“They will love the very life of your body!”
Invasion of the Bee Girls is a 1973 science fiction horror film directed by Denis Sanders from a screenplay written by Nicholas Meyer (later director of star trek 2 and VII and hour after hour).
On April 4, 2017, Scream Factory released the film on Blu-ray.
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The film stars William Smith (Tomb of the Vampire, Moon in Scorpio), Victoria Vetri (Rosemary’s baby, When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth), Anitra Ford (evil messiah), Cliff Osmond, Wright King, Ben Hammer, Anna Aries (The Ωmega man), Beverly Powers (The comedy of terrors, blood wives, Jaws), Cliff Emmich (Halloween 2). Rene Bond (Please don’t eat my mother!; Necromania) plays one of the Bee Girls.
Veteran Gary Graver (deep space; et al) handled the cinematography and Charles Bernstein (Daddy’s deadly darling, The entity, Freddie)provided the groovy ’70s score, except for the ending credits which are accompanied by Also Sprach Zarathustra by Johan Strauss (known for being used in 2001: A Space Odyssey).
Dr. Susan Harris, a mad scientist (Anitra Ford), has created an army of female beauties who seduce men to death. One by one, the male victims are killed before the local police figure out the infected women’s plans.
Neil Agar (Smith), a State Department security officer, is sent to Peckham, California to investigate the death of John Grubowsky, a bacteriologist working for the government-sponsored Brandt Research.
Quickly getting to know the lab’s head librarian, Julie Zorn, he begins interviewing the company’s top scientists, many of whom have a reputation for being sex actors. His investigation is soon complicated by a growing death toll, all men who died of congestive heart failure caused by sexual exhaustion.
Faced with a rapidly rising body count, local sheriff Captain Peters calls a town meeting at which the lab’s top relationship researcher, Henry Murger, urges the townspeople to practice sexual abstinence – an idea greeted with derision by the inhabitants.
Neil and Julie then arrange a meeting with Murger to discuss his theories as to the cause of his death, only to see him chased and run over by a car with an unseen driver. Later, Neil discovers a secret room concealing naughty paraphernalia and Murger’s secret lover, Joe, who informs Neil that he saw Murger go off with a stranger before he died.
Despite a curfew and the establishment of a military quarantine, the scientists continue their carnal games. One of them, Herb Kline, is approached by Susan Harris, a beautiful entomologist working on bees. Although described by the men as an “iceberg”, she flirts with Kline and invites him to dinner.
That night, as they get frisky, Kline suffers a fatal thrombosis and Harris reveals compound black eyes suggesting she’s more than she looks…
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“What saves this somewhat improbable plot is the film’s sense of style. It looks good, it moves pretty well, the girls are pretty, Big Bill frowns impressively, and there are a lot of SF-like gimmicks. My favorite was a kind of Redi-Whip cocoon that not only turns girls into queen bees, but gives them a facial and a hairstyle at the same time. Roger Ebert.com
“The film’s fairly simple concept gives way to lots of tongue-in-cheek dialogue, lots of sex and violence, and all the driving fun you could want. Anchoring the film is a bizarre script, which doesn’t take itself very seriously and instead plays exploitative angles for all it’s worth. You get corny lab footage; makeover scenes with flashing lights and an army of girls rubbing white slime all over naked recruits…” DVD player
“The film tempts us and warns us at the same time. We get free boobs and buttocks, but just when we think some hot action is brewing, it cuts into a corpse’s face. It’s also a sleek, compelling film with a lively script and a funky wa-wa-wa-wa la-la-la-la theme song reminiscent of Ennio Morricone’s score for Bird with crystal plumage. B-series giant William Smith […] is perfect as a square-jawed agent on the bee trail. Anitra Ford […] is lovely and fearsome like the queen bee. David Elroy Goldweber, Claws & Saucers
“…I’m pretty sure this movie was meant to be taken in jest, and its blatant disregard for quality is at least to some degree deliberate.” The cumulative effect of silly setup, crazy dialogue, and myriad minor routs on the one hand, and overbearing psychosexual and sociopolitical symbolism on the other is just too much. 100 hours ill spent and counting
Cast and characters:
William Smith as Neil Hagar
Anitra Ford as Dr. Susan Harris
Victoria Vetri as Julie Zorn
Cliff Osmond as Captain Peters
Wright King as Dr. Murger
Ben Hammer as Herb Kline
Anna Aries as Nora Kline
Andre Philippe as Aldo Ferrara
Sid Kaiser as Stan Williams
Katie Saylor as Gretchen Grubowsky
Beverly Powers as Harriet Williams
Cliff Emmich as the coroner
In the United States, the film was erroneously re-released as Tramps of the cemetery
Watch for free online via Dailymotion
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