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Killer Bees (1974)

Unrated | | Horror | TV Movie 26 February 1974
A strong-willed woman not only dominates her family of California winegrowers, but also has a strange hold on a colony of bees in her vineyard.

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Curtis Harrington

Writers:

John William Corrington, Joyce Hooper Corrington (as Joyce Corrington)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward Albert ... Edward van Bohlen
Kate Jackson ... Victoria Wells
Roger Davis ... Dr. Helmut van Bohlen
Don McGovern Don McGovern ... Mathias van Bohlen
Gloria Swanson ... Madame Maria von Bohlen
Craig Stevens ... Rudolf van Bohlen
John S. Ragin John S. Ragin ... Sergeant Jeffreys
Liam Dunn ... Zeb Tucker
Don Gentry Don Gentry ... Lineman (as Donald Gentry)
Robert L. Balzer Robert L. Balzer ... Minister
Jack Perkins ... Salesman
Dan Woodworth Dan Woodworth ... Townsman (as Daniel Woodworth)
John Getz ... Attendant
Heather Ann Bostain Heather Ann Bostain ... Roseanna / Housekeeper
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A strong-willed woman not only dominates her family of California winegrowers, but also has a strange hold on a colony of bees in her vineyard. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Gloria Swanson in her television debut. A World Premiere See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abejas asesinas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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According to an interview Kate Jackson did with "The Glass Eye" in 2004, the movie was shot in what is now Francis Ford Coppola's house. See more »

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I liked it more than I should
16 October 2018 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

The quick pitch: Gloria Swanson plays Madame Maria von Bohlen, matriarch of a family of South African winemakers. Madame (as her family calls her) controls almost all aspects of the family, the wine business, and even the bees, so integral to the family's success. But when her black sheep son turns-up with a finance in tow, Madame and the bees don't respond too well.

Overall, Killer Bees is about what you'd expect from a 1974 made-for-TV movie - typical made-for-TV cast, poor (and I mean really poor) special effects, and not nearly enough horror for a horror movie (it needed more bee attacks). But one thing Killer Bees has going for it is that final twist in the last act. I'm not going to spoil it - I'll just say that it belongs in a much better movie. It really was a nice finish to what was otherwise a fairly routine film. Nice enough to get a 6/10 from me.

I suppose there are two other things I enjoyed about Killer Bees. First, I always enjoy seeing my favorite of Charlie's Angels, Kate Jackson. Her acting in the final moments of Killer Bees was never better. Second, watching Gloria Swanson in Killer Bees was a real treat. Several times, I thought she was going into full-on Norma Desmond-mode as she overacted her way through this cheap, TV film. Good stuff!


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