THE DEADLY BEES
The Deadly Bees is no exception, despite the presence of distinguished names like Freddie Francis, one of the finest directors of the 1960s Anglo-Horror cycle; a script from horror writer Robert Bloch, the author of Psycho (1960); and it being produced by Amicus, the second most influential horror production company of the Anglo-horror cycle next to Hammer.
Robert Blochs script treads all the cliches the reversal of villain and contrived red herrings hold no conviction. In fact, virtually the same plot was conducted in the Bela Lugosi mad scientist cheapie The Devil Bat (1940) but with bees instead of bats. Freddie Francis, usually a fine stylist, does what he can, but even he has it hard going trying to wring suspense out of clods of dirt optically superimposed over only the foreground, never the background, of a shot. Frank Finlay, looking as though he is stuffed, gives a very unconvincing performance.
Freddie Franciss other genre films are:- Vengeance/The Brain (1962), Paranoiac (1962), Nightmare (1963), Dr Terrors House of Horrors (1964), The Evil of Frankenstein (1964), Hysteria (1965), The Skull (1965), The Psychopath (1966), They Came from Beyond Space (1967), Torture Garden (1967), Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968), Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny & Girly (1969), Trog (1970), The Vampire Happening (1971), Tales from the Crypt (1972), Tales That Witness Madness (1972), Craze (1973), The Creeping Flesh (1973), Legend of the Werewolf (1974), Son of Dracula (1974), The Ghoul (1975), The Doctor and the Devils (1985) and Dark Tower (1987).
Robert Blochs other genre scripts are:- The Cabinet of Caligari (1962), Strait-Jacket (1964), The Night Walker (1965), The Skull (1965), The Psychopath (1966), Torture Garden (1967), The House That Dripped Blood (1970), Asylum (1972), the tv movie The Cat Creature (1973), the tv movie The Dead Dont Die (1974), Three Dangerous Ladies (1977) and The Amazing Captain Nemo (1977).
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