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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.

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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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Trivia

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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Great 80s American Killer Bee TV Movie
1 November 2017 | by meathookcinemaSee all my reviews

The other half of a double-bill in UK cinemas with the other film being the far better The Incredible Melting Man. This was actually made for television in America.

Killer bees have flown into America and are claiming their first casualties disturbingly close to New Orleans when their Mardi Gras is due to kick off. A bee expert (of course) and a guy who isn't quite a coroner yet (so he isn't taken seriously) are on the case but come up against obstacles in the form of sniffy officials who don't want to see Mardi Gras cancelled- at any cost (hints of Murray Hamilton's character in Jaws here).

We learn that the bees don't like noise and the colours black and red. The first human victim is a coloured girl in a red dress blowing a toy horn. Not her lucky day.

The finale involves Ms Bee Expert being nudged into a sports stadium in her red Beetle which the bees have covered as she was earlier using the horn near them (doh!). The temperature of the Super Dome is then lowered as the bees die when temperatures reach below 35 Degrees Fahrenheit. This sequence is very unexpected and works well with tension being ramped up as the temperatures come down (we see this on huge displays which show the actual countdown).

This is an above average TV movie which received a video release in some territories. There aren't enough action sequences and some of the more talky bits are quite pedestrian. But when it gets going its quite exciting. Because I saw it on TV when I was a small child and loved it then it will always hold a special place in my little black heart.

Look out for the scene in which someone in fancy dress tries to take on the bees with a sword. Yes, a sword!


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