Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Deadly Bees (1967)

Starring Suzanna Leigh, Frank Finlay, Guy Doleman, Catherine Finn, John Harvey
Directed by Freddie Francis
(actor & director credits courtesy

An overworked pop singer is ordered by her doctor to convalesce on a secluded island, where she discovers someone has found a way to get killer bees to attack people.

This film could have benefitted from a much stronger mystery story and more red herrings, with only two suspects who could possibly be behind the killer bees, and it becomes clear fairly early in the film who the villain is.  Nevertheless, Leigh is a lovely leading lady who gives a good performance, and Francis effectively stages the bee attack scenes, creating some genuine suspense and terror, tapping into our natural fears of being stung.  I enjoyed it on that level, although as a horror film, it falls short of being effectively terrifying or especially memorable.

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