The Wasp Woman (1959)

The Wasp Woman (1959)




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One of schlock horror-meister Roger Corman's favored actresses Susan Cabot stars as the title character, otherwise known as Janet, in this her last feature film for Corman. Janet is the aging but still glamorous head of a cosmetics firm who is looking for a way to improve her visage. Zinthrep (Michael Marks) has come up with yet another of those strange-sounding lotions or cremes designed to enrich the coffers of their manufacturers as the ladies surge to buy them. This time around, an ingredient taken from wasps is substituted for an original ingredient from bees. While the immediate effect is exciting, the subsequent effects are even more so because the miracle lotion turns Janet into a wasp, and a rather well-developed wasp at that. So the poor woman, suffering under the throes of unexpected wasphood, murders a few shocked employees in a rather gruesome manner. Not overly frightening, this film is a typical Roger Corman entry in the horror genre.
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Susan Cabot
as Janice Starlin
Fred Eisley
as Bill Lane
Barboura Morris
as Mary Dennison
Michael Mark
as Eric Zinthrop
Frank Gerstle
as Les Hellman
William Roerick
as Arthur Cooper
Bruno Ve Sota
as Night Watchman
Frank Wolff
as First Delivery Man
Anthony Eisley
as Bill Lane
Lynn Cartwright
as Maureen Reardon
Roy Gordon
as Paul Thompson
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Critic Reviews for The Wasp Woman

All Critics (11)

From the perspective of a 21st Century ... The Wasp Woman is a downright revolutionary act of scathing commentary.

Full Review… | October 21, 2011

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… | September 18, 2007

Definitely a 1950's style horror flick, yet released in 1960. Surely the last of its hive.

April 30, 2007

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… | October 11, 2004
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Silly, campy, entertaining.

August 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One of Corman's better films, aided by Susan Cabot's sharp presence.

March 5, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for The Wasp Woman


Taking a break from the Christmas Movies as I await Blockbuster and Netflix to get off there butts and keep the movies coming via the mail. (Economy must be doing well as Netflix is raising there prices). Here we have the 1959 movie by Roger Corman. Its about a women who is head of a cosmetic company and she wants a new product which produces young looking skin, this part is played by Susan Cabot (This was her last movie until 1970 a 11 year gap.), what she finds is a crazy professor who takes the royal jelly from a wasp and thinks he has the product, but oh no something goes wrong as the royal jelly turns Susan into a wasp, Go figure, who would have know. A Black and White drive in Special still worth the watch and 3 1/2 stars.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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This low budget sci-fi horror movie has an interesting story, but that's all that I like about this movie. It's pretty good, but it could have been a lot better.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


A female cosmetics mogul injects herself with wasp jelly in an attempt to stay eternally young, with predictable results. It's a parable about... aw, who am I kidding, it's another talky Roger Corman cheapie with a few seconds of Susan Cabot wearing pipe-cleaner antennae.

Greg S
Greg S

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