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How to get rid of bees, wasps in the house, in the wall, the country.

We all know, as can be unpleasant stings of bees, wasps or hornets.

And it happens, aggressive insects that bite right at the mother house in the country.

Of course, Bee in the warm season can bite at any place, but if your neighbor keeps an apiary, then the probability increases 20 times.

What to do and how to deal? Today we tell you about, how to get rid of bees neighbor, troops are attacking your site.

Getting rid of bees in the country, if they fly from the neighboring areas?

Professional beekeepers know, that the rules around the site of the apiary should be erected fence height from the deaf 2 to 3 m.

The fence works well: insects fly through it and rising to a height, just flying over your head to honey plants collect honey.

But there are also amateur beekeepers and, who keep bees for themselves.

In this case, you can simply humanly talk and explain the situation.

If the neighbor does not respond, then deal with the insects have their own.

It is recommended to pre-warn the neighbors that beekeepers, that plan to use bait. Very often the conversation has effectively.

The easiest way – This landing area on the edge of Melissa. Insects do not like it spicy smell and will not fly in your area.

How to destroy the bees neighbor using traps?

If severely impede bees neighbors, you can buy a special trap, which will fly insect.

Inside the box is placed goodies: copper, sugar, syrup.

Trap better to hang on the tree yard, it looks like a bright flashlight, and even decorate the area.

Bees fly in a trap, but can not fly.

After fishing you can destroy bees, using poison or insecticides, or simply turn insects.

How to destroy bee venom?

Doing this not recommended, Bees extermination neighborhood but can be made so: mix poison to insects as a delicacy, which lay a trap.

But be warned, insects that can be consumed immediately, and will infect family in the hive.

Why can not slack off neighboring bees?

Recently, the use of poisons is considered dangerous. The point is, what, if poisoned bees come back to the hive with honey, may die the whole bee family.

If you potruyily insects, then do not release them from the trap and do not give back, and wait, until all specimens will not be destroyed.

As poison bees and wasps: effective ways to get rid of insects

Since wasps better not stand on ceremony, like bees. It is recommended to immediately apply the remedy for wasps and bees, giving insects, threatening.

Cheap types of poisons can try to use the old proven dichlorvos.

With more expensive means is to provide:

  • «Aktellik» and «Arrivo», «Moskitol» (protection from wasps). In any of the compositions must be carefully sprinkle hornet’s nest.
  • Smoke bombs «Fas».
  • «Domestos». Wasps will not survive after undiluted solution.

Wait a while, then wrap nest in dense package, bind them, then cut the nest of its location.

In this vacuum of poison wasps die very quickly, and the remnants of the nest is recommended to burn.

The only, which is important in this work – personal safety and the need to protect against bites.

Wear tight clothes, hat, bottom and sleeves and trousers fasten elastic bands.

As ba kill without poison?

How to destroy wasps? If you do not want to use poisoning insects, simply utopias their nest in water.

In the literature recommended to fill a bucket with water, bring it to a hornet’s nest and raise so, to nest immersed in water.

Is it safe? No, is the chance of being bitten by wasps. Wasps are very vindictive insects, and attempted attacks will avenge you.

A few ways to deal with wasps:

  • Lower the jack into boiling water, and then bury it in the ground.
  • Spray the nest clean gasoline.
  • Use bait, OS could and should add to it the poison.
  • Dip nest in water, then bury it in the ground and pour cement.

The easiest way to bring the wasps in the spring during the early construction of the nest. The nest of wasps and ground bees may appear in the balcony, living room wall, on the porch of a private house.

Wasp resembles a house the size of a walnut, because it simply removed and put pressure foot.

Humane ways to deal with wasps

  1. Place near the house burning oc cut red pepper. Insects can not tolerate the smell after a few days and can fly forever.
  2. Dissolve in water, honey or jam to a thick syrup. Put containers far away from home, often moving closer to the axis treats.

How to display OS without poison and not be bitten?

A wasp nest flock closer to the night, but you can not remove it while, while no insects.

In this case, they will attack you more strength to the end of the season.

Therefore, an operation to destroy recommended at night or early in the morning.

After removing the nest remains cut off all his, location and rinse chlorine and potassium permanganate.

It is worth to hang the tape from insects.

How to get rid of pesky wasps and other insects?

Well-proven electrical appliances to get rid of wasps, bees.

