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The Wasp Woman

Seeking an elixir of youth, a scientist accidentally turns a woman into a cannibalistic half-insect creature.
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DVD Features:

  • from a story by Kinta Zertuche
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 13 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: February 18, 2003
  • Originally Released: 1959
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Miss Starlin is not a human being any longer. The enzymes have changed her--she will destroy the girl as a female wasp would destroy her enemies, and then devour the remains!"
  - Zinthrop (Michael Mark) to Bill (Fred Eisley)

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 11


User Ratings: 1,581
A cheesy 1950s Black & White horror movie, which is prime MST3K fodder. However, it needn't have been this way since actress Susan Cabot sure is one classy dame . . . Full Review
Sci-Fi Movie Page
Oct 12, 2004
Rating: 3/5 -- Silly, campy, entertaining.
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Aug 24, 2003
Rating: 3/5 -- One of Corman's better films, aided by Susan Cabot's sharp presence.
San Francisco Examiner
Mar 5, 2003
Rating: 4/5 -- From the perspective of a 21st Century ... The Wasp Woman is a downright revolutionary act of scathing commentary. Full Review
Oct 21, 2011
Rating: 2/5 -- Definitely a 1950's style horror flick, yet released in 1960. Surely the last of its hive.
Apr 30, 2007
It's poorly written, cheesily acted, low-budget, and completely camp, but because it's Corman it's a touch ahead of its ilk thanks to some clever lines and flavorful directing. Utterly ridiculous but lovable. Full Review
Sep 18, 2007
Rating: 2.5/4 -- a campy creature feature that also has some interesting themes regarding science run amok and the fruitless human search for eternal youth (as an added bonus, the acting is pretty good, too)
Q Network Film Desk
Sep 15, 2002

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Professor Zinthrop (Michael Mark), a renegade scientist offers an aging beauty, Janice Starlin (Susan Cabot), eternal youth by administering injections of wasp enzymes. The experiment goes haywire and Starlin transforms into a hideous, carnivorous half-insect creature bringing death and destruction to all those who cross her path. Made economically in less than a week by Roger Corman, The Wasp Woman, a Filmgroup Production, marked the beginning of Corman's most prolific and creative period. The film features Corman repertoire players Susan Cabot, Barboura Morris, Bruno Ve Sota, William Roerick, Frank Wolff (also seen in Wasp Woman's co-feature Beast From Haunted Cave) and Roger himself making unbilled cameo appearances as a doctor and a policeman.

Product Description:

This fun, intelligent cheapie from King of the B's Roger Corman ranks as the first feminist horror film. Susan Cabot stars as aging cosmetics mogul Janice Starlin, who injects herself with an experimental wasp enzyme in order to restore her fading youth and save her company from going broke. Eccentric scientist Dr. Zinthrop (Michael Mark) first tries the serum on cats, but when they later sprout wings and stingers, he realizes the formula might not be market ready. Unfortunately, he winds up in a coma before he's able to warn Starlin of the ghastly side effects, and before long she's buzzing around the building at night, attacking and devouring her enemies. What's admirably feminist about the film is how Starlin is portrayed as intelligent, powerful, and sympathetic while her male underlings are condescending buffoons who first dismiss her serum as mere wishful vanity and later find themselves smitten by her newly restored beauty (and later bitten by her wasp alter ego). Barboura Morris plays Starlin's worried secretary, and Bruno Ve Sota is an unlucky night watchman. Cabot is splendid in the title role, reverse-aging beautifully. Carolyn Hughes and Lynn Cartwright add comic relief as a pair of gossipy receptionists.


Production Notes:

  • THE WASP WOMAN was shot in less than a week on a budget of $50,000.
  • Though the film takes place in Manhattan, the exterior shots were filmed in Los Angeles.
  • This film was remade in 1996 for cable television.
  • "I think that was the most fun part I ever had. To be able to go from a forty-year-old character to a twenty-two-year-old one was a challenge. Then to be a monster--one of the very few female beasties in movies-- was great fun."--Susan Cabot, on the making of THE WASP WOMAN
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Cute Movie Lover: from Hornets Nest, Texas -- August, 5, 2004

I think it's cute they way they got Susan to play a mean spirited upwardly mobile woman who's ambition and low self esteem drives her to experiment on herself with horrific results.

Those horrific results are however limited to three or four times putting on a wasp mask and killing a guy.

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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 10,208
  • UPC: 089218404190
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