THE SAVAGE BEES (1976 US) D/P: BRUCE GELLER W: GUERDON TRUEBLOOD
This tv movie managed to beat the official adaptation of Arthur Herzog's 1974 novel The Swarm to the small-screen by two years. Aggressive Africanized killer bees from Brazil are killing people in New Orleans (during Mardi Gras, but not much is made of that). An angry Sheriff called Mc.Q (Ben Johnson), grieving over his dead dog, Medical Examiner Michael Parks and Entomologist Gretchen Corbett are the stars. Horst Buchholz and others are covered in bees. The tense ending involves a car enveloped in bees, and the use of the Superdome. It's actually an above average killer insect movie, and much better than the later bloated, boring THE SWARM or the laughable THE BEES (both 78). With James Best. Trueblood also wrote the (pretty good) follow-up, TERROR OUT OF THE SKY (1978), but first detailed other bug troubles in ANTS! and TARANTULAS: THE DEADLY CARGO (both 77). Geller was a busy screenwriter who also directed the interesting pickpocket flick HARRY IN YOUR POCKET.

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