They are not very expensive, but if your neighbors are annually bred bees, the device is useful.

There he:

  1. Includes a network device.
  2. A few minutes later he begins to emit light, attracting wasps, bees flies, flying bee and excavation.
  3. Insects tend to light, pass through a special mesh, receiving electric shock.
  4. Everything, insects destroyed. To attract bees to the device is, next to him can be set honey or syrup, because bees are guided by smell.

The second device of similar action – «Mosquito». It also attracts insects light, But inside pulls them through the air flow.

Summarizing, that is to say, the fight against neighboring bees could lead to strife, but suffer insect bites also impossible.

To speed up the process of resolving the issue you can contact the Public Health Department, after which its employees to quickly take action.

There are certain safety rules, and breeding bees should in no way prevent people, living nearby.

User Reviews (23)

Just saw Andrea Arnold’s ‘WASP’ and am blown away by the her talent — this story is so painfully real that as much as you want to look away you can’t.

Beautifully cast and acted — not one false note from any of the cast (the kids are superb) and shot in such away that you find yourself not watching a dramatization but participating in something that is actually happening. You want to reach out and just grab the mother and shake some sense into her, even as you can’t begrudge her need to have a brief moment of happiness (potentially destructive as her actions and needs are).

The director has great talent! Hopefully Hollywood will cultivate her!!

This really is an extraordinary and exceptional film. Gritty, real, touching and also incredibly tense and full of suspense. The free flowing nature of the camera-work adds to the already vivid realism, almost docudrama style. As a viewer you are drawn into this impoverished and deprived world, you feel immediate empathy for the central character in her desperate situation. She shows warmth, love and humanity to her children side by side with an appalling judgement about their well-being and safety. She is wonderfully contrasting yet totally believable and genuine.

It’s a true eye opener of a film. Certainly one of the best short films I have ever seen. Worth going out of your way too see.

Zoë is a young mother of four small children. She’s really down on her luck. Her partner has left her, she has little money, the kids need what kids need. Well food mainly. She has attitude. So would anyone in her position.

Angrily she storms down the stairs of her high rise carrying her baby boy and with her little daughters storming alongside her. She is wearing a nightie, and that’s it. No shoes, no knickers. She stomps across a bleak working class estate and bangs on a door. When another young mother opens the door, Zoë falls upon her and the pair tumble out into the street fighting the way women do, hair in both hands, shrieking and swearing. There’s some issue over their children squabbling. The neighbours drag them apart and as she beats a retreat, she and the kids, on her command, all together, give them The Finger.

Then Zoë meets an old flame Kai and the chemistry between them is palpable. Kai asks her out, but wonders who the children belong too. «I’m looking after them for a friend», lies Zoë. It’s her first date for a long, long time, but she can’t find a baby sitter. In the end she has to take the children with her. She’s pulled between her genuine love for her children and her desperate need to, just once, break away from her troubles and have fun.

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The story is powerful, supported by a careful and accurate screenplay. The whole cast plays well, but this is Nathalie Press’ film. The Zoë character is feisty and frightened, blousy, brave and beautiful, despairing and hopeful, and Press hits the nail square on the head. The performances from the children are astonishing. Either the editors found some of the best child actors in Britain, or an enormous amount of material ended up on the cutting room floor as the editors tracked down just what they wanted. Kai needs to be gentle and intelligent, and the well-cast Danny Dyer gets it just right.

This short film really got to me. I it found heart breaking watching the young mother and her children gradually getting into more and more trouble. She just needed someone to take care of her! Director Andrea Arnold made a very special film. I score 10/10.

Update — and on 27th Feb 2005 Wasp won the Oscar for Best live action short film.

The development of lightweight portable 16mm camera equipment about 1960 made possible a new style of documentary film called «Direct Cinema». Instead of the traditional scripted (obviously fictionalized) method, in this new style the filmmakers do not involve themselves in the action. The camera being all seeing and unobtrusive-if the camera is not actually hidden the subjects become so used to it that they ignore its presence.

What makes «Wasp» so unique is its almost seamless fusion of the two documentary styles. Writer/director Andrea Arnold scripts a fictional story intended to look so authentic that it can pass as direct cinema.

This is done so effectively that not only is a casual viewer unable to tell whether it is fact or fact-based fiction, but in most cases actually assumes the story is authentic and the characters real. The acting (particularly by the children) is so well directed and edited that you feel certain that these are real people.

