Plot: What’s it about?
Vicki Robbins (Suzanna Leigh) is one of the hottest females in the entertainment field, but she has pushed herself a little too hard in recent times. As she performs her latest pop hit, Robbins collapses and on medical advice, she agrees to take a respite to allow her mind and body some much needed rest. The destination of choice is Seagull Island, an isolated and rural area that is sure to deliver peace and quiet in ample doses. Soon after she arrives, strange events begin to unfold that leave local animals dead and soon, humans join the hit list. The culprits appear to be a swarm of killer bees, but no one seems to have any answers or if they do, they refuse to share them. Has Suzanna’s quest for serenity landed her in the path of certain death, or is there a solution for this murderous insect invasion?
I do love movies about bees, so when I found out Legend Films had licensed The Deadly Bees, I was ecstatic. I’ve seen the film several times and I have never been bored, as this is quite a fun B movie, no pun intended. While most movies about killer bees make use of piss poor special effects, The Deadly Bees boasts some impressive attack scenes. Now you’ll never believe the attacks are real, but for this kind of movie, its solid stuff. The plot is merely passable, but does anyone pick up a movie about a swarm of killer bees to experience top shelf narrative? Suzanna Leigh’s presence is a treat for horror movie fans and while her performance isn’t great, it is better than you might expect. So if you like movies about killer insects, have a few beers and check out The Deadly Bees, its still quite a fun ride.
Video: How does it look?
The Deadly Bees is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. This transfer is impressive, thanks to a clean source print that allows the visuals to come through so well. The print does have a few nicks and some minor debris, but is in good shape and hasn’t worn much over the decades. The image shows solid detail, so depth is good for the material. No problems with colors either, as hues have a bright presence and contrast is up to snuff. So in the end, Legends Films has drummed up a better than expected effort, so kudos on this one.
Audio: How does it sound?
This mono soundtrack doesn’t offer any bells & whistles, but it sounds fine. The track has minimal hiss and distortion, so time hasn’t been too harsh. The music sounds good, while the other sound effects are on the thin side, but that is forgivable, given the age of the elements involved. I had no trouble with vocals, as all of the dialogue has a clear, never harsh sound. So not bad at all, fans should be satisfied.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes no bonus materials.