“We’re uptight. You’re uptight. I’m uptight. We’re all uptight. … They’re dropping like flies, Agar. They’re dropping like flies.” It’s no wonder everyone’s uptight! Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they sample the visual delights of Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973), the film Roger Ebert called, “the best schlock soft-core science fiction movie since The Vengeance of She (1968).”
Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 164 – Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973)
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A powerful cosmic force is turning Earth women into queen bees who kill men by wearing them out sexually.
- Director: Denis Sanders
- Writer: Nicholas Meyer
- Selected cast:
- William Smith as Neil Agar
- Anitra Ford as Dr. Susan Harris
- Victoria Vetri as Julie Zorn
- Cliff Osmond as Captain Peters
- Wright King as Dr. Henry Murger
- Ben Hammer as Herb Kline
- Anna Aries as Nora Kline
- Andre Philippe as Aldo Ferrara
- Sid Kaiser as Stan Williams
- Beverly Powers as Harriet Williams
- Katie Saylor as Gretchen Grubowsky
- Cliff Emmich as Coroner
- Colleen Brennan as Nude Bee Girl on Motorcycle (uncredited)
Invasion of the Bee Girls is Jeff’s pick, mainly because he’s a William Smith fan. After watching it, he confirms that it does star William Smith, along with a surprising number of good character actors, and though it is not a good movie, but it is certainly a crazy movie. Chad says Invasion of the Bee Girls fits into the “not so classic” category of each episode’s introduction. He doesn’t have any idea if the filmmakers are intentionally trying to be funny, but he laughed all the way through the movie. Of course, he loves William Smith and anything he’s in but he is also dumbfounded by the storyline. Bill sees it as one of those softcore sex flicks from the 70s with enough science fiction elements to entice viewers to stick with it through the constant flow of boobs and butts. He never did get the ultimate goal of the bee girls in Invasion of the Bee Girls. Doc did not realize Invasion of the Bee Girls is as “skinemax” as it is and even though it’s silly, it has a kind of stupid charm to it. It’s a bizarre film with a weird science fiction thing going on and a strange level of innocence despite the topic.
If you’re in the mood for some William Smith, or some of that other stuff, Invasion of the Bee Girls might be just the ticket. As of this writing, the movie is available to stream from Amazon Prime, and with ads from Tubi/ Unfortunately, the Scream Factory Blu-ray is sold out.
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror two-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In two weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule, chosen by Bill, will be Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975).
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