There is a bit of a false note in that the actress (Natahlie Press) who plays the mother is a bit too attractive; although they try to detune her appearance this factor still raises early suspicions . The only other false note is that at no time does anyone look directly into the camera, something inevitable when working with non-actors. But even this is not an infallible indicator because it would have been possible though careful editing to effectively trim out these behaviors.

The appearance of the wasp (a metaphor for the risks of growing up in this type of environment) is surreal enough to tip off the viewer to the true nature of the film, but it occurs so late in the production that it does not spoil much of a viewer’s roller-coaster experience.

The 23-minute «Wasp» is a project of The UK Film Council’s decision to select and fund the making of new short films by talented, but as yet unknown directors. Apparently the project is very open with few rules and structure, each director is given $50,000 by the project.

«Wasp» was shot on a council estate (a public housing project) and is intended to be a realistic but fictional glimpse into one day in the life of a fairly «typical» unmarried mother (insert British white trash here). In these public high-rises the adult occupants dream about the lives of David and Victoria Beckham and the children aspire to trips to McDonalds (especially attractive when their kitchen only contains moldy bread and white sugar).

Because Zoe (Press) fears her four young children will be taken from her, she drags them along to a pub where she is meeting a potential new boyfriend. They are not permitted in the pub and must stay outside with the baby. While she plays pool and gets romanced the children wait outside, bored and hungry. They manage to invent a few games to amuse themselves. The oldest daughter, who looks to be about eight, is already more mature than the mother and resourcefully scrounges for food.

Although a bit heavy-handed in making its points, the film nicely avoids a preachy tone. I found it absolutely riveting and its Oscar well deserved.

Then again, what do I know? I’m only a child.

Trained Wasps May Be Used To Detect Bombs, Bugs, Bodies And More

An unusual device that uses trained wasps, rather than trained dogs, to detect specific chemical odors could one day be used to find hidden explosives, plant diseases, illegal drugs, cancer and even buried bodies, according to a joint study by researchers at the University of Georgia and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The trained wasps are contained in a cup-sized device, called a «Wasp Hound,» that is capable of sounding an alarm or triggering a visual signal, such as a flashing light, when the insects encounter a target odor. The sensor is cheaper to use than trained dogs and more sensitive than some sophisticated chemical detection methods, including electronic noses, the researchers say. Their experimental device is described in a study slated to be published in the Jan.-Feb. issue of Biotechnology Progress, a joint publication of the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

The idea of using unconventional biological sensors to detect target odors is not new, according to study leaders Glen C. Rains, Ph.D., a biological engineer with the University of Georgia in Tifton, Ga., and W. Joe Lewis, Ph.D., a research entomologist with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, also in Tifton. Rats, honeybees, fish and even yeasts have all been used experimentally to detect various explosives or toxins, they say.

«We’ve now developed a prototype device that puts the idea of using chemical-sensing wasps into a practical framework and its possibilities are astounding,» says Rains, who believes that the device could be ready for commercialization in five to ten years. Like batteries in a smoke detector, the trained wasps won’t live forever and will eventually have to be replaced, he says.

In the current study, the researchers used Microplitis croceipes, a species of tiny parasitic wasps that can be trained to detect certain odors by associating the odors with a food reward. The wasps are not capable of stinging humans, the scientists say. Training a single wasp to detect a target odor can take as little as five minutes and the insects can be easily bred by the thousands, they say.

The research team developed a special ventilated device, composed of PVC pipe, which holds a small cartridge containing five trained wasps. The wasps were trained to detect 3-octanone, a chemical produced by certain toxic fungi that infect corn and peanut crops. The presence of the fungi can result in costly crop losses.

The Wasp Hound contains a tiny camera that is linked to a computer to record the movement of the wasps. In a controlled test, the device was exposed to batches of dried feed corn containing either the target chemical, myrcene (a compound of neutral interest to the wasps) or corn alone. In comparison to a group of untrained wasps, the trained wasps showed significantly stronger behavioral responses to the target odor than to the myrcene and control treatments. Responses include moving toward the target odor source and congregating around the device’s odor inlet. This movement can be translated into an alarm signal to indicate the presence of a toxic plant fungus, the scientists say.

