Everyone who is into silly horror movies from the middle of the 20th century is at least slightly familiar with Roger Corman. His work epitomizes the best and worst of low-budget, science fiction.
A shining example of this can be found in ‘The Wasp Woman.’
Janice Starlin (Susan Cabot) is the owner of a large cosmetics company whose stock is falling because she has begun to age noticeably. Desperate, she enlists the help of Dr. Zinthrop (Michael Mark) a scientist who has isolated an enzyme from the jelly of a queen wasp that can reverse the aging process. Janice insists that she be injected with the enzyme to test it, much to the financial benefit of Dr. Z. It works wonders, returning her youthful radiance. Too bad she becomes impatient with the results and breaks into the laboratory late at night to inject herself with extra doses.
That won’t end well.
Another low-budget, low IQ monster feature. This is sporadically entertaining, though it seems to take awhile to get going. Once the injections and transformations begin, it gets a little smoother. There are some obvious similarities between this and original version of ‘The Fly’ which preceded this by a year.
The special effects are….ridiculous. During the transformation, it looks as though we are dealing with an actress wearing a bad mask and some gloves. For some reason, the wasp also likes to bite peoples’ necks? You get what you pay for and Corman’s cinematic penny-pinching is an amusing and infuriating part of the deal with these movies.
The interesting backstory in this is that this role was the last for Cabot. She quit doing movies only to be murdered by her son decades later.
Special features include: nothing.
As if you haven’t surmised by now, ‘The Wasp Woman’ isn’t essential viewing for anyone. It is terrible, but unlike some awful movies, a little amusement can be gleaned from this.
Add an extra half star to this rating.
Not Rated 73 minutes 1959