INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS
Invasion of the Bee Girls is cheerfully an exploitation film. Every single member of the substantial female cast list gets topless, for example. What sets it above any other exploitation film is its tongue-in-cheek cheerfulness. First, there is the outrageously silly premise women injecting radiation-mutated bee venom to become queen bee creatures that exhaust the towns menfolk in the heat of sexual passion.
The script comes from Nicholas Meyer. Shortly after this, Meyer published a novel called The Seven Per Cent Solution (1973), which became a bestseller and was made into a popular film in 1976. Meyer himself later embarked on a directorial career with the genre likes of Time After Time (1979), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), The Day After (1983), The Deceivers (1988) and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). Meyer fills the script for Invasion of the Bee Girls with all manner of witty lines after a town hall meeting decides that the solution to the killings is sexual abstinence, a disgruntled scientist returns to his marital bed Abstinence isnt a new thing around here to which his wife replies If I was positive it would kill you, Id do it.
On the other hand, director Denis Sanders treats the exercise with more seriousness than Nicholas Meyer clearly intended. Unlike Meyer, Denis Sanders never went on to any subsequent fame but there are occasional moments that suggest that he might have been capable of something more. While his handling of actors is clearly amateurish, Sanders delivers scenes that fall between the cheesy and the lyrical a lyrical hillside romp, parodying 1970s nudie movies, that turns into a bee attack; and Anitra Fords seduction of a scientist and slow undressing to classical music. The films finest moment, which hits a perfect note of apotheosis in exploitation movie poetry, is a scene where the bee women coat a topless women in honey and place her in a radiation machine, where she is entirely covered in bees to then emerge with dark eyes, whereupon all the other women start caressing their breasts to the accompaniment of classical music.
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