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Killer Bees (1974)

Unrated | | Horror | TV Movie 26 February 1974
A strong-willed woman not only dominates her family of California winegrowers, but also has a strange hold on a colony of bees in her vineyard.

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Edward van Bohlen
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Victoria Wells
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Madame Maria von Bohlen
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Dr. Helmut van Bohlen
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Mathias van Bohlen (as Don McGovern)
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Rudolf van Bohlen
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Liam Dunn ...
Zeb Tucker
Heather Ann Bostain ...
Roseanna / Housekeeper
Don Gentry ...
Lineman (as Donald Gentry)
Jack Perkins ...
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Robert L. Balzer ...
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Dan Woodworth ...
Townsman (as Daniel Woodworth)
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A strong-willed woman not only dominates her family of California winegrowers, but also has a strange hold on a colony of bees in her vineyard. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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She controls the bees. They'll kill for her -- and die for her. She's their queen... and she'll live forever.

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26 February 1974 (USA)  »

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Abejas asesinas  »

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Gloria Swanson insisted on wearing an old-fashioned corset to keep her back straight while playing the part of the dignified Madame van Bohlen. See more »

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Featured in House of Harrington (2008) See more »

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KILLER BEES {TV} (Curtis Harrington, 1974) **
2 November 2013 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

The invasion of a community by a swarm of deadly bees was, for a time, a popular commodity in genre cinema: this was preceded by Freddie Francis' THE DEADLY BEES (1966) and followed by THE SAVAGE BEES (1976; TV), its sequel TERROR OUT OF THE SKY (1978; TV) and Irwin Allen's inflated all-star fiasco THE SWARM (1978). Frankly, I never understood this situation's appeal, as the sight of people fleeing for their lives from badly-processed insects (as in the film under review) was always prone to elicit laughter as opposed to the intended terror! Anyway, here we get the added – but equally dubious – treat of having the leading family of the locale (after whom it is named!) as the bees' keepers…or, rather as one of them opines, it is the other way round! In fact, matriarch Gloria Swanson (in her much-publicized TV debut) is constantly surrounded by them – until it is time to pass the baton to another, younger woman and, since her direct relations all happen to be male, her successor ends up being one of their number's girlfriend (played by Kate Jackson, later one of TV's CHARLIE'S ANGELS)! Still, the fact that the reason behind the African killer bees' mass migration to the U.S. – apart from the declaration that their particular honey gives the "Van Bohlen" wine an extra sweet taste! – is never properly delineated hurts the overall effort (to say nothing of its credibility quotient).


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