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The Deadly Bees (1966)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 11 August 1967 (USA)
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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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:

11 August 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Picada Mortal See more »

Company Credits

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

In the novel, written in the first-person singular, "I", there is no visiting female pop star on the island. The lead character is a local man who likes honey and one day decides to buy it from a different beekeeper than he usually does. This ties into the novel's title, "A Taste for Honey". 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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Alternate Versions

For its 1998 appearance on the series Mystery Science Theater 3000 several scenes were cut from the film. Among them a scene of Mr. Manfred at the pub, more plot involving David Hawkins, additional scenes about the investigation of Mary Hargrove's death, and more conversations between Vicki and Mr. Manfred. See more »

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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
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Decent
13 October 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Deadly Bees, The (1967)

** (out of 4)

Robert Bloch wrote the screenplay to this film, which has a pop singer (Suzanna Leigh) going to get rest at a country home only to arrive as an outbreak of bee attacks start to happen. It appears that these aren't just any bees but instead specially trained by a psychotic beekeeper. Bloch is of course best known for his novel, which turned into Hitchcock's Psycho but he certainly missed the boat here. There's a big mystery wrapped around the film as to who is the beekeeper but it's very obviously from the opening ten minutes. I'm not sure if the screenplay was just bad or if Francis didn't like Block and decided to give away the secret early on. Either way, there's really not too much going for this film as the performances are all rather bland and that includes the lead Leigh. Not for a second did I buy her as a pop singer and the opening music is just torture on the ears. The screenplay introduces several characters and subplots but none of them every come out to anything. This Amicus production does benefit from some rather gruesome death scenes but the special effects don't hold up too well today.


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