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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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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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For the scene in which Gloria Swanson is covered in bees, the bees were taken to the location in dry ice, which made them sleepy. While in this almost comatose state, and with the light turned out, they were placed on Miss Swanson's shoulders, arms and brimmed hat. Then the hot lights were switched on, and as the bees warmed up they began to crawl and move about. Once filming of the scene was completed, Swanson was applauded by the crew. See more »

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Our Vines Have Terror Bees
21 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

KILLER BEES is usually mainly remembered for being one of the last roles of film legend Gloria Swanson's career (although she remained very much in the public eye long afterward and did not pass away until 1983). Swanson aficionados may be disappointed on first viewing that hers is a showy but decidedly supporting role in a film dominated by the young Kate Jackson but it's a memorable performance.

Kate Jackson and Edward Albert are a young San Francisco couple living together while he is in college. Jackson talks Albert into bringing her to visit his mysterious family estate - which he hasn't been to for a few years - in California's vineyard country. Jackson learns the Van Bohlens are an extremely reclusive lot who don't like visitors and besides the vineyards raise a rather ominous bunch of bees, some of whom just so happened to have killed a trespasser on the estate the same day as the couple's arrival. Jackson attempts at warmth toward Albert's father (Craig Stevens) and brothers are coolly rebuffed and then there's his imposing immigrant grandmother Gloria Swanson who is literally the queen bee, not only of the family but creepy little buzzers that are all over the place. The question is does this family control the killer bees or is it the other way around?

Somewhat reminiscent of Hitchcock's THE BIRDS, KILLER BEES is an effective if uneven suspense horror, it's main problem being an obviously rushed production leading to a few less than smooth takes and a few weak performances among some of the supporting players (even among the extras many of whom seem only mildly interested as the threatening bees begin to engulf the church were funeral services are being held). Jackson is quite good in this and Edward Albert even better. Albert, handsome but with an bit of an odd vibe about him despite being a "good guy", is very well cast. Craig Stevens and Roger Davis don't have that much to do but give an air of chilly menace and certainly Miss Swanson gives her all to this imposing matriarch and creates a memorably Gothic character. There are several very well staged suspenseful scenes, notably the funeral (effective despite the extras) and particularly the climax as the bees take over the house while Jackson is home alone and Swanson's interactions with the bees (whom are like pets to her) are superbly filmed. Definitely worth seeking out if one has interest in the genre or cast.


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