The Bees

The Bees

Director: Alfredo Zacharias Cast: John Saxon, Angel Tompkins, John Carradine

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Overview

This hilariously awful killer-bee epic from director Alfredo Zacharias features surprisingly good special effects and horrible acting. Cult favorites John Saxon and Angel Tompkins star as scientists trying to deal with a U.S. invasion by trillions of sentient bees. The bees want humans to stop polluting the environment and they enlist Saxon to deliver their ultimatum to the United Nations. As Uncle Ziggy, John Carradine, before being shot by hitmen, delivers his dialogue as if speaking through dry heaves in a bad German accent. There are some exciting scenes of mass destruction as swarms of bees attack large crowds (including the Rose Bowl Parade, where President Ford is seen briefly) and then Saxon comes up with a plan. His proposal suggests the use of a chemical which turns the bees homosexual ("That reminds me of a certain neighborhood I know in L.A.," says one delegate). Eventually, Saxon goes to the U.N. to deliver the bees' message, only to meet with scorn. Naturally, billions of bees then burst into the room to plead their case. There are some well-done plane crashes, the bee scenes are realistic and incredibly numerous (a scene where they carpet Saxon's bedroom is astounding), and the storming of the U.N. is a classic. But all of this is compromised by annoying geometric wipes between scenes and some of the worst writing and acting to ever survive the cutting-room floor. Oddly enough, the same year's big-budget The Swarm would not improve on any of these areas, and is not as funny as this film either.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/2016
UPC: 0814456020211
Original Release: 1978
Rating: R
Source: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Code: ABC
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 29,648

Special Features

Video interview with director Alfredo Zacharias Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Saxon John Norman
Angel Tompkins Sandra Miller
John Carradine Dr. Sigmund Hummel
Claudio Brook Dr. Miller
Alicia Encinas Alicia
Julio Cesar Actor

Technical Credits
Alfredo Zacharias Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Marty Bercaw Art Director
Roger Corman Executive Producer
Richard Gillis Score Composer
Jose Rodriguez Granada Art Director
Sandy Nervig Editor
Jack R. Rabin Special Effects
Leon Sanchez Cinematographer
Teri Schwartz Associate Producer
Mort Tubor Editor
Miguel Zacarias Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Bees
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16

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