Besides detecting plant diseases, the device has a wide variety of other potential applications. In previous studies, the researchers demonstrated that they also could train the wasps to detect 2,4-dinitrotoluene (2,4-DNT), a chemical used in certain explosives. The wasps can also be used to detect chemical odors that are associated with certain human diseases, including lung cancer, skin cancer and stomach ulcers, they say. More recently, their group has been looking into the possibility of using the wasps to detect odors associated with hidden bodies, from murder victims to victims of disasters.

User Reviews (102)

THE WASP WOMAN is certainly not a film to be taken very seriously as it details the hideous and unexpected transformation of a woman looking for the fountain of youth into a rather nasty flesh-eating monster instead. an unforeseen side effect of Dr. Zinthrop’s wasp enzyme treatments. The common be wary of science theme is certainly in full force here and it does feel comfortable in this low budget environment.

The best thing about this film is it has a great pace as it keeps moving along nicely and is consistently entertaining. The worst is the low budget look of the monster and the awful music.

One of Roger Corman’s better directorial efforts about reversing the aging process to sell cosmetics in the early 60’s! Susan Cabot, the lead, finished her film career with this one before returning to the theatre in New York after many films in the 50’s. Unfortunately, she was bludgeoned to death by her dwarf son sometime in the 80’s which ended her promising career. She was a serious actress with a terrible final act.

A definite 6 out of 10. Best performance = Susan Cabot. Worst performance = Anthony (Fred) Eisley — the «actor» who always managed to reach the pinnacle of Blandness in every film he made in the 60’s. Dr. Zin in his spotted pajamas reminds me of someone’s Uncle Luigi. An under-rated low budget flick which hits a nerve (cosmetics, pshaw). This is on DVD. Seek it out!

The plot of this film has the head of a cosmetics firm trying out a new formula formed from the jelly of a queen wasp. The make-up actually makes the woman younger, but has the horrible side effect in that it turns the woman into a killer human wasp.

Oh what a silly film this is. Its also a great deal of fun. The story is wildly silly, there’s a monster that looks ridiculous, and enough skill behind the camera to produce just the right amount of tension to keep you watching. It all combines to form a perfectly charming little movie.

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Good, but far from great, the Wasp Woman gets its classic status from the fact that the film used to be in permanent rotation on late night horror TV. I can’t tell you how many times my mind was warped by this little gem over the years. It seemed it was always on and pretty much everyone I knew saw it over and over again. It became a joke of sorts as the quintessential «bad movie», its bug eyed monster in tights was exactly the sort of monster you didn’t want to see in a movie.

Highly recommended to those who want to see a what horror films used to be like at the height of the drive- in era, or to those who just want something to keep themselves distract on a dark and stormy night.

******SPOILERS***** Decent Roger Corman film about the goings on in a top cosmetic company and the story of it’s CEO and founder who hit upon hard times when her looks who were the companies best advertisement began to develop wrinkles as she began to approach middle-age as did the companies, in being cut in half, profits.

Cosmetic Queen Janice Starlin, Susan Cabot, needs something to jump-start her falling business and just then pops in Eric Zinthrop, Michael Mark, an eccentric scientist. Zinthrop’s experiments with wasp royal jelly has brought on his subjects, hamsters dogs and cats, miracles in retarding the aging process and bringing them back to their youth. Seeing first hand and being convinced by Zinthrop’s experiments Janice eagerly volunteers to be injected with Zinthrop’s serum and becomes more youthful looking as the injections continue. But like most women Janice feels that she not youthful enough and starts, against Zinthrop’s advice, to take them by herself and in larger and larger dosages. As Janice becomes more youthful she also becomes more waspish and wasps especially a queen wasp are dangerous and deadly creatures.

The acting is much better then you would expect from an early Roger Corman horror movie. Even though you don’t see Janice transform into the deadly Wasp Woman until almost in the last third of the movie which makes the horror scenes very limited but their still both shocking as well as effective. The very good acting by all involved in the film keeps you interested in the story up until the horror and action scenes starts.

Even though Janice is both a small and delicate woman, even made up as the Wasp Woman, she’s very physical aggressive and frightening in all her action scenes in which all her victims are far bigger then she is.

Zinthrop being more or less the mad scientist type in the movie was anything but mad but very concerned for Janice in his experiments on her and it was Janice who went too far not him in pursuing them. «The Wasp Woman» is one of Roger Corman’s better earlier movies with a sound plot and top notch acting By Susan Cabot, Michael Mark, Arthur Cooper Anthony Eisley and the very likable Barboura Morris that rises the film above the B-Horror movie that you would have thought that it would be.

