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Janice Starlin (Susan Cabot), owner of a cosmetics company, sees her
sales plummet with her youth waneing, since she was the face of her
own company for years, but now that she has aged visibly she
can't represent the company anymore.
That's when Professor Zinthrop (Michael Mark) steps into her life, who
seems to have found the solution for all her problems, royal jelly from
the queen wasp, which, when injected int he correct dose, can make animals
visibly younger. It's just not tested on humans, so Janice volunteers to
be his first guinea pig, and promises his experiments sufficient funding
Several of her friends and employees - including her secretary Mary
(Barboura Morris), her publicity agent Bill (Anthony Eisley) and the
company's head scientist Cooper (William Roderick) worry that she has
fallen for a fraud ... until she presents the results of Zinthrop's
experiments, as Janice, a woman in her forties, suddenly looks like 23
But of course this wouldn't be a good shocker wopuldn't there be a
problem or two: First off, the effect is only temporary, so Janice needs
more and more royal jelly, and secondly, if she doesn't get the jelly
quick enough, she turns into a human wasp, who even eats up people (like
poor scientist Cooper, whom she finds snooping around in Zinthrop's lab).
Now that all would be bad enough, but then Zinthrop, who has just found
out about the unpleasent side effects and wanted to warn his employer, is
hit by a car, and badly too. So Janice is left with the little supply of
royal jelly Zinthrop keeps in his lab's fridge at her disposal, and after
that, she - as wasp woman - goes berserk, and is just about to kill Mary
when Zinthrop - whom she got back into his lab despite his condition -
throws acid into her face before dieing himself, and ultimately, Bill the
hero throws wasp woman out of a window ... and despite being all waspy and
stuff, Janice jsut had no wings to fly, so she falls to her death.
Now if my synopsis sounded like a clever satire on society's obsession
with (eternal) youth, quite frankly the film is not, it's just a cheaply
produced but competently put together drive-in shocker starring a woman in
a not too convincing wasp-outfit. And in case you are wondering, yes the
plot is silly and highly derivative - but isn't that part of the
attraction that drive-in shockers from the late 1950's/early 60's hold
until today ? So like me, you just might enjoy Wasp Woman.