This tv movie starts out very well, staging some frightening bee attacks that are genuinely uncomfortable and scary. Director Rockne O'Bannon leads Robert Hays, Nancy Stafford, Ryan Phillippe and Dennis Christopher through some sharp moments. However, once the attack becomes confined in the Hays household, the movie loses its overall steam. Sure, we care about the family and their plight, but its narrow focus doesn't carry forth the horror of the mass attack possibilities.\nRyan Phillippe is good in one of his early roles, but why in the world does the family put up with him; he's the one who decides to shoot up the primary hives, and then he freezes when he's needed to help out.\nDennis Christopher is cool in his role as the resident bee expert who cheerfully explains bee venom at a packed outside cafe where all the patrons start asking questions.\nNot a bad movie, but one I felt could have been better.
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A swarm of killer bees wreaks havoc on a California community in this frightening thriller, starring Robert Hays (Dr. T & the Women, Airplane!), Nancy Stafford ("St. Elsewhere") and Dennis Christopher (Chariots of Fire). Chad and Karen Ingram have just moved their family from Boston to the small community of Blossom Meadow, California, to follow their dream of owning an orchard. But that dream quickly turns into a horrific nightmare. Just as they and their kids are beginning to adjust to their new life, two teenagers from the local high school die in a car crash. When the cause of death is cited as multiple bee stings, Blossom Meadow becomes an idyllic town under siege. Realizing no one will buy the property, the Ingrams have no choice but to stay where they are. But things go from bad to worse when Chad discovers that the bees' colony is on their property. Surrounded by these dangerous bees, the family is trapped and in a desperate fight to escape this deadly invasion.