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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Ultimately, THE WOMAN EATER is an odd but actually quite watchable flick.
Here are some posters…
Finally, here’s the cover to a German film program…