The Bees (1978)





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This hilariously awful killer-bee epic from director Alfredo Zacharias features surprisingly good special effects and horrible acting. Cult favorites John Saxon and Angel Tompkins star as scientists trying to deal with a U.S. invasion by trillions of sentient bees. The bees want humans to stop polluting the environment and they enlist Saxon to deliver their ultimatum to the United Nations. As Uncle Ziggy, John Carradine, before being shot by hitmen, delivers his dialogue as if speaking through dry heaves in a bad German accent. There are some exciting scenes of mass destruction as swarms of bees attack large crowds (including the Rose Bowl Parade, where President Ford is seen briefly) and then Saxon comes up with a plan. His proposal suggests the use of a chemical which turns the bees homosexual ("That reminds me of a certain neighborhood I know in L.A.," says one delegate). Eventually, Saxon goes to the U.N. to deliver the bees' message, only to meet with scorn. Naturally, billions of bees then burst into the room to plead their case. There are some well-done plane crashes, the bee scenes are realistic and incredibly numerous (a scene where they carpet Saxon's bedroom is astounding), and the storming of the U.N. is a classic. But all of this is compromised by annoying geometric wipes between scenes and some of the worst writing and acting to ever survive the cutting-room floor. Oddly enough, the same year's big-budget The Swarm would not improve on any of these areas, and is not as funny as this film either.
Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Special Interest
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John Saxon
as John Norman
Angel Tompkins
as Sandra Miller
John Carradine
as Dr. Sigmund Hummel
Claudio Brook
as Dr. Miller
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And you thought The Swarm was stupid. There's a message in here somewhere about corporate greed and the desecration of the planet but they're completely lost due to ineptitude on the part of the filmmakers. From the completely inappropriate score to the failed (and also out of place) comedic attempts to whole sections of the film being edited out of sequence, The Bees is completely mind boggling. Like, what the hell were they going for exactly? Too bad cause the effects of the bees en masse are actually pretty good. On par with Irwin Allen's aforementioned killer bee opus.

Vincent Pesce
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Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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Starts out okay, then becomes silly.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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