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The Savage Bees (1976)

TV Movie  -   -  Horror | Thriller  -  22 November 1976 (USA)
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In this horror-drama the festive fun of the annual Mardi Gras celebration is brought to a halt when a swarm of African killer bees escape from a foreign freighter.

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Sheriff Donald McKew
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Dr. Jeff DuRand
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Dr. Jorge Meuller
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Pelligrino
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Don Hood ...
Deputy Churn
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In this horror-drama the festive fun of the annual Mardi Gras celebration is brought to a halt when a swarm of African killer bees escape from a foreign freighter.

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'Norman E. Gary, an entomologist and production consultant, was the "bee wrangler" for the movie. All of the "Oh my God, the bees are killing him (or her)!" shots, where the bees swarm over the victim, are done by him. He also acted as one of the victims. See more »

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The Mardis Gras Marrauders.
18 October 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It still seems ridiculous that after all these years of cinema and all its advancements, that we are still waiting for a good killer bee/wasp/hornet movie. As it turns out, The Savage Bees, in spite of its TV budget production, is the best on offer.

Plot in a nutshell sees a strain of African Killer Bees sneak over to the deep south of America via freighter. Once child and pet meet with nasty ends courtesy of the buzzing menace, the authorities come to realise what is going on and must do something before The Mardis Gras celebrations becomes a lambs to the slaughter type scenario.

Cast are strong enough for the material, with "name" actors such as Ben Johnson and Horst Buchholz lending their support to the production. The science isn't half bad, the threads involving colour rage and water are interesting, and even though the Bee Genocide finale goes out with a whimper, the idea behind it is at least well thought out.

Disposable and forgettable, but enjoyable enough while it's on. It was popular enough to spawn (or should that be swarm?) a sequel, Terror Out of the Sky (1978). 4/10


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