Savage Bees

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"They're coming this way...not to make honey, but to kill."
  • NR
  • 1976
  • 1 hr 29 min
  • 5.1  (692)

In the 1976 horror film Savage Bees, a dangerous species of bees is accidentally released from a Brazilian cargo ship while being transported to Texas. These bees are much more aggressive than regular honey bees and quickly form a swarm that terrorizes the local population. The main protagonist of the film is a beekeeper named John Norman (played by Ben Johnson) who tries to find a way to stop the bees from causing destruction and killing people.

The film starts with a scene showing the Brazilian crew of a cargo ship transporting the dangerous bees to the United States. Due to some bad weather, the ship hits a rock and the bees manage to escape from their containers. They swarm into the ocean and head towards the Texas coastline. It does not take long for the bees to start attacking people, and the small town of St. Polaris soon falls under siege by thousands of angry bees.

John Norman, who has a bee farm nearby, is called upon to help the local authorities fight against the bees. Along with his son, a local sheriff, and a team of scientists, he starts to research the behavior of the bees and tries to come up with a strategy to stop them. However, things spiral out of control as the bees continue to attack people and their numbers keep increasing.

Throughout the film, the audience is shown the devastating effects of the bee attacks. People are shown dying from bee stings, and the entire town has to be evacuated to prevent further loss of life. The bees seem to be relentless, and it becomes clear that traditional methods of stopping them, such as using smoke, are not effective against this particular species.

John Norman eventually comes up with a plan to lure the bees into a giant makeshift hive, with the help of a queen bee he captured earlier in the film. The plan involves smearing honey onto the walls of the hive to attract the bees, and then using a special vacuum to suck them all in. The team faces several challenges while trying to carry out the plan, but eventually, they succeed in trapping most of the bees.

The climax of the film involves a showdown between John Norman and a rogue beekeeper who sees an opportunity to profit from the deadly bees. He tries to sabotage John's plan and release the bees back into the wild. However, John manages to overcome his adversary and the bees are safely contained.

Savage Bees is a classic horror film that capitalizes on the natural fear many people have for bees. The movie is well-paced, and the plot moves along quickly, keeping the audience engaged throughout. The characters are well-developed and the actors deliver solid performances. The special effects, while sometimes dated, are effective in conveying the danger posed by the bees.

Overall, the film is an entertaining and suspenseful ride that keeps the audience on the edge of their seat. While it has undoubtedly aged over the years, it remains a classic entry in the horror genre that fans of the genre are sure to enjoy.

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    1 hr 29 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    5.1  (692)