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3.0 out of 5 stars You're so vain... dum de dum, 6 Dec 2011
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This review is from: The Wasp Woman [DVD] [1959] (DVD)
One of those films that can very easily polarise an audience straddling somewhere between dreadful and really quite good depending on ones appreciation for the genre, expectations, tolerance levels etc.
Janice Starlin is a fading beauty products promoter of her own range of products (the film promotes her as fading looks wise due to age but there's barely any discernable difference between her in her 40's and her 15 year younger transformation - she looks fine either way)
Starlin co-opts the assistance of a fellow who has discovered the secret of turning the clock back via the medium of wasps royal jelly (not sure whether wasps produce royal jelly though) There are a number of quite bizarre scenes such as when the scientist in question is let go from his former employer he reveals his discovery but his sponsor stands by his decision, seemingly based upon a whim at the time. I would have felt he may have wanted to first check the substance of this amazing claim to the elixir of life before sacking him but naah who can be bothered with that.
Later on in a perfunctory experiment whereby a fat guinea pig is injected with the serum the rodent doesn't just get younger it transforms into an entirely different species, a rat!
For nearly the first hour of the film there is a number of scenes which whilst I largely found relatively interesting, amount to little more than filler. It's a bit suprising and disappointing that more screen time wasn't given to some hot Wasp Woman action, her only really figuring in the last 15-20 minutes.
Anyway the serum transforms Ms Starlin into a killer hybrid wasp, the scientist himself gets 'attacked' by a cat (another test subject) that weirdly appears to have had some attempt at fixing little wasp wings onto its back and it all ends in tears with an enormous rolled up newspaper coming to the rescue (made that bit up!)
Amusingly Starlin is far more perturbed at her youth serum running out then her transformations into a killer wasp, not such a far fetched concept when I think about an ex of mine; it is quite good fun and would make a great big budget remake to compliment The Fly!
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