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THE WASP WOMAN (1959) – Episode 154 – Decades of Horror: The Classic Era

“The enzymes . . . the enzymes, they’re going crazy. You do not understand that she’s a danger! You must stop her before it’s too late, you fool! Miss Starlin will kill her . . . tear her body to shreds. Miss Starlin is not a human being any longer.” Could she be a . . . a wasp woman? Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Doc Rotten, and Jeff Mohr – as they feast on the royal jelly served up in Roger Corman’s The Wasp Woman (1959).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 154 – The Wasp Woman (1959)

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The head of a major cosmetics company experiments on herself with a youth formula made from royal jelly extracted from wasps, but the formula’s side effects have deadly consequences.

Who’s ready for some early Roger Corman-directed, drive-in monster movie madness? Oh, yes! Does it get any more “signature 1950s creature feature” than The Wasp Woman? Short run time, straightforward direction, thin but interesting plot, and crappy-yet-delightfully-campy monster make-up: it all adds up to a good time. This is especially true if you’re a monster kid through and through. Check out the Grue-Crew review and keep your ‘royal jelly’ safely hidden away.

At the time of this writing, The Wasp Woman is available for streaming from the Classic Horror Movie Channel, Kanopy, Amazon Prime, and several additional free with ads, subscription, and PPV sources. The film is also available as a Blu-ray disc from Scream Factory!

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule, as chosen by Jeff, is It Came From Outer Space (1953), directed by Jack Arnold, starring Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, and some one-big-eyed extraterrestrials with strange abilities.

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.