The Wasp Woman (1959)

Mike Matei / October 2nd, 2015

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  • Kriztoffer Swank

    October 2, 2015 at 3:10 am


  • Anthony Volk

    October 2, 2015 at 3:20 am

    I like the scripted format better

    • Solidus Rex

      October 2, 2015 at 3:51 am

      Agreed. But it is interesting to experiment with the Monster Madness formula, like how James did the full Night of the Living Dead commentary two years ago. Sometimes you just got to experiment and see what works, and while I personally think the NotLD commentary worked great and find the unscripted review format underwhelming so far, I give the credit for trying something new. And who knows, maybe later James and Mike videos will be more interesting.

    • chris jackso

      October 3, 2015 at 11:37 pm

      i prefer the scripted format as well and also agree that trying something new is never bad. i think james just needs to get more comfortable with it because it seems hes nervous about saying something he will regret. like me, james has such passion in making things exactly the way he sees it in his head and doing that on the spot is hard to do without practice. he goes back and revises everything he writes 10 times until it is good enough to be used. but sometimes just talking from the heart and not from the brain is just as, if not more, effective.

    • October 4, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      Me too. The Ring one was fine, but I feel like they should search up at least some juicy info on a movie before doing it ‘unscripted’ in front of the camera. There was too much ‘uummm’ ‘yeaah’.

    • October 4, 2015 at 6:26 pm


    • elvirus

      October 6, 2015 at 8:03 am

      Agreed. They should definitely improve on their unscripted talents. I don’t understand why they move away from the obvious talent they have! Film-making…
      And they ARE moving away!

  • D3MoNR3N0

    October 2, 2015 at 3:34 am

    well was hoping for an awesome movie to be reviewed for my bday lol

    • Weldin Dunn

      October 2, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      Happy birthday!

      • October 2, 2015 at 10:11 pm

        Happy Oct B-Day!

  • Rennie Page

    October 2, 2015 at 3:53 am

    James, I believe we are about 5 1/2 years apart, but since my dad was into the horror Hammer movies, especially Dracula, (always claiming to be “Dracula” himself, scaring the living piss out of me and my 2 younger sisters) I remember watching monster vision and vaguely remember seeing this “Elvira” show with him. Great memories man. Full circles are crazy and very surreal at times.

  • Andrew Kocher

    October 2, 2015 at 4:18 am

    Things are really turning around with my life AND I get a video everyday of the month from Cinemassacre! Life is seeming pretty great right now. Thank you guys a lot!

  • Richard Fox

    October 2, 2015 at 4:23 am

    100% agree with Fexer, the informative, scripted Monster Madness are incredibly interesting and opened my eyes to movies I had never heard of before and made me appreciate things and look out for bits and pieces I may not have thought of previously.

    Certainly appreciate everything that Mike does as he is a fantastic hand and Solidus Rex was spot on when he said that it is interesting to experiment with the Monster Madness formula as the surprise and variation now seem to be a cornerstone to the series. However, something just seems to “click” and fall into place when it is scripted and narrated. I personally get much more out of it.

    Great work once again!

  • CharlieBrownGhostAss

    October 2, 2015 at 4:25 am

    I hope that James & Mike will talk about “The ABCs of Death”. It is the most fucked-up horror anthology film I have ever seen!

  • GeNoMe

    October 2, 2015 at 4:37 am

    The scripted videos are a lot better. The wasp woman looks creepy as hell!
    Thanks for the content you guys!

  • October 2, 2015 at 4:53 am

    Yeah comparing this to yesterdays episode, the scripted video just feels like a better review. It seems like you had your thoughts collected on the movie and you knew pretty much all you wanted to say about The Wasp Woman. I am glad you did a review on The Wasp Woman though. Wasp Woman seems like one of the more strange horror movies I’ve ever heard of. Also kind of looked completely awful. Maybe one day i’ll give it a watch.

