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In this remake of the 1959 classic,the owner of a cosmetic company works with a Dr. that has been experimenting with a miracle cure for aging. He has extracted an enzyme from queen wasps that eventually change Janice into a giant insect.
Daniel J. Travanti
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
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One of producer & director Roger Cormans' most beloved schlock pictures is great fun, and is seen as a minor camp classic. Corman regular Susan Cabot ("Sorority Girl") stars as Janice Starlin, a 40 year old cosmetics magnate who fears getting old. One day, she makes the acquaintance of mad scientist Eric Zinthrop (Michael Mark of the 1931 "Frankenstein"). He's developed a serum, derived from wasp enzymes, that can restore youth to living things. She insists that she be the first human guinea pig, with devastating results: she sometimes turns into a humanoid monster with a wasp head and hands, and which is compelled to kill.
This is actually rather well acted for such a silly B flick, with a cast also including Anthony Eisley ('Hawaiian Eye'), the beautiful Barboura Morris ("A Bucket of Blood"), William Roerick ("Not of This Earth"), Frank Gerstle ("The Atomic Brain"), Roy Gordon ("Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman"), Bruno VeSota ("Attack of the Giant Leeches"), and Frank Wolff ("Beast from Haunted Cave"). Cabot is appealing in the lead and Morris is just luminous as an employee who does some sleuthing into Zinthrops' background.
Corman is wise enough to dole out good "wasp woman" action in little bits and pieces. The effects are utterly tacky (Cabots' head may be covered, but her neck is clearly visible), but in this sort of ultra cheap genre entry, we wouldn't have it any other way. Fortunately, the story (scripted by actor Leo Gordon, another frequent Corman collaborator) surrounding the set pieces is entertaining enough that we don't mind the wait. In the meantime, there's a lively jazz score by Fred Katz to keep us amused.
When the movie was sold to television, Corman had one of his many proteges, Jack Hill ("Coffy"), shoot about nine minutes of new footage.
Be sure to watch for Cormans' unbilled cameo as a hospital doctor.
Seven out of 10.
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