The Deadly Bees


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Frank Finlay as H.W. Manfred
Katy Wild as Doris Hawkins
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1hr 24 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Paul Andrews ([email protected]) 7 / 10

"My wife doesn't seem to realise the amount of work involved in bee farming." I quite liked it actually.

The Deadly Bees starts in London where Inspector Thompson (John Harvey) of some unnamed Government Ministry receives a letter from a nutter who says he will release 1000's of deadly killer bees on an unsuspecting public, he has a quick laugh about it & throws the letter into the bin despite the nutter even giving his address on the ominous sounding 'Seagull Island'... Pop singer Vicki Robins (Suzanna Leigh) has been working far too hard lately & collapses while performing in a TV studio, her agent (Maurice Good) suggests she spend a couple of relaxing weeks with a friend of his on, yep you've guessed it, Seagull Island. Vicki arrives on the isolated Isalnd & meets up with Ralph Hargrove (Guy Doleman) & his wife Mary (Catherine Finn) who welcome her into their home, Vicki quickly learns that Ralph is a bee farmer & the next person she meets Mr. Manfred (Frank Finlay) is also a bee keeper. The people of Seagull Island seem to have bees on the brain & they come up in the conversation more often than one would expect, however it's not long before Vicki finds herself embroiled in a scheme involving killer bees that can be controlled to do their owner's evil bidding...

Produced by British studio Amicus The Deadly Bees was directed by genre veteran Freddie Francis & I have to say I quite liked it despite it's daftness & somewhat predictable storyline. The script by Robert Bloch & Anthony Marriott is based on the novel 'A Taste for Honey' by H.F. Heard & the central premise is rather silly & takes itself a little too seriously, why does someone want to develop a swarm of killer bees in the first place? The plot which tries to keep the villains identity a secret & then surprise everyone at the end, well I can assure you now that you would have to be pretty dumb not to see where The Deadly Bees is going as the script tries it's absolute hardest to convince you one way with unconvincing red-herrings that you just know there's more to it. I also found the bizarre sub-plot about Mr. & Mrs. Hargrove having the hump with each other somewhat puzzling & we never find out why they dislike each other so much or why Mrs. Hargrove is so rude to Doris (Katy Wild) the hired help! The villains speech at the films climax is also worth a mention as it feels & sounds like something out of a Scooby-Doo episode with the villain explaining it all nicely complete with flashbacks & how they did it. Having said that at only just over 80 minutes it moves along at a nice pace I was never bored, I found it quite fun & entertaining on a dumb level. There are only a few bee attacks & they are not graphic so don't expect a high body count or lots of gore.

Director Francis can't do much to liven things up unfortunately but does a decent job with the material at hand, the bee attacks themselves are poorly realised with some terrible special optical effects where the bees are super imposed over the actor who has to react & seem afraid to nothing, there are also a few plastic bees stuck on people but they don't move or anything. There is one cool scene though where the camera has a bee in close-up on someone's skin & we see it fly off without it's sting as it comes off in the wound. I really liked the 60's look to the film with the dated hair styles, clothes, furniture & the horrible garish wallpaper colours! Did people really choose to have wallpaper those colours?

Technically The deadly Bees is solid throughout with nice photography, location shooting, music & production values although those special effects won't impress anyone these days & some of the 'exterior' shots are obviously studio bound. The acting is OK but nothing special, I have no idea why but the IMDb cast list credits someone named Percy Edwards as the voice of Tess the Dog! I can promise you now there are no talking dogs in this film so why did he provide the voice? Why couldn't the filmmakers just record a normal dog barking?

Despite it's flaws & silliness I liked The Deadly Bees, it had a certain charm about it & it entertained me for 80 odd minutes which at the end of the day is all I ask for. Personally I think it's worth at least one watch.

Reviewed by michael-3441 7 / 10

A good British mystery.

When I rented this movie I was expecting it to contain more "horror scenes", but was pleasantly surprised that it was more of a mystery with some mild sequences.

The Deadly Bees has a decent plot and the music fits in very well. This is certainly not a film that is seen or heard about very much in the United States. However, the directing, cast, and sets are all upper rank.

Suzanna Leigh's performance is quite good along with the other cast members. Some of the bee scenes are a bit awkward, but overall the movie was well done and worth renting.

Reviewed by ferbs54 7 / 10

I'm Giving This One A Bee Plus

"The Deadly Bees" is a compact little British thriller from 1967 that might be more well known for its talent behind the camera than in front. Directed by horror vet Freddie Francis and cowritten by Robert "Psycho" Bloch, the picture features a virtually "no name" cast, not to mention its supporting cast of thousands...of killer bees, that is! In the film, we meet Vicki Robbins, a young and pretty pop singer (appealingly played by Suzanna Leigh) who has just suffered a nervous breakdown and is sent by her doctor to some old friends of his, the Hargroves, on Seagull Island, for a few weeks of R&R. But poor Vicki's stay with the Hargroves turns out to be anything but restful, as Mr. Hargrove proves to be an apiary owner, an enemy of a rival apiarist (Frank Finlay, the only cast member I was familiar with here) on the island, and before long, killer bees are flying thick and furious. The film features three or four of these swarming bee attacks, and they are fairly well done (especially the quite gruesome one on Mrs. Hargrove!), although the use of plainly superimposed flying nasties will surely bring to mind the similar FX used in 1963's "The Birds." The film's debt to that earlier Hitchcock picture is made more apparent by a scene in which our young heroine is trapped in an upstairs room by a gaggle of the flying killers. Ultimately, however, "The Deadly Bees" is most reminiscent of the old Bela Lugosi flick "The Devil Bat" (1941); say no more. Bloch's script is clever and keeps the viewer guessing, Francis directs in his typically professional manner, and the picture has nary an unnecessary scene or bit of flab. And thanks to this great-looking DVD from Legend Films, this once-popular, B+ film (better make that "bee-plus film"!) may just be getting some well-deserved, modern-day buzz....

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