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Savage Bees, the [VHS]

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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Universal Studios Ho
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301641833
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,708 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Savage....Yeah I'll Say! October 26, 2005
This has to be the one of the best, if not the best, of the bee-sploitation films, a genre that experienced it's golden age in the summer of '76 through fall of '76. Compared to other bee-sploitation classics such as "A Bee For All Seasons," "The Swarm," and "Bees," "The Savage Bees" gets my vote. Starring the effeminate Ben Johnson, no, not that Ben Johnson, the one of such notable TV movies "Where the Sun Sets" and Danielle Steele's "Ladyfingers, the movie takes us on a whirlwind ride through the throngs of revelers at Mardi Gras as unsuspecting partygoes are delt the ultimate buzzkill- a swarm of bloodthirsty bees that descend with the voracity of a whirlwind. The ending left me in awe. The Astrodome scene became an instant classic and is still heavily referenced in certain circles today. Truly a masterstroke of a genius at work, the director Bruce Geller. You will definitely love this movie. Prepare to cream your jeans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars COMING TO DVD RELEASE OCT 15th July 5, 2013
I actually really love this movie. I had seen it long ago, and would love to see it again, but I absolutely refuse to pay the ridiculous asking price of this for a full screen crappy quality VHS version. I find if you wait, it will eventually come onto DVD release. For all you people wanting this movie, avoid the VHS release of this film.
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The Savage Bees (Bruce Geller, 1976)

As much as Guerdon Trueblood's movies were off-the-cuff disaster-of-the-week junk, I have to admit that the guy was capable of crafting scenes that stayed with me for decades after I first saw the movies. With It Happened at Lakewood Manor, it was the kid in the dumpster. With The Savage Bees, it was the little girl with the horn skipping on her way to church. I'd gone through just about every other killer bee movie I could find looking for that scene. Then I found out Guerdon Trueblood had written one. I popped it in. Ten minutes later, there it was, in front of me.

Mr. Trueblood, I bow to your superior firepower. You can assault me with killer insects any time. (You should probably not do the shark thing again, though-- Jaws III was an unmitigated disaster.)

In any case, the Trueblood-trademark Paper-Thin-Plot involves killer bees, a town with a big shindig coming up, and a couple of people who are desperately trying to stop the celebration, because if they don't, people will get killed. Sound familiar? Of course it does. You've seen at least a dozen movies with this exact plot, from Jaws to Piranha to Alligator to Kingdom of the Spiders. Trueblood himself recycled this plot for It Happened at Lakewood Manor. The moral: you can make this movie with just about anything, all you need to do is change the bad guy. It's the Dame Barbara Cartland of horror movie plots. (And these days, you don't even have to change the bad guy; killer-bees-attack-town movies have found something of a revival in the last decade, as unfortunate as that is.) Do you need to know more than that?
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3.0 out of 5 stars This movie is BEE-UTIFUL! December 3, 2007
Most killer-bee movies are real stingers(sic)but this modest
and well produced film is a exception. The ever-reliable Johnson
is a Louisiana sheriff investigating a child's bizarre death
that turns out to be the work of a swarm of African killer bees
that eventually attack the New Orleans Mardi Gras. The attack
scenes are surprisingly potent and includes some GRISLY makeup.
This movie manages to build suspense quite well and provides
a clever off-beat ending. Worth a look if you have the honey
I-I mean money.
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