The Wasp Woman

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The Wasp Woman

Post  BoG on Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:16 pm

Another Roger Corman quickie which he managed to impart a little extra punch to. This doesn't have a giant wasp woman as implied by the poster - that's just the sneaky marketing. This is more of a Jekyll and Hyde story, with the central character a female. She runs a cosmetics company but the corporation has seen better days. The reason deduced (by Fred {later Anthony} Eisley as an exec) is that the face of the company - the female CEO - is not the young thing she used to be; people don't buy into the product as they used to when such a young lady was at the helm. Enter an elderly scientist who proposes a new concoction based on royal jelly.
Here's where the limitations of such low budget features show: to prove that his enzyme extract works as a youth serum, the scientist tries an on-the-spot experiment with a small mammal; I think it was meant to show how a large old rat changes into a small baby rat; however, the large rat looks like a large guinnea pig.  Rolling Eyes  The strength of the picture rests on Susan Cabot in the lead role; she gives an effective, professional performance. The better scenes are the early ones - her inner struggle with aging and then the  abrupt change to her younger self. In later scenes, she changes into a wasp version of The Fly (1958). There's also a 'wasp-cat' creature (just a cat with minor attachments). BoG's Score: 5 out of 10

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