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The Wasp Woman (1960)

Phillip Barry , Susan Cabot , Roger Corman  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Phillip Barry, Susan Cabot, Lynn Cartwright, Roger Corman, Anthony Eisley
  • Directors: Roger Corman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006L90S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,214 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Wasp Woman" on IMDb

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Susan Cabot, Fred Eisley. In an effort to stay young-looking, a cosmetics executive injects herself with wasp jelly. Besides firmer skin, she also grows a wasp head and the desire to sting people! 1960/color/85 min/NR.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Roger Corman, where is thy sting? Oh, here it is February 17, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I've got to hand it to Roger Corman for this one; Wasp Woman is a pretty darn good movie (albeit with vintage Corman-esque not so special effects). The film starts off with a whimper, giving us a boring look at bee farming before introducing us to Dr. Zinthrop, who is promptly fired for wasting his time experimenting with wasps. Then we are taken to the boardroom of Janice Starlin Enterprises, a cosmetics company facing lean times because the face that has always sold the product, that of Janice herself, is not as young as it used to be. Enter Dr. Zinthrop and his fantastic story of restoring youth with a wonder-working extract taken from queen wasps. After he turns two old rabbits into young bunnies before her eyes, Janice believes him and insists that she will be his first human test subject. The rest of the company bigshots are increasingly concerned by the secrecy around Zinthrop's work, but even they cannot deny the new youthful face of their leader (accomplished mainly by taking away her old maid glasses and having her smile more often). Unfortunately, Janice secretly injected herself with the experimental, much more concentrated extract in order to hasten the process, and poor Zinthrop gets run over by a car before he can warn her of its rather disturbing side effects. Thus, we are left with several Starling associates trying to find out what is really going on. They think Janice is in danger, but in fact they are the ones in danger. Janice's headaches are indicative of a much more significant problem; from time to time, she turns into a giant wasp who is less than civil to her underlings.
The whole wasp woman getup is pretty ridiculous-looking, but one can look past such silly special effects and enjoy the movie for the fun, B-movie classic it is.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars LOGO WARNING!!!!! June 27, 2009
By larryj1
All I can say is the 1-star is for the Good Times DVD. They have their logo throughout the film, thereby ruining it for the viewer and rendering the DVD useless.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful woman by day - a lusting queen wasp by night. February 21, 2004
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From Roger Corman, one of the most prolific director/producers in Hollywood, comes The Wasp Woman (1960), a film that was most probably influenced by 1958's The Fly, with Vincent Price. Hey, if Hollywood can turn a man into a fly, why not turn a woman into a wasp? Well, no one ever accused Corman of originality.

The movie opens up with a scientist getting fired from a company the produces honey as he is doing some strange experimentation. Seems the Scientist, Eric Zinthrop, played by Michael Mark, has been exploring the notion of using royal jelly to create a rejuvenation formula. After getting fired, Zinthrop contacts Janice Starlin, played by Susan Cabot, the head of Starlin Cosmetics. Starlin Cosmetics is losing sales due to the fact that Ms. Starlin was the only spokesperson for the cosmetics, and now that she is aging, sales are falling off. After talking to Zinthrop and seeing his success on turning back time with various animals, she hires him on, sets him up in a lab, and they begin treatments on her. The process appears to be working, but Ms. Starlin becomes impatient, wanting more results quicker, so she secretly starts injecting herself with the formula. What happens? Take a guess...I mean, the movie is titled The Wasp Woman.

The acting wasn't bad, but we didn't even see the wasp woman until almost an hour into this rather talky feature. There are some bloody deaths, and the make up to create the wasp woman isn't all that bad, but the movie would have benefited from not making us wait so long in seeing the creature, filling up the 73 minute run time with nonsensical plot threads that don't develop.

Alpha Video provides an exceptionally poor print here, as the film has all kinds of blemishes and even drops out briefly at a couple of points.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Do Wasps Molt? February 14, 2006
Doctor Eric Zinthrop is a run of the mill mad scientist of vague and indefinable European descent who loves wasps. He gets fired from one job during the rising action (if you can call it that) and appeals to the aging head of a cosmetics company to fund his research. The vain Janice Starlin (played to the hilt by Susan Cabot) agrees to hire him after watching a (very Cormanesque) demonstration in which Zinthrop turns guinea pigs into rats. Later (offscreen) we are supposed to believe that he turns a huge wild cat into a cute gray kitten. (What kind of cat did it start as with that coloration? A puma?) Miss Starlin is sold, hires him, and begins taking the age-reducing injections herself.

After a plotpoint of extremely dubious credibility, Zinthrop gets hit by a car (apparently) and lapses into a coma. Starlin speeds up her own treatments (she has reduced her age from 40 to around 23 we are told via some talky exposition) but there are side effects. We are not a bit surprised, as it's almost an hour into the film before we finally get to gaze upon the wasp woman, who, of course, is Starlin.

I have seen most of Roger Corman's films, and count myself a fan of his brand of camp, but this is one of the mangiest monster costumes in film history. The wasp does not fly (obviously that was not in the budget) and appears more like a psychopathic black ruffed lemur or a marmoset of some sort with fangs and horns. In other words, it looks absolutely nothing at all like a wasp. This is the sole reason I am giving the film three stars. The rest of the movie rates on the two star level, but the appearance of the wasp woman is delightful to bad movie fans of all types.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greats!
Perfect movie for the classic fan of Sci-Fi. Brings back memories of hiding under the sheets when I was a kid watching this movie.
Published 2 months ago by William B. Fisher
3.0 out of 5 stars campy movie
This is rather a campy movie about an aging head of a beauty factory that discovers "wasp serum" as the way to renewed youth... Read more
Published 2 months ago by "old movie finatic"
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Fiercest Woman Alive!"
This Roger C o r m a n movie from 1959 is my absolute favorite movie from that period, late 1950s-early 1960s. And what a great time for the low budget horror film. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joe Vee
3.0 out of 5 stars Average creature feature from Roger Corman
Disclaimer: The version of this film that I viewed is contained in the Sci-Fi Classics 50 Movie Pack produced by Mill Creek Entertainment. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bryan Byrd
4.0 out of 5 stars Great T/Average DVD
Headline says it - the Tshirt is great quality, but I have a better transfer of the movie on another company's DVD. Still absolutely worth the money for the Tshirt!
Published 5 months ago by Scott Brinson
4.0 out of 5 stars The Wasp Woman
Fair monster movie entry from the Corman assembly-line factory of movie making. The head of a cosmetics firm is being edged out as the image of her company because she is aging. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Celia DLF
3.0 out of 5 stars SyFi movies
are my special love. This one, like so many others, are B-grade but if you like sci-fi 50's movies, this will make your collection complete.
Published 17 months ago by J. Kroeckel
1.0 out of 5 stars Total Crap
Worst monster costume ever. the cover art is deceiving, as there is no flying wasp lady in the flick.
The acting is fair.
Don't waste your money. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Guy Mangotree
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for it's time
I thought it was a great old fashioned movie. I have a number of old classics from the era and I had been looking for "The wasp woman" for a number of months and everywhere I... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Joel Nicholson
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Enough Elvira
The reason this VHS is receiving only 2* is because Elvira only introduces the flick and then never appears again. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jimmy Mac
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