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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Vicki Robbins
... H.W. Manfred
... Ralph Hargrove
... Mary Hargrove
John Harvey ... Thompson
... David Hawkins
Anthony Bailey ... Compere
Tim Barrett ... Harcourt
... Coroner
... Doctor
... Doris Hawkins
Greta Farrer ... Sister
Gina Gianelli ... Secretary
... Dr. George Lang
... Agent
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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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Released by Paramount in the US on double feature with The Vulture (1966). See more »

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Toward the end of the movie, Vicki pulls a burning log out of the fireplace to ward off the bees and holds it in front of her. You can clearly see that the smoke filling the room is coming not from the log but from somewhere under Vicki, even though the room has not caught on fire yet, and the fireplace was not generating any smoke. See more »

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Mary Hargrove: The dog's meat, have you seen it?
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Referenced in Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire (2000) See more »

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Baby, Let Me Love You
Sung by Elkie Brooks
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Packs a better sting than you would think.
17 January 2006 | by See 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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