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The Savage Bees (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.

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Bruce Geller
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Cast

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
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mordersvermen See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Literally hundreds of thousands of bees were used. See more »

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The Mardis Gras Marrauders.
18 October 2013 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

It still seems ridiculous that after all these years of cinema and all its advancements, that we are still waiting for a good killer bee/wasp/hornet movie. As it turns out, The Savage Bees, in spite of its TV budget production, is the best on offer.

Plot in a nutshell sees a strain of African Killer Bees sneak over to the deep south of America via freighter. Once child and pet meet with nasty ends courtesy of the buzzing menace, the authorities come to realise what is going on and must do something before The Mardis Gras celebrations becomes a lambs to the slaughter type scenario.

Cast are strong enough for the material, with "name" actors such as Ben Johnson and Horst Buchholz lending their support to the production. The science isn't half bad, the threads involving colour rage and water are interesting, and even though the Bee Genocide finale goes out with a whimper, the idea behind it is at least well thought out.

Disposable and forgettable, but enjoyable enough while it's on. It was popular enough to spawn (or should that be swarm?) a sequel, Terror Out of the Sky (1978). 4/10


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