy music is riveting, and the editing quick and vicious, just like a buzzing insect's moves. The climax is tense and terrifying. Barboura Morris is good as Cabot's assistant, while Marks is charmingly funny, especially when flirting with the secretaries. Deserves all its accolades.

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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

Classic late night/drive-in staple is must see material

Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York
30 October 2006

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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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful:

Very entertaining Roger Corman quickie.

Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia
2 December 2002

'The Wasp Woman' is one of Roger Corman's better monster movies (personally I prefer his biker, black comedy, gangster and psychedelic movies, but that's me). Susan Cabot stars as an ambitious head of a cosmetics firm. Being the public face of the company, she takes a downturn in sales as a personal criticism. So when a scientist experimenting with Royal Jelly, not just your average Royal Jelly, but some made from wasps, comes to her attention she hires him to experiment with its alleged anti-aging effects. Initial tests on assorted animal are so successful she begins to try the stuff herself, with impressive results. Only problem is that in her enthusiasm she forgot to see if there are any negative side effects, and by looking at the title of the movie, it's pretty obvious that there are! Herein lies the fun of this goofy movie. Sexy Cabot is good in this her final role. A bizarre footnote to her short career is her death in the mid-80s at the hands of her dwarf son. Amazing but true! But that strange event aside, the movie itself stands on its own merits. Nothing too ambitious, but an effective low budget trashy shocker that makes a great popcorn movie. By no means Corman's best work but very entertaining just the same.

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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

Age Before Beauty...Literally

Author: BaronBl00d ( from NC
4 January 2002

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Susan Cabot plays a cosmetic magnate that has begun to show heavy signs of aging and enlists the aid of a scientist, played by lovable Universal veteran Michael Marks, that has found something in the royal jelly of queen wasps that makes the aging process regress. Naturally, the once highly lauded for her looks Cabot eagerly asks to be the first human guinea pig after watching Marks take a guinea pig and inject it, wait a few seconds, and see it turn into a white rat! Okay, Roger Corman either didn't know the difference between guinea pigs or rats or more likely just didn't have the time to find a young guinea pig. Cabot gets a little crazy with her dosage and becomes a terrorizing wasp woman that devours her prey entirely. This is a silly but highly enjoyable film with some pretty good acting all around. Cabot is beautiful and can act. She does a very credible job with her role and gives this film a lot of credibility. The sets are cheap...very cheap, and the special effects are not so special. The wasp woman make-up is pretty effective actually. This Corman film has some black humour injected into it. Even Corman himself plays a very stiff doctor in one scene. Barboura Morris does a fine supporting job playing Cabot's secretary. She looks as lovely as ever. Lots of fun and should keep your mind buzzing with interest.

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