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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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Catherine Finn ...
John Harvey ...
Thompson
Michael Ripper ...
David Hawkins
Anthony Bailey ...
Compere
Tim Barrett ...
Harcourt
James Cossins ...
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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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Trivia

For the role of H.W. Manfred, Frank Finlay was made to look older with makeup. His hair was also dyed gray. See more »

Goofs

Toward the end of the movie, Vicki pulls a burning log out of the fireplace to ward off the bees and holds it in front of her. You can clearly see that the smoke filling the room is coming not from the log but from somewhere under Vicki, even though the room has not caught on fire yet, and the fireplace was not generating any smoke. 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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Stop the Music
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Written by Milton Subotsky and Clive Westlake
Performed by Suzanna Leigh (dubbed by Elkie Brooks)
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29 May 2014 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Freddie Francis was one of the less reliable directors working in horror during the 60s and 70s (often for Hammer and Amicus): at his best, he gave us enjoyable Tales From The Crypt and the serviceable Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, but at his worst he was responsible for The Creeping Flesh, Torture Garden, Trog, The Vampire Happening, and this boring pile of drivel, The Deadly Bees.

Suzanna Leigh stars as pretty pop singer Vicki Robbins, who, suffering from exhaustion, goes to stay at a farm on Seagull Island to recuperate. While there, she begins to suspect that the farmer (Guy Doleman) is breeding a strain of deadly bees that will attack anyone who has come in contact with a special serum. With the help of friendly bee-keeper Manfred (Frank Finlay) she tries to find proof of his wrong-doings…

Featuring leaden direction from Francis, a predictable script that holds few surprises, and some truly dreadful special effects, The Deadly Bees is utterly abysmal from start to finish, offering absolutely nothing in the way of suspense or scares, no matter how urgent or loud the music gets. In the end, Francis resorts to some cheap titillation to try and keep the viewer from nodding off by having Leigh wander around in her bra for a while, which I'm all in favour of, but it doesn't stop the film from being a disaster.


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