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Killer bees periodically interrupt the arch writing, stilted direction and ludicrous acting in Irwin Allen's disappointing and tired non-thriller.
A number of journalists, rolling in the aisles with laughter, were ejected from the press screening.
Mr. Allen might just as well have devoted his talents to man-eating goldfish, poodles on the rampage or carniverous canaries.
The script's most potentially inspired element, that survivors may have a sort of psychic link with the bees, remains unfortunately unexploited.
As an adult, I recognize that The Swarm is, well, not good, but I can now enjoy it as a so-bad-it's-brilliant endeavor.
Quite unbelievably terrible, just campy enough to be fun-bad instead of merely bad-bad.
Hammy action yarn with an entertaining performance from Michael Caine.
Hugely entertaining in all the ways it isn't meant to be.
Quick, call on entomologist Michael Caine and a hive of Hollywood has-beens to out-ham each other while reciting terrible dialogue and getting stung by coloured Styrofoam pellets!
A B movie in every sense of the term.
The all-star cast, mostly consisting of has-been actors, deliver dialogue so bad it can kill.
Why do the killer bees sting everyone except leading players Michael Caine and Katherine Ross?
The Swarm is a mindless and amusing nature gone wild, horror disaster film with killer bees. With an all star cast that deliver some good performances, but nothing ever too serious due to its plot, it plays out as low budget B movie fair that you simply can't take seriously. The cast are quite good in their parts, but this was made at the height of disaster movies, as they were very popular in the 70's. This one has more of a horror flavor to it, and I would say it does posses some comedic tones as well. If you love these types of films, definitely check this one out. Other viewers may not enjoy this, and I would recommend this one purely for midnight film buffs who enjoy tongue in cheek films. Nature Gone Wild films are always fun and entertaining for their concepts and plots. The Swarm is pretty far-fetched; nonetheless if you're in the mood, you'll surely enjoy this flick. Just don't take it seriously whatsoever. The Swarm is entertaining for what it is, and though it's ridiculous, it's worth seeing if you enjoy these films. The cast are good in their performances, and each of them brings something that makes this film so engaging. The film has had its Fir share of flack, with good reason, but it's nowhere near as bad as what many reviews have said about it. Go into this one expecting an amusing thrill ride that is well acted and a tongue in cheek storyline, and you might like it. The Swarm is a memorable addition to the nature gone wild genre of horror films, even if it's not the best, it's still entertaining.
This movie is full of stars, but thin on plot. What is interesting about it, though, is that it is a combination of a disaster movie and one of the batch of 70s movies that emulated the style of the 50s sci-fi/horror movies. Although the mixing of the two genres is interesting, the characters and story aren't as interesting and it doesn't end well.
Dr. Krim: They're more virulent than the Australian Brown-Box Jellyfish!
"It's more than speculation- it's a prediction!"
There are so many of these shitty B-Disaster/Animals Gone Wild films. The Swarm populates a genre that hasn't seen too many successes. What the genre does do is make me laugh... most of the time. The Swarm didn't. It actually seemed to be taking itself somewhat seriously, which is a big fucking no-no when it comes to B-Movies.
I'll admit that the only real reason I turned this movie on in the first place is that Michael Caine and Katherine Ross are in it. They don't really help the movie go down any smoother though. Seeing as they still have to act in a movie as absurd as this, you know their performances aren't going to be good. And they aren't. They are as bad as I've seen them.
While their the only reason I turned it on, there are many reasons I turned it off half way through. First, the movie is 2 hours and 35 minutes. At the hour mark, I said to myself, "Am I really going to sit through another hour and a half of this shit?" Answer: "Fuck no!"
Just awful movie with inept "special" effects and a host of usually fine actors giving atrocious performances. Katharine Ross in particular is terrible, beyond wooden to postiively inert but Caine is hardly better. The only one who is seemingly trying to earn his paycheck is Richard Widmark who gives his all while surrounded by bored costars. Although who can blame them with a script that stinks like year old cheese. Let's hope they were well paid. Do yourself a favor and don't watch.
If you have to see a bee disaster movie seek out "Killer Bees" a TV movie with Gloria Swanson and Kate Jackson which at least is entertaining.
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