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INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS (1973) – Episode 164 – Decades of Horror 1970s

“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.

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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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.