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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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Dr. Helmut van Bohlen
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Mathias van Bohlen
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Madame Maria von Bohlen
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Rudolf van Bohlen
John S. Ragin ...
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Zeb Tucker
Don Gentry ...
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Dan Woodworth ...
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Roseanna / Housekeeper
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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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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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Boring Bees Is More Like It
8 October 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Killer Bees (1974)

** (out of 4)

Edward van Bohlen (Edward Albert) brings his friend Victoria (Kate Jackson) back to his family estate years after leaving them behind. Before long the friend begins to realize that some local deaths might have been caused by the bees that Madame Maria von Bohlen (Gloria Swanson) has been raising.

KILLER BEES is another made-for-television horror film from director Curtis Harrington but sadly it's not one of his best. I guess you really can't blame him too much because there really hasn't been a good film dealing with killer bees. you can watch THE DEADLY BEES, THE BEES or even THE SWARM and you'll see that they're all pretty bad in their own way. This film here at least has a couple good performances but sadly there's just not enough going on throughout the 73-minute running time.

The biggest problem with the film is the fact that it's basically a lot of family drama and too much talking. I lost count of how many scenes had Edward talking about leaving his family and the friend talking about how they must discover the truth. There's just way too much boring melodrama here and none of it really has anything to do with the main plot. There are a couple bee attacks but they're not very good as the special effects are certainly lacking.

The one saving grace were the actors. Both Albert and Jackson were good in their roles as was Roger Davis in his role as the family doctor. Then you've got the legend Swanson. I'm not going to say she gave a good performance but it was at least an entertaining one as she certainly sold the role with a somewhat over-the-top performance.


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