  • Don Skiver

    October 2, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Now THIS is the Monster Madness I know and love!! Great review James! You’ve actually piqued my interest in seeing this crappy movie!

    And Elvira, Mistress of the Dark…I remember my dad had these “sexy” movies with her in it that I wasn’t allowed to watch as a toddler, lol.

    • phunqsauce

      October 2, 2015 at 7:41 am

      I have to agree, the unscripted video was like “New Coke” and the scripted versions are like Classic Coke, you just shouldn’t change the formula. And besides Bill Cosby endorsed New Coke and he’s evil. Btw I think the actors with Elvira were from Saved By the Bell : The New Class which somehow last MORE seasons than the original.

  • Saul Vektor

    October 2, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Thank you James. This is TRUE monster madness. Keep up a good work 🙂

  • October 2, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Can’t say I’ve heard of this one but I’m sure somebody must have been freaked out by watching this back in the day. Makes me wonder how people from the 50’s would handle watching – say – “Saw” if it existed back then.

  • felixtibs

    October 2, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Please use this format only! You are the reason we come here James!

  • DΣA┼H

    October 2, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Yep, like most people here, I’d have to agree that the scripted format is superior by far.

  • AbsoluteDeicide

    October 2, 2015 at 7:40 am

    MST3K or Rifftrax (I get them confused at this point) actually did do commentary for this movie, which was the only time I’d heard of it until now. Yeah, it’s pretty boring and rough to watch.

    • Cilliandrew

      October 2, 2015 at 11:35 am

      Cinematic Titanic is the group that did this one (the Joel Hodsgon branch off life show format.) I got to see it live in Royal Oak, Michigan at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. Twas a good time!

      • Cilliandrew

        October 2, 2015 at 11:35 am

        Live show! :/

  • mojosam1

    October 2, 2015 at 7:47 am

    hey james,could you pleeeeeaaaaaase do a review for ‘what we do in the shadows’?hilarious

  • Mac Tonight

    October 2, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Great video James! What happened to Mike? Never heard of this one. Looks pretty bad but I love those cheese fest horror movies that are more bad than good.

  • MrBrrumpkins

    October 2, 2015 at 9:00 am

    This is MM. I had a smile on my face the whole time. I can’t just blindly like every video they put out. The format on the Ring was not enjoyable at all. If you did it like that just to be able to put it on YouTube, then just don’t do it. Imagine if James did the Ring in the classic format. That would be awesome.

  • October 2, 2015 at 9:02 am

    I always love Monster Madness.

  • October 2, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Ahhhhh, now THIS is a proper Monster Madness vid 🙂 But I kinda’ like the every-other-day thing. It’s a good way to experiment while giving us what we love.

  • October 2, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Hey James, Have you heard of Svengoolie, It’s a weekly horror comedy show that airs out of Chicago that airs alot of classic horror films, b-movies and comedies with a horror theme. If your a fan of Monstervision and Elvira, you will definitely love Svengoolie.

  • PhantomExdeath

    October 2, 2015 at 9:23 am

    I bought this movie on DVD years ago at a dollar store lol. Wow kinda sad to hear the actress got injured and quit acting due to this movie 🙁

    I know it got a straight to DVD remake in the mid 2000’s?, but I never saw it

  • CrushingC10996WM

    October 2, 2015 at 9:29 am

    A lot of good can come out of something horrible

  • October 2, 2015 at 10:18 am

    i knew they where going to do the Wasp woman! this video was really complete, it felt like a ”classic” Monster Madness video they explained the movie very well and also they mentioned the chocolate syrup part, Thanks Mike and James

  • Cilliandrew

    October 2, 2015 at 11:34 am

    At least Wasp Woman is watchable in 1 sitting. I know there is much love for PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, but i still have never been able to make it through the entire film in 1 sitting without some form of riffing-motivation. The film really is just THAT BAD.

  • October 2, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Yes! I love this format, please stick with this!

  • The Wicker Man

    October 2, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    I’ll take whatever Monster Madness I can get, but this is my preferred format.

