The Woman Eater (1958)

The tree monster has got the munchies again!
The tree-shrub monster has got the munchies again!

Also known as WOMANEATER, this low budget British horror movie stars George (THE SKULL, BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY’S TOMB, THE FINAL PROGRAMME) Coulouris, Vera (QUATERMASS 2) Day, Joy Webster and Peter Forbes-Robertson. It was directed by Charles (THE MAN WITHOUT A BODY) Saunders, written by Brandon Fleming and produced by Guido (BURKE & HARE) Coen.

US poster
US poster

George Coulouris, who plays the villainous doctor, certainly had quite an interesting filmography: appearing in CITIZEN KANE, PAPILLON, FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS, MAHLER… and THE WOMAN EATER!

George Coulouris thinks back to when he starred in films like Citizen Kane...
George Coulouris thinks back to when he starred in top-drawer films like Citizen Kane…

THE WOMAN EATER tells the story of Dr Moran, who is feeding women, that have been hypnotised by a native bongo drummer called Tanga, to a strange, flesh-eating tree-thing that resides in his basement lab/dungeon.

Tanga, the tribal drummer, prepares another victim for the Amazonian plant-thing
Tanga, the tribal drummer, prepares a victim for Dr Moran’s Amazonian plant-thing
Grabbed by a devil-tree!
Grabbed by a devil-tree!

Dr Moran, we discover, brought this vile vegetable back from the Amazon and is using the killer plant to create a serum that he hopes will bring the dead back to life.

So let’s get this straight: the doctor is killing people so that he can bring life back to people!?! Erm, I don’t quite see the logic in this plan!

Some of the shrub-monster's limbs look like they have rubbery pincers
Some of the shrub-monster’s limbs look like they have rubbery pincers

This cheaply-made, exploitative film has a seedy, voyeuristic vibe, which is in keeping with the sleazy doctor himself, who says he is doing all this for scientific reasons but he only ever feeds young, curvy women to his death-shrub… as he watches.

One of the many voyeuristic shots of women being groped by the vegetable-beast's branch-arms
One of the many voyeuristic shots of women being groped by the vegetable-beast’s branch-arms
Tanga and a horrified victim
Tanga and a horrified victim

Ultimately, THE WOMAN EATER is an odd but actually quite watchable flick.

Vera Day as Sally
Vera Day as Sally
Tanga prays to his beloved tree monster as it burns
Tanga prays to his beloved tree monster as it burns

Here are some posters…

US poster
US poster
UK poster
UK poster
US poster
US poster

Lobby cards…

Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card

Finally, here’s the cover to a German film program…

German program cover
German program cover

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