Available on DVD !
To buy, click on link(s) below and help keep this site afloat
Always make sure of DVD-compatibility !!!
Janice (Jennifer Rubin) is a former top model who has since launched a
fairly successful skincare company, which she's also the face of - but
she, while still very attractive, is getting on in age a bit, a fact that
isn't even lost on her, and painfully so, since her partners think they
have found a new spokesperson for the company in younger Caitlin (Maria
Ford), and Janice simply doesn't want to play second fiddle in her
company, in any position. But recently, Janice has made the acquaintance
of Dr Winthrop, a (mad) scientist who thinks he has found a youth serum
based on the genetic structure of the common wasp. It's untested of
course, but Janice blackmails Winthrop to first test the serum on her -
with fantastic results, all of a sudden, Janice looks like 25 again and
draws the attention of everybody. Thing is, there are some side effects -
as a matter of fact, the serum turns the user into a murderous wasp when
sexually aroused - and Winthrop himself is the first who has to become
victim of that when he is killed by his own labcat turned wasp. There is
one more problem even, the serum heightens the sex drive of the user ...
so after a night on the pull, Janice finds she has killed the assistant
(Richard Gabai) of her boyfriend Alec (Doug Wert), a naive young man who
just couldn't resist her ...
When Janice finds out what she has become,
she first uses her newfound lethal powers on those who have wronged her,
like her treacherous second-in-command (Gerrit Graham) and a competitor
(Jay Richardson) planning a (less than) friendly takeover of her company.
But eventually, her jealousy takes over, and she kills Caitlin whom she
suspects of having had an affair with Alec (and to be fair, she had
reasons to believe that, even if she was mistaken). But eventually, her
jealousy just runs rampant and she tries to kill her own sister Mary
(Melissa Brasselle) on very unfounded suspicions that she had an affair
with Alec as well. But Alec saves Mary in the nick of time, which is when
Janice finally sees how wrong she has been, and she lets herself be blown
up to end her reign of terror ...
A remake of Roger Corman's The
Wasp Woman from 1960 - not one of Corman's best films -, this film
is ... actually more fun than it's supposed to be: Sure, the film is a
thinly-veiled reworking of the Jekyll
& Hyde formula with monsters and topless nudity thrown in,
and it's underbudgeted for it's story (as was Corman's original), which is
rather obvious in the creature design among other things ... but somehow
the film actually works: It's approach to the genre is light-footed, it
doesn't take itself wholly seriously while at the same time it does make a
point or two about our day and age's obsession with models, youth and
perfection, and the story at least is rather well-structured (not always
the case with creature features) and populated with a few actual
characters rather than paper cutouts (again, not always the case with
Now don't get me wrong, this is not a masterpiece by
any definition of the word, but when it comes to low budget creature
features, you could just to a lot worse ...