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The Deadly Bees (1966)

 -  Drama | Horror | Mystery  -  April 1967 (UK)
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Trouble strikes when an exhausted pop singer, sent on a vacation to a farm, realizes that the farm's owner grows deadly bees.

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Suzanna Leigh ...
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Catherine Finn ...
John Harvey ...
Thompson
Michael Ripper ...
David Hawkins
Anthony Bailey ...
Compere
Tim Barrett ...
Harcourt
James Cossins ...
Coroner
Frank Forsyth ...
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Katy Wild ...
Doris Hawkins
Greta Farrer ...
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Gina Gianelli ...
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Michael Gwynn ...
Dr. George Lang
Maurice Good ...
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Pop singer Vicki Robbins collapses from exhaustion while shooting the 1960's equivalent of a music video, and her physician prescribes a respite on Seagull Island with colleague and bee-keeper, Ralph Hargrove. Vicki finds the Hargroves' bitter marital strife oddly relaxing. But when a mysterious swarm of specially bred attack bees starts killing island residents, Vicki fights for her survival, setting fire to nearly half the structures on the island in her escape. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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Hives of horror! - Excited by the smell of fear, they inflict their fatal stings!


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The special effects for the bee attack sequences were quite simple. Often footage of swarming bees would be superimposed over footage of the actors and fake plastic bees would be glued to the actors. Some shots of swarming "bees" was actually footage of coffee grounds, floating and swirling in water tanks, that was superimposed over landscape footage. See more »

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When Doris is chased through the woods by the bees, it is a grey overcast day, yet the close up shots of the hovering swarm feature a bright blue sky without a cloud in sight See more »

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Mary Hargrove: The dog's meat, have you seen it?
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Referenced in Bees (1998) See more »

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Baby, Let Me Love You
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Terrible!
13 June 2003 | by (Todmorden, England) – See all my reviews

The Deadly Bees would be much more aptly titled were it called The Deadly Bore. Made by the company Amicus (a half-hearted sixties rival to Hammer) and directed by the usually reliable Freddie Francis, this is a truly terrible film.

Suzanna Leigh looks pretty but acts badly as a pop star suffering from exhaustion. Her agent sends her to Seagull Island to recover, and she finds herself lodging at a strange, isolated little farm run by Guy Doleman and his unhappy wife. Doleman breeds bees, as does nearby resident Frank Finlay, and things start to go wrong when a mutant breed of killer bee begins to attack and kill people and animals on the island. Finlay persuades Leigh that the bees responsible have been bred by Doleman, and solicits her help in gathering evidence to have him arrested.

The special effects are pitiful. The bee attacks look so unconvincing that they provoke humour rather than terror. All right, so it's a limited budget 60s film, so the effects are hardly likely to be the best, but surely they could've done better than this! Furthermore, the characters make no sense whatsoever. For instance, some of the events going on simply don't seem to perturb Doleman in the slightest; Leigh reacts strangely much of the time; and Finlay's character seems to be a different person from one scene to the next. Even the "shock" twist at the end is telegraphed miles in advance. I won't reveal the solution here, but as you're watching this film the likelihood is that you'll figure out what's going on long before the heroine does!


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