Beee-eautiful Janet Starlin doesn’t realize that her nerdy glasses and her constipated expression make her look older, and when her «age» beee-gins to interfere with her successful cosmetics company, she takes some never-bee-fore-attempted measures to regain her youth.

Teaming up with a would-bee mad scientist, she allows him to inject her with a serum made from the royal jelly of wasps, and pretty soon she looks 22 again. Unfortunately, it also makes her turn into a wasp monster at certain inopportune moments, like when she gets a tension headache. Needless to say, when she’s a wasp, she’s a beee-itch.

Some good buzzing bee-woman action in this one, I love the part where Janet/Wasp Woman confronts a mild-mannered nurse and rushes at her, blocking her escape by body-slamming a door closed right in front of her. Lots of fun for campy monster fans, anybody expecting anything really scary or thrilling. well, don’t bother this movie and it won’t bother you.

One of producer & director Roger Cormans’ most beloved schlock pictures is great fun, and is seen as a minor camp classic. Corman regular Susan Cabot («Sorority Girl») stars as Janice Starlin, a 40 year old cosmetics magnate who fears getting old. One day, she makes the acquaintance of mad scientist Eric Zinthrop (Michael Mark of the 1931 «Frankenstein»). He’s developed a serum, derived from wasp enzymes, that can restore youth to living things. She insists that she be the first human guinea pig, with devastating results: she sometimes turns into a humanoid monster with a wasp head and hands, and which is compelled to kill.

This is actually rather well acted for such a silly B flick, with a cast also including Anthony Eisley (‘Hawaiian Eye’), the beautiful Barboura Morris («A Bucket of Blood»), William Roerick («Not of This Earth»), Frank Gerstle («The Atomic Brain»), Roy Gordon («Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman»), Bruno VeSota («Attack of the Giant Leeches»), and Frank Wolff («Beast from Haunted Cave»). Cabot is appealing in the lead and Morris is just luminous as an employee who does some sleuthing into Zinthrops’ background.

Corman is wise enough to dole out good «wasp woman» action in little bits and pieces. The effects are utterly tacky (Cabots’ head may be covered, but her neck is clearly visible), but in this sort of ultra cheap genre entry, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Fortunately, the story (scripted by actor Leo Gordon, another frequent Corman collaborator) surrounding the set pieces is entertaining enough that we don’t mind the wait. In the meantime, there’s a lively jazz score by Fred Katz to keep us amused.

When the movie was sold to television, Corman had one of his many proteges, Jack Hill («Coffy»), shoot about nine minutes of new footage.

Be sure to watch for Cormans’ unbilled cameo as a hospital doctor.

Seven out of 10.

For many years I had been aware of The Wasp Woman from its iconic poster, which showed a gigantic wasp with a seductive woman’s head, attacking an unfortunate man. In keeping the best traditions of 50’s exploitation cinema, this poster looks great while reflecting the content of the actual film in no way whatsoever! The wasp woman of the title is, unfortunately, no more than a lady in what amounts to a Halloween mask. So from that perspective The Wasp Woman is a little disappointing. But no matter because, overall, this one actually turns out to be one of the better sci-fi horror cheapies from the late 50’s. Its story has a crazed scientist developing an enzyme derived from wasps which when used on a subject, makes them look much more youthful. He sells his idea to a female cosmetics magnate who insists on testing it out on herself first. All begins well but things deteriorate and she turns into the killer creature known as the wasp woman.

What this one has on its side is entertaining and fast-paced direction from Roger Corman and a very good central performance from Susan Cabot. Her character is a little more interesting and believable than you normally get in these types of pics. She is a woman who fears the ageing process and seeks eternal youth; so her concerns are quite universal and it adds a welcome human dimension to a monster movie. As I said before, the make-up really is cheap-jack and unimpressive but the overall production is put together with some care otherwise, with some interesting characters and a decent enough script. Of additional value was the soundtrack, which consisted of some really great, manic music which accompanied proceedings very well. All-in-all, this is a bit of a favourite of mine when it comes to low-budget 50’s creature features. Great fun.

A woman seeks eternal youth through wasp juice and ends up killing all the men she comes in contact with — she even goes after the lovely secretary (Morris)!

