Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973)

Director: Denis Sanