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The Wasp Woman (1959)

The Wasp Woman (1959)

Country: USA

Director: Roger Corman, Jack Hill

Main Stars: Susan Cabot, Anthony Eisley, Barboura Morris

Storyline: A cosmetics woman creates a jelly from queen wasps to create a formula of youth but it has bad test results.

MV5BMTMxODE2MDg5Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDIwMDEzMQ@@__V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_Review (Spoils): Janice Starlin (Susan Cabot) runs a cosmetic firm but feel her aging is affecting her business and social life so she contacts a scientist named Eric Zinthrop. He has created a formula of youth from the jelly from wasps. She willing becomes the first test subject and injects herself with it. Her personality changes (not for the better) and slowly she becomes a massive bitch. Professor Zinthrop gets hit by a car and is taken out of the scene and now she has no cure when she slowly becomes the wasp woman.

The story is very basic and a lot of the film plays like The Fly except you do not feel empathy for the wasp woman. The special effects are cheesy but yet very cool and the storyline is not bad either. I have seen way worse films then this so I’m not sure why this isn’t more a classic.

Rating: I did not mind this film, it was what it was suppose to be, a cheesy monster film. If you’re looking for a drive in monster film this one is not so bad.

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4/10 Beers!

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Spider Baby (1968)

Spider Baby (1968)

Country:  USA

Director:  Jack Hill

Main StarsLon Chaney Jr, Carol Ohmart, Quinn K. Redeker, Sid Haig, Beverly Washburn, Jill Banner

Storyline:  The Merrye family are a bit strange because of generation of inbreeding which has led the latest bloodline to be mentally regressed.  Rich distant relatives and their lawyer arrive to overtake their home but they soon learn that you do not mess with the Merrye family.

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Review (Spoils): This movie runs along the lines of the Addams Family but add a bit weirder in there.  For what the budget was set too this film is actually entertaining.Lon Chaney Jr plays the caretaker Bruno who is trying to defend and hide the family’s mental issues in which he calls “rotting of the brain”. Next to stealing the show is the strange daughters Elizabeth and Virginia (Beverly Washburn, Jill Banner) who like to play a strange little game called ‘Spider”.  This adds to the film and shows to me the real horror of the family characteristics.  Sid Haig also does a great job playing the goofy brother Ralph who reminds a lot of the Adam’s Family. The devoted semi title of the film called “The Maddest Story Ever Told” does hold some truth once you’re through this one.

Rating: I really did like this film and I hunted it down as it was getting some great creepy reviews. Yes it not scary but it plays on black humor and creepy atmosphere.  The whole “spider” game and idea worked well and will not be forgotten.

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6/10 Beers!

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