Although promotional materials promised a huge wasp with a woman’s face, Corman’s film offers, of course, just the opposite. Cabot is one of the best at this stuff — she really raises the film out of the boredom much of the rest of it wallows in and the screen is much more engaging when she is on it. In fact, whenever she’s on screen you want to look at her — especially when she’s tearing into a young executive to drain his life essence!

Good stuff for fans of this type of film. Those looking for real scares will probably know to look elsewhere.

This Roger Corman B- horror film isn’t bad. It good have been better with a little more action earlier on. When you advertise a film featuring a monster, you don’t want to wait for over three-quarters of that film waiting for it. That was the case here with the Wasp Woman who doesn’t become that and start killing people until the last 15 minutes of the 72-minute film.

However, it wasn’t totally boring up to then. It was still fairly interesting as it showed an eccentric scientist inventing a serum that would reverse the aging process. He finds a willing subject in the head of a cosmetics firm that is falling on hard times. The owner, who was the centerpiece of the company’s advertising for so many years, is no longer young and attractive, and sales of their products have fallen off.

But once she begins to take this serum, after being convinced it works because she’s seen the effect on rabbits and cats, she slowly begins to look young and prettier again. However, she gets greedy and takes too much. The result: when angry, she turns into a wasp, killing and devouring its prey — whoever is in her way at a particular moment. Worse things happen: the scientist is a victim of a hit-and-run, is in a coma for about a week and our lady exec is just about out of serum. It’s panic time. The rest of the select circle of employees, meanwhile, have been suspicious of this whole thing from day one and have spied here and there. One of them was the Wasp Woman’s first victim. The guy nosed around too much in the lab. The rest of the crew, however, is still alive and now pretty much knows what’s going on as the doctor begins to slowly snap out of it and warn them about «Janice Starlin,» aka The Wasp Woman. A confrontation with all of them ensues in a violent, dramatic ending.

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Susan Cabot does a nice job playing the cosmetics CEO and »Michael Mrk» isn’t bad as the scientist, «Eric Zinthrop.» None of the actors are terrible, actually, which I usually except in these kind of B-films. They aren’t Laurence Oliver or Meryl Streep, but they’re competent enough.

Corman’s goofy music score was very reminiscent of his 1960 hit, «The Little Shop Of Horrors.» This movie didn’t have that pizazz to it but, as said in the first sentence, wasn’t bad. It certainly is worth a look for sci-fi or horror films of the ’50s and ’60s. With its short running time, even if you don’t like it, it didn’t take up the whole night.

Actually, it’s an interesting take on a familiar idea — that women should not try to hold on to youth, that they should grow up and age gracefully. And yet everything in our culture has always told us that path leads to invisibility, loss of affection, and in cosmetics queen Janice Starlin’s (Susan Cabot) case, loss of revenue. At age 40, Janice Starlin’s cosmetic company is losing ground, and her board tells her that is because she has always been the face of her products, but putting the faces of other models on those products instead has caused women to lose confidence in her products. She replies that her now 40 year old face will not sell products either.

She is then visited by scientist Eric Zinthrop who tells her he believes he has invented a serum from wasps that can rejuvenate the old. He wants only a small percentage of any sales she might make and full credit for the discovery. Starlin in return demands to be the first human that his serum is tested on.

When testing begins on Janice she does begin to lose years — she now looks 35 instead of 40. But she wants the transformation to occur faster. Without Zinthrop’s knowledge she takes extra injections, and she now looks 22 years old. But there is an unknown side effect. The cat that Zinthrop was testing has become deranged and attacks him. Before he can tell anyone, he wanders into traffic, is injured badly in an accident, and is transported to a hospital with possible brain damage.

Meanwhile Janice is acting antsy, hearing wasps buzzing in her head, and frantically looking for Zinthrop because she thinks her problem is that she will soon be out of serum when her fate is far worse.

You can tell this is purely poverty row, because every shot is a close up so the art direction can be kept to a minimum. And for Starlin’s company to be so big and busy I count about half a dozen people who work at the firm, including two secretaries who seem to constantly be loafing. If not for the really laughable and very cheap special effects, this might have been better. Like other 50s sci-fi horror films it distills horror down to a basic fact — that humans are afraid of their bodies getting out of control either by the aging process or by disease. It is the reason cancer is so scary. I’d mildly recommend this one.

«American Woman. Mama let me be-hee! . Don’t come hangin’ around my door. I don’t wanna see your (very ugly black waspy) face no more!»

