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The Deadly Bees (1966)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | April 1967 (UK)
Trouble strikes when an exhausted pop singer, sent on a vacation to a farm, realizes that the farm's owner grows deadly bees.

Director:

Freddie Francis

Writers:

Robert Bloch (screenplay), Anthony Marriott (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Suzanna Leigh ... Vicki Robbins
Frank Finlay ... H.W. Manfred
Guy Doleman ... Ralph Hargrove
Catherine Finn ... Mary Hargrove
John Harvey John Harvey ... Thompson
Michael Ripper ... David Hawkins
Anthony Bailey Anthony Bailey ... Compere
Tim Barrett Tim Barrett ... Harcourt
James Cossins ... Coroner
Frank Forsyth ... Doctor
Katy Wild ... Doris Hawkins
Greta Farrer Greta Farrer ... Sister
Gina Gianelli Gina Gianelli ... Secretary
Michael Gwynn ... Dr. George Lang
Maurice Good ... Agent
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Storyline

Pop singer Vicki Robbins collapses from exhaustion while shooting the 1960s equivalent of a music video, and her physician prescribes a respite on Seagull Island with colleague and beekeeper 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Picada Mortal See more »

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Production Co:

Amicus Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

When Doris is chased through the woods by the bees, it is a grey overcast day, yet the close up shots of the hovering swarm feature a bright blue sky without a cloud in sight See more »

Quotes

H.W. Manfred: [Referring to a liquid he has] I've made this especially for you, Vicki.
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Referenced in Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire (2000) See more »

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Packs a better sting than you would think.
17 January 2006 | by AngryChairSee all my reviews

Killer bees don't always make for the best 'monsters' in the horror genre, but this British thriller is an exception.

Pop singer vacations on an island with a local bee keeper, while a mysterious swarm of bees has caused the death of a woman.

The Deadly Bees isn't as dull a film as some make it out to be. It has some nice high-powered shock sequences even though the bee FX aren't always convincing. The makeup FX aren't bad, namely the great work on an ill-fated Catherine Finn. The story is a decent mystery, based upon H.W. Herd's novel A Taste for Honey. The direction of Freddie Francis is pretty good, the sets are well constructed and the art direction is excellent. There's also a great dramatic music score to boot.

The cast is quite good. Suzanna Leigh is a decent heroine, but it's really leading actors Guy Doleman and Frank Finlay that turn in the best performances as some feuding, menacing bee keepers.

All around not bad. Certainly the best killer bee movie around and an underrated work.

*** out of ****


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