Deadly Bees

The Deadly Bees

Director: Freddie Francis

Cast: Freddie Francis, Suzanna Leigh, Frank Finlay, Guy Doleman

     
 

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Noted British horror director Freddie Francis and author Robert Bloch, who wrote Psycho, combined their talents for this tale of terror. Pop singer Vicki Robbins (Suzanna Leigh) collapses from exhaustion and takes a vacation on a small resort island. She soon meets Mr. Hargrove (Guy Doleman), a difficult man with a failing marriage who owns the resort and keeps…  See more details below

Overview

Noted British horror director Freddie Francis and author Robert Bloch, who wrote Psycho, combined their talents for this tale of terror. Pop singer Vicki Robbins (Suzanna Leigh) collapses from exhaustion and takes a vacation on a small resort island. She soon meets Mr. Hargrove (Guy Doleman), a difficult man with a failing marriage who owns the resort and keeps bees as a hobby. Charming Manfred (Frank Finlay), who also lives on the island, keeps bees as well, and he soon strikes up a friendship with Vicki. However, when first a dog and then Hargrove's wife are killed by bee stings, Vicki discovers that someone on the island is breeding a strain of killer bees, and she has to find out who is responsible and what can be done before they kill again. Keep an eye peeled for a short appearance by the British beat combo The Birds, whose guitarist, Ron Wood, would later become a star playing with The Faces (featuring Rod Stewart) and The Rolling Stones.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
"Killer bee" movies are a rather notorious little sub-genre of the horror flick, and while The Deadly Bees is far from the worst of them, it's by no means a winner. Bees could certainly have benefited from a better screenplay. No one expects this kind of film to have Oscar-calibre writing, but one does expect rather more from celebrated author Robert Bloch than the cardboard characters, tired dialogue, clichéd situations and nonsensical plot machinations that one gets in Bees. Even the twist ending is hardly a twist, and hardly worth the effort. The special effects are also on the wan side, with very poor matte effects and some extremely fake-looking bees. Of the cast, Frank Finlay probably comes off best; his performance is by no means great, but he finds the occasional interesting riff to play. Suzanna Leigh looks quite good, but her performance is actively annoying; to be fair, some of this is due to the poor material. And Guy Doleman is, at best, adequate, and often not even that. Freddie Francis has delivered much better -- and much more imaginative -- direction elsewhere, and his pacing is unforgivably poor. There's some nice cinematography, including some good bee's-eye-view shots, but there's little in Bees worth watching.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2008
UPC:
0844503000118
Original Release:
1966
Rating:
NR
Source:
Legend Films
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:24:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Suzanna Leigh Vicki Robbins
Frank Finlay Manfred
Guy Doleman Hargrove
Catherine Finn Mrs. Hargrove
John Harvey Thompson
Michael Ripper Hawkins
Anthony Bailey Compere
Tim Barrett Harcourt
James Cossins Coroner
Frank Forsyth Doctor
Katy Wild Doris Hawkins
Michael Gwynn Dr. Lang
Maurice Good Vicky's Agent
Alister Williamson Inspector

Technical Credits
Freddie Francis Director
Robert Bloch Screenwriter
Mike Collins Special Effects
Bill Constable Art Director
Oswald Hafenrichter Editor
Wilfred Josephs Score Composer
Andrew Low Set Decoration/Design
Anthony Marriott Screenwriter
Max Rosenberg Producer
Milton Subotsky Producer
John Wilcox Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Deadly Bees
1. Title [2:33]
2. Killer Bees [:46]
3. Vicki Robbins [3:42]
4. Seagull Island [2:11]
5. Doris Helps [1:52]
6. Vicki Arrives [4:15]
7. Manfred's Bees [2:11]
8. The Warning [1:17]
9. Blood Samples [3:09]
10. Bee Stings [2:46]
11. Phone Problems [:57]
12. Questions [1:39]
13. Tess Gets Stung [2:11]
14. Hargrove Lost Control? [2:33]
15. No Way Off the Island [:40]
16. Mrs. Hargrove Gets Stung [2:03]
17. Moth Notes [4:45]
18. The Inquest [1:25]
19. Vicki's Caught [4:07]
20. Attack [1:20]
21. Escape [3:22]
22. Swarm [5:27]
23. Refuge [1:22]
24. The Owner of the Bees [:49]
25. Taking Care of Vicki [2:43]
26. Bees Swarm the Beekeeper [:32]
27. Officer on the Phone [:55]
28. H.W. Manfred Revealed [3:47]
29. Hawkins and Hargrove Bee Attack [:30]
30. Manfred's Death [8:44]
31. Vicki's Farewell [2:41]
32. Credits [2:49]

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