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The Bees


“They Prey on Human Flesh!” A deadly swarm of nasty killer bees threatens to destroy the world and only B-movie legends John Carradine and John Saxon can even TRY to stop them in this utterly bizarre ecological disaster flick that easily beats all other contenders for the title of “Wackiest Killer Bee Movie of the ‘70s.” Evil corporations have smuggled a vicious strain of South American killer bees into the United States, and now the entire world may be on the brink of imminent destruction! As cities crumble under the onslaught of badly-superimposed swarms of the “flying devils,” the body count rises and mass hysteria ensues, leaving hairy macho man scientist John Norman (John Saxon, Enter the Dragon) to concoct a spectacularly silly strategy to stop The Bees! Shot in Mexico and woozily-directed by Alfredo Zacarias (Demonoid), this drive-in classic (released the same year as Irwin Allen’s bigger-budgeted, all-star killer bee flop, The Swarm) features a buzzing bonnet full of outrageously chintzy action, dummies thrown out of windows, awkward slow motion flailing, John Saxon doing karate, co-star John Carradine hamming it up as a crazed entomologist sporting one of the all-time worst German accents, and a glut of jaw-dropping plot twists (including these super intelligent bees somehow managing to address the United Nations assembly … don’t ask!). Hilariously goofy while trying to play it absolutely straight, The Bees is stingingly awful entertainment! (Dir. by Alfredo Zacarias, 1978, Mexico, in English, 83 mins., Rated PG)

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