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The Savage Bees (1976)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | TV Movie 22 November 1976
The festive fun of the annual Mardi Gras celebration is brought to a halt when a swarm of African killer bees escape from a foreign freighter.


Bruce Geller
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Johnson ... Sheriff Donald McKew
Michael Parks ... Dr. Jeff DuRand
Paul Hecht Paul Hecht ... Dr. Rufus Carter
Gretchen Corbett ... Jeannie Devereaux
Horst Buchholz ... Dr. Jorge Meuller (as Horst Bucholz)
Bruce French ... Police Lieutenant
James Best ... Pelligrino
David L. Gray David L. Gray ... Coast Guard Lieutenant
Richard Charles Boyle Richard Charles Boyle ... Coast Guard Chief
Eliott Keener Eliott Keener ... Freighter Boatswain
Boardman O'Connor Boardman O'Connor ... Freighter Captain
Danny Barker Danny Barker ... Taxicab Driver
Don Hood ... Deputy Churn
Bill Holliday Bill Holliday ... Deputy Stilt
Carol Sutton ... Mrs. Compher


The festive fun of the annual Mardi Gras celebration is brought to a halt when a swarm of African killer bees escape from a foreign freighter.

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Norman Gary, an entomologist and production consultant, was the "bee wrangler" for the movie. All of the "Oh my God, the bees are killing him (or her)!" shots, where the bees swarm over the victim, are done by him. He also acted as one of the victims. See more »


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Yet another Bee-movie.
1 June 2020 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

One of the stranger movie trends of the 1970s were the killer bee movies. All this hysteria was spurred on by erroneous reports on the news that these Africanized bees would be invading America and reeking havoc very soon...perhaps in the next year or two. In reality, decades later, only tiny pockets here and there arrived in the States and the bees never became a major health issue. In spite of the reality, Hollywood made a lot of killer bee movies...such as "The Swarm", "The Bees", "The Deadly Bees", "Killer Bees", "Terror Out of the Sky" as well as the soft core porn "Invasion of the Bee Girls"! All of these films have one thing in common (apart from beeing about bees) is that they all were pretty bad films! Is "The Savage Bees" any better? Or, would you bee better off watching something else?

The film begins with the Sheriff (Ben Johnson) finding his dog dead. He insists that the coroner to an autopsy and it's determined the dog was not poisoned but killed by bees! However, when the Sheriff tells officials about this, they couldn't care less. After all, this is happening around New Orleans...and the local officials are more concerned about a happy Mardi Gras instead of the possibility of bee attacks. What's next? See the film...or not.

This is an okay film....not exactly good, but not as bad as many of the other bee films. It has the obligatory idiots stumbling into swarms of bees scenes that you'd expect...and a really DUMB one involving a sword (you'll have to see it to believe it) as well as a DUMB car horn scene immediately after! And, actress Gretchen Corbett does a particularly dopey (and sexist) job of acting/crying...when she's supposed to be a competent scientist! She's not a bad actress...but she isn't given a lot to do other than cry in some scenes. Overall, pretty much what you'd expect (except for the Super Dome).

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22 November 1976 (USA) See more »

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