The Swarm

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Movie Info

Scientist Dr. Bradford Crane and army general Thalius Slater join forces to fight an almost invisible enemy threatening America; killer bees that have deadly venom and attack without reason. Disaster movie-master Irwin Allen's film contains spectacular special effects, including a train crash caused by the eponymous swarm.

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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.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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  • A number of journalists, rolling in the aisles with laughter, were ejected from the press screening.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Mr. Allen might just as well have devoted his talents to man-eating goldfish, poodles on the rampage or carniverous canaries.

    May 9, 2005
  • The Swarm does impart a couple of lasting lessons. Putting your trust in science is a big one, but so is the nagging idea that -as stupidly entertaining as The Swarm can be-maybe every disaster doesn't need its own disaster movie.

    May 12, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The end result is indifference and boredom. [Full Review in Spanish]

    August 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    April 23, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Swarm

  • Apr 15, 2019
    "...and on top of everything else you've got to worry about, now there's deadly killer bees, too!" Not to worry, bunkie, 'cause Irwin Allen's got your back with this stress relievin' answer to that particular worrisome concern. The actors (and there's a crapload of them, like a landfill of old actors particularly) shout their lines, lines that're hackneyed and shallow, in an attempt to convince you that they care about this crisis, that they care about this movie, but it's a laugh. Like sad laughter. Allen seems the big screen version of teevee schlockmeister Aaron Spelling, and this film, at best, an auto accident on the freeway - stop looking and just keep moving, please. Please. Okay, okay, it could be considered a fun guilty pleasure. That's a possibility.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2013
    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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Oct 26, 2012
    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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2012
    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!" 
    Melvin W Super Reviewer

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