    Also, one word sums up Elvira and that’s “Tits”. My young self in the 80’s was a big fan.

  • Herbman420

    October 2, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Woah, this movie looks garbage, but the wasp woman does look pretty freaky deaky.

    Also about the formats, while I do prefer this classic format, I wouldn’t mind the new one at all if there was much more planning involved, and movie clips were added to it. If you have to change something you love to do just to put it on youtube, dont do it man. I think putting the public domain reviews on youtube is a great idea, though. It’ll bring more people to the site. Thanks again for the review, guys. Good shit.

  • tacotuesday815

    October 2, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Very much agree. This video makes me feel fuzzy and comfortable, because it’s the Monster Madness I love!

  • October 2, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    I was looking forward to monster madness all this year!!! No disrespect to Mike, but I was disappointed when they made it to a free form discussion. I love the old scripted format like this one! I hope James sticks with this, cause this is how I want to see monster madness.

  • Weldin Dunn

    October 2, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    I completely agree. I love Mike and all, but I think Monster Madness has to be scripted.

  • Doctor Duke

    October 2, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Now THIS is what i gladly wait all year for. So much better than the last video.

  • zoopsat

    October 2, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    I agree and Mike could do the voice over as well but the voice over is the key.

  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    October 2, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    There are gonna be more videos like the last one, fellas! This is the Monster Madness I wanted too, but I didn’t mind that format, and I’m happy with a mix of the two. They did set up a pretty good and moody set.

  • Regal_Ace

    October 2, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    I didn’t realize how many gems were out there in ancient film days.

  • October 2, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    I am surprised the people in the comments don’t realize- the reason for the unscripted format for The Ring is because of Youtube’s fucking retarded ContentID system.

    As for the review, it reminded me of Elvira who I was thinking about recently, and I kinda miss her shows. She was so camp and goofy and I loved her “Bride of Frankenstein meets Valley Girl” shtick.

    • The Kaleidoscopic God

      October 2, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      Couldn’t they just make The Ring one of the website-exclusive films in that case? But it’s possible. They did show still images where they could have shown videos.

    • October 3, 2015 at 12:26 am

      What, this system checks was the video scripted or not?

      P.S. Sarcasm’s on.

  • Don Skiver

    October 3, 2015 at 3:06 am

    Man…why does the site eat like 85% of all my comments??

    • Hanglyman

      October 3, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      Happens to me too. James, Mike, somebody, please explain the arcane rules of what magic words can and can’t be included in a comment. I’m sick of wasting time on comments that never appear, with absolutely no explanation or justification.

  • fcabanski

    October 3, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    They didn’t think of hiring a spokesmodel?

    It’s pretty sad their beauty products couldn’t help, so they had to turn to something that turned the woman into a wasp.

  • Smeghead420

    October 3, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Little short James but hey… wtf can you really say about this movie. Nice commentary.

  • October 4, 2015 at 5:20 am

    Good review James, keep them coming my friend!

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 4, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Yeesh that movie does look pretty bad. I’ve never seen Attack of the Killer B Movies. As you said, it’s like a bad MST3K.

  • low_tone1

    October 5, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Whenever the Wasp Woman turns her head, you can see the actresses bare neck. The mask does not extend down enough. This is a classic error in Ed Wood movies. I have to wonder if people wouldn’t give this movie more credit as a “so bad it’s good” film if Ed Wood had directed it.

  • Sweetdeath

    October 7, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Was the actress okay after they ripped off her mask and harmed her skin? Was she able to make another movie ever again?

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  • April 20, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    1:00 Well THAT is a pretty in-fair criticism I’d say. I mean, for the 1950’s ( pre-“splatter” era ) THAT’s actually fairly graphic – more than allot of movies would show during THAT time period. And no, it isn’t so poorly done. You couldn’t tell it was “chockolate” syrup in a BLACK AND WHITE movie like this.

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