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Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 1 June 1973 (USA)
A powerful cosmic force is turning Earth women into queen bees who kill men by wearing them out sexually.

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Denis Sanders

Writer:

Nicholas Meyer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Smith ... Neil Agar
Anitra Ford ... Dr. Susan Harris
Victoria Vetri ... Julie Zorn
Cliff Osmond ... Captain Peters
Wright King ... Dr. Murger
Ben Hammer ... Herb Kline
Anna Aries Anna Aries ... Nora Kline
Andre Philippe Andre Philippe ... Aldo Ferrara (as Andre Phillippe)
Sid Kaiser Sid Kaiser ... Stan Williams
Katie Saylor ... Gretchen Grubowsky (as Katie A. Saylor)
Beverly Powers Beverly Powers ... Harriet Williams
Tom Pittman ... Harv
William Keller William Keller ... Joe
Cliff Emmich ... Coroner
Al Bordighi Al Bordighi ... Herm (as Al Bordiggi)
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Storyline

In the small town of Peckham, California, many men die for excessive effort during sexual intercourse. When a scientist from the Brandt research laboratory is found dead in a motel, the government sends Agent Neil Agar (William Smith) to investigate the mysterious deaths. He suspects that the deaths may be related to some experiments of Dr. Susan Harris (Anitra Ford), who is researching bees in the Brandt facility. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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They'll Love The Very Life Out Of Your Body! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Graveyard Tramps See more »

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Production Co:

Sequoia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is in the public domain. See more »

Goofs

When Neil Agar and Herb Kline are meeting in Herb's office, the clock on the wall in the background indicates it's 6:55. A few seconds later, Herb makes a call to his wife, a call lasting a few minutes, but when he hangs up the phone and starts talking to Neil again, the clock reads 7:10. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Susan Harris: Well, I must admit that since the curfew, Peckham has been more boring than usual.
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Alternate Versions

The recent MGM DVD is missing footage. Part of the scene where Beverly Powers (Hills) seduces her man is missing, deleting some of her nudity. This may have been due to damaged materials used to create the DVD, as the scene is intact on the old VHS (and on a couple of budget DVDs that used the VHS for the source). The MGM version looks the best this low-budget film has ever looked, but the missing footage rankles. The same incomplete print runs on pay cable and MGM did not fix the problem and reissue the DVD. See more »

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Referenced in Planet X: Episode #2.2 (2006) See more »

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Also Sprach Zarathustra
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Hey as far as I'm concerned, these bee babes sting
23 September 2003 | by macabro357See all my reviews

And yeah, I do happen to like big, natural tits so there's no problem in that department here. And I don't think it takes itself too seriously, not like some of you reviewers below. This was a B picture for the drive-ins (remember those?) so don't take it too seriously, people.

William Smith plays Neil Agar, a State Department investigator looking into the suspicious death of a top government scientist. Of course the scientist isn't the only one turning up dead. Others in the area who are seemingly healthy are suddenly dropping dead from coronaries.

After a local cop turns up dead, the coroner determines that the victims are dying from "sexual exhaustion". In other words, they are literally being screwed to death. Some clues (which I won't go into) lead Agar to believe that there is some kind pattern that is forming concerning the mating habits of insects, specifically bees. The men are literally "dropping like flies" so he enlists the help of Julie Zorn (Victoria Vetri) who works at the local government lab in order to find out what's going on.

The first one he interviews is the head of the local insect department, Dr. Susan Harris (Anitra Ford) about the mating habits of insects. Dr. Harris always seems to have her sunglasses on, even indoors. What Agar doesn't seem to realize is that Dr. Harris has a secret lab hidden in the basement of the government facility where she 'converts' the dead men's wives into Bee Girls using a combination of radiation and bee venom. They are put into a machine naked, covered in a white cream and zapped with invisible rays.

When Dr. Harris finds out that Julie Zorn is helping Agar, she almost converts her into a Bee Girl herself, but Agar finds out about it in time and rushes into the lab and shoots up Harris' lab equipment and saves Zorn. All the Bee Girls die of electrocution or smoke inhalation and in a cool scene, Dr. Harris' face starts to rot and bleed.

This is a great B film from the 70s that is pure exploitation and a cheesy delight to watch, especially with all the naked females that appear (including Vetri and Ford) with natural breasts that seem to be a thing of the past in this age of silicone. It also looks like it was filmed in Simi Valley or Fountain Valley before all the land developers turned the place into a parking lot.

Also notable for being having 70s porn star Rene Bond in one of her few straight roles as an extra. They don't make 'em like this anymore.

6 out of 10


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