The Bees (1978)
Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Scientists attempt to make killer bees infertile and wind up making them intelligent.
Reasons to Watch
- John Saxon negotiating with bees
- John Carradine buzzing happily to himself
- So many bees
- Unintentionally hilarious deaths
This is a totally sincere attempt to make a plea to save the environment. Sort of the Birdemic: Shock and Terror of its day.
Written and directed by Curtis Harrington
Based on footage from Mechte navstrechu by Mikhail Karzhukov and Otar Koberidze
Starring John Saxon, Basil Rathbone, Judi Meredith, Dennis Hopper, and Florence Marly
Queen of Blood is a patchwork movie, built around footage from at least two Russian films: Mechte navstrechu and Nebo zovyot. Roger Corman snapped up the U.S. rights to the films and gutted them to use for his own features. Nebo zovyot was mostly turned into Battle Beyond the Sun, while Mechte navstrechu became the basis for this one. Given this origin, it’s remarkable that the film actually works.