Sorry, got a little carried away here. For some reason I got this superb THE GUESS WHO song stuck in my head.

Anyway, Roger Corman’s THE WASP WOMAN from 1960. That’s what I should be talking about, right? Well, there ain’t too much to say about, except for the fact that it’s a fun little creature feature from a director that I wouldn’t exactly call the most versatile film-maker on the planet, but certainly one of the most productive ones and on top of that, one that is always very creative with a low budget. I can already agree with fellow commentators on here, that the IMDb rating for this Corman quickie is shamefully low. Too low, really, because THE WASP WOMAN isn’t a bad movie. Okay, I have to admit that the opening scenes (sloppily filmed shots with the bee-doctor and the wasp-doctor and their buzzing little friends in the yard) looked pretty bad and were not very promising for the rest of the movie (I mean, a character — in this case Michael Mark as Dr. Zinthrop — taking to himself and his little wasp friends always looks pretty stupid in a movie). But as soon as the movie makes the switch to the interior sets of the cosmetic company, the movie gets considerably better and the directing becomes tighter.

It seems like Roger Corman saw and enjoyed the 1958 version of THE FLY (of course he did), and was also impressed by how well that one did at the time. THE WASP WOMAN, to me at least, showed a lot of similarities with the basic premise of THE FLY. This time, a cosmetic magnate (Janice Starlin) gets transformed into a man-sized wasp, instead of a dedicated scientist being transformed into a man with the over-sized head of a fly. Corman just switched the whole «scientist discovering the ways of teleportation»-part for a «mankind’s desire to unravel the secrets to eternal youth»-angle. Now, THE FLY is a far superior film, of course, but that doesn’t mean that THE WASP WOMAN is less enjoyable. The movie isn’t too long, so the simple story hums along nicely. There’s fun dialogues delivered by capable actors. One of the most remarkable aspects about THE WASP WOMAN, was the musical score. Sometimes it sounds a bit «classic», but over-all I’d say it was heavily influenced by the social-cultural environment of the era this movie was made in. The Beat Generation literary movement had just flourished immensely (converting many people into «Beatniks»), and also influenced (or was associated with) the musical landscape at the time (anybody seen Roger Corman’s A BUCKET OF BLOOD?). One genre associated with the «Beatniks», was some sort of experimental, big-band sounding free-style jazz type of music. And you can clearly hear echoes of such music on THE WASP WOMAN’s soundtrack, together with attempts at a few comical tunes (which sadly misfire — the scarce little attempts at humor don’t work as well as the black humor in A BUCKET OF BLOOD, in my opinion). But all-in-all, because of the musical score being a hectic amalgam of different styles, it provides sort of an enjoyable nervousness (and always remains well-timed, increasing the tension when it’s called for), making the movie a tad bit nuttier than your average creature feature from that era.

Now, the one complaint I have — and I owe that to myself — is that I expected just a little bit more from this movie, especially when it comes to the Wasp Woman/Creature itself. Two things basically: I expected the creature design to have a few extra legs, claws or wings even. But it’s just just a dude/gal in a black costume, with a weird, black ‘waspy’ mask and funny looking hands. Nothing wrong with that, really, and considering the budget this was made on, they handled the Wasp Woman well. But the second thing that let me down was. I expected The Wasp Woman at least to do a bit more in this movie (and have a little more screen time while at it). I thought she was going to seduce men, trick them into making love to her and then. devour them in the bedroom. Or something. but nope, none of that. The lack of creature action became a bit annoying even, until the third act. Then the movie picks itself up and becomes a bit more fun. Well, that is. Janice Sterling only transforms into the Wasp Woman three times, and all she does is behave like a vampire: go for the victim’s throat and bite him. But still, it’s not like you’ll have the time to become bored, because of the movie’s 73 minutes running time. And after all, when the movie rushed towards its climax and the events came to an abrupt closure, THE WASP WOMAN remained a charming experience to me.

During the early 90’s, Roger Corman started producing several re-makes of his own films from the 50’s & 60’s and THE WASP WOMAN was one of them. I saw the trailer for it, and it seems like the 1995 version of THE WASP WOMAN might even be more cheesy fun than the original, with a bit better make-up effects (of course), a bit of inept use of CGI and. I even saw some sort of seductive bedroom scene in that trailer. Seems like I might get what I wanted to see after all in the 1995 re-make.

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