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The Wasp Woman (1995)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | TV Movie 1995
In this remake of the 1959 classic,the owner of a cosmetic company works with a Dr. that has been experimenting with a miracle cure for aging. He has extracted an enzyme from queen wasps that eventually change Janice into a giant insect.

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Jim Wynorski
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jennifer Rubin ... Janice
Doug Wert ... Alec
Daniel J. Travanti ... Dr. Zinthorp
Melissa Brasselle ... Mary
Maria Ford ... Caitlin
John Henry Richardson ... John (as Jay Richardson)
Gerrit Graham ... Arthur (as Gerritt Graham)
Richard Gabai ... Nick
Johnny Williams ... Wasp Collector
Lenny Juliano Lenny Juliano ... Wise Guy
Kimberley Roberts Kimberley Roberts ... Jogger (as Kimberly Roberts)
Fred Olen Ray ... Tex
Julie K. Smith Julie K. Smith ... Carla (as Julie Smith)
Rob Kerchner Rob Kerchner ... Assistant
Antonia Dorian ... Roommate
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This is the made for T.V. remake of the 1959 classic. Janice, the owner of a cosmetic company starts to work with a Dr. that has been experimenting with a miracle cure for aging. He has extracted an enzyme from queen wasps that makes Janice look much younger.Then the deadly side effect occurs and Janice is accidentally transformed into a giant wasp woman.At night she starts stalking her prey which results in mass hysteria. Written by blogmonstermike.wordpress.com

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Rated R for monster violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forbidden Beauty See more »

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Ultra Stereo

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Trivia

Jennifer Rubin starred in another science fiction horror movie the same year - Screamers (1995) as Jessica. See more »

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During the end credits Victor M. Macias is credited as a grip in both the main and the second unit, but in the latter his surname is misspelled as 'Marcias'. See more »

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Watchable but lacks that "Corman charm"
23 October 2013 | by bernhard_alundSee all my reviews

Being a fan of Coman's original creation from 1959 I had a hard time stomaching this remake. Sure the original film has its flaws like most Coman films with its dragged out dialog and quite boring mid-plot but it sure had charm which is something this film lacks. Everything ain't bad though and even if Wynorski fills out the majority of the plot with boring sex scenes there's one thing that this remake does better than the original and that the actual wasp woman. I'm not talking about Jennifer Rubin who just like a wasp couldn't act her way out of a paper bag; I'm talking about the transformed version of her. In the original film it was basically just Susan Cabot running around in a black spandex suit. This time Cormans studio actually put some dollars into creating a monster which is far far from believable but nevertheless quite creepy (almost at least). Sure it's stale and quite weird in some scenes but thinking of the budget and the year it was shot the only alternative would have been CGI-effects and we all know how that went in Dinosaur Island.

The story follows Cormans classic to the book with some exceptions but even so I can't help but asking myself what went wrong along the way. The whole film feels like a dragged out episode from Tales of the crypt. A show that I love but there was a reason why these episodes never went full-length.

Leaving this film behind in my Wynorskivaganza marathon (which never became a marathon because of work and other stuff to do) I am left with an empty feeling since it didn't really deliver where Wynorski often delivers. The sexy parts of the film are far from sexy, it lacks any humor like some of his other work and that creative cord that was still intact in his earlier films is long gone. In many ways it reminded me about his remake of Not of this earth. An movie that somehow survived a complete trashing thanks to its original story, which it copied from a 50's flick.


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