Doctor Dan Scott (Jack Kelly) invents a serum that cures illness and Kyra Zlus (Mari Blanchard), dying of tuberculosis, agrees to be a guinea pig. She becomes well and strong, but develops strange characteristics and a scheming personality. She kills Evelyn Kendall (Fay Baker) in order to marry her wealthy husband, Barton Kendall (John Archer) and later kills him to inherit his wealth. Dr. Scott and his associate, Dr. Richard Bach (Albert Dekker) decide that something drastic must be done and they trick her into having an operation.Written by
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After being given a serum extracted from fruit flies (allegedly the most adaptive of creatures), a dying women turns into an ineradicable murderous vamp with the ability to change her hair colour at will. The 'science' in this fiction is nonsensical and the novel idea in the original story (by Stanley Weinbaum), that the serum makes the women hyper-adaptive, is lost as the story degenerates into yet another knock-off of 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'. The cast includes Albert Dekker as a conflicted doctor who frets about playing god, then does so; Jack Kelly (the future Bart Maverick) as the experimentalist who predictably falls in love with his creation; and Mari Blanchard as Kyra Zelas, the titular character who even when on death's doorstep never looks very sick, and who lacks the acting chops to do much with her character outside of making her tritely imperious and malignant. The script is terrible - the film opens with a contrived dialogue as the two scientists carefully spell out the plot's improbable backstories and closes with Dekker pontificating about higher powers and predestination as they reverse the process that originally saved Kyra. The direction is flat, not much happens, the scientists are a couple of ciphers who exist solely to create the evil-Kyra, and Mari Blanchard is neither menacing enough nor silly enough to be interesting. Boomers may spot the improbably named Blossom Rock (as Hannah the suspicious housekeeper) who a few years later would play the she-devilish Grandmama in 'The Addams Family' (1964).
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