The Wasp Woman

With Erica Seccombe and David Broker

21 Sep 2013

THE WASP WOMAN A LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON WITH ERICA SECCOMBE AND DAVID BROKER

There is often something good about bad movies and The Wasp Woman, (1959) fits neatly into this category of cult classics. The Wasp Woman is the shocking story of Janice Starlin, a beautiful cosmetics entrepreneur who develops an elixir of youth from the royal jelly of Queen wasps. Needless to say the experiment goes seriously wrong and all hell breaks loose. A beautiful woman by day, lusting queen wasp by night - there is a message here for everyone. Along with Them (1954), Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957) and The Fly (1958), The Wasp Woman is one of several post war sci-fi/horror movies in which humanity’s quest for supremacy over nature unleashes sinister forces.

As part of Bloom Festival (Gorman and Ainslie Art Centres) and CCAS’s Science Fiction exhibitions Monster and Kynic, David Broker (curator) and Erica Seccombe (artist) discussed the malevolent role of isopods and insects in b-grade science fiction movies of the 1950s.