THE WASP WOMAN
The Wasp Woman was clearly made as a quickie designed to exploit the success of the previous years much better-budgeted human-insect mix-up film The Fly (1958). It is a passably well-made B movie but there is nothing remarkable to it. Most of the action is static and talky and the film drags, even though it only has a 73-minute running time. Indeed, The Wasp Woman is surely the first monster movie where the action is entirely limited to the confines of an office.
The monster mask looks cheap and obvious Corman uses it for some routine jumps but not much. Half of the drama in the film takes place off-screen including all the bee attacks and the scene where scientist Michael Marks is run down by a bus. The script has some fundamental confusions for one, the rejuvenation serum is derived from bees, yet the film calls itself The Wasp Woman. For no clear reason, once transformed into a bee/wasp, the title character develops vampiric tendencies, something that neither creature displays in the real world.
Roger Corman later remade the film as part of a cable tv movie package entitled The Wasp Woman/Forbidden Beauty (1995), starring Jennifer Rubin in the title role, Daniel J. Travanti as the mad scientist, and directed by low-budget hack Jim Wynorski.
Roger Cormans other genre films as director are: Day the World Ended (1955), It Conquered the World (1956), Not Of This Earth (1956), War of the Satellites (1956), Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957), The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Journey to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent (1957), The Undead (1957), Teenage Caveman (1958), A Bucket of Blood (1959), The House of Usher/The Fall of the House of Usher (1960), Last Woman on Earth (1960), The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961), Pit and the Pendulum (1961), Premature Burial (1962), Tales of Terror (1962), Tower of London (1962), The Haunted Palace (1963), The Raven (1963), The Terror (1963), X The Man with X-Ray Eyes (1963), The Masque of the Red Death (1964), The Tomb of Ligeia (1964), The Trip (1967), Gas; or It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It (1970) and Frankenstein Unbound (1990). Cormans World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) is a documentary about Cormans career.
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