The Wasp Woman (1959)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Creature Film  |   Release Date - Oct 30, 1959 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 84 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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This goofy but entertaining horror cheapie from producer-director Roger Corman and company involves the efforts of a questionable scientist working for cosmetics magnate Susan Cabot, who is developing a new rejuvenating beauty cream derived from an enzyme secreted by wasps, intended to make women look eternally youthful. A vain woman obsessed with restoring her lost beauty, Cabot insists on being the first test subject. The solution proves remarkably effective at first, transforming her into a sultry raven-haired vixen...until she begins to take on the predatory traits of a giant female wasp, setting out on a nocturnal killing spree. Originally double-billed with The Beast from Haunted Cave, this cheesy monster mash inspired the less-amusing Leech Woman and was later remade for 1980s audiences (i.e., with a higher sex-and-gore quotient) as Evil Spawn.

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beauty [physical], cosmetics, creature, experiment, monster, potion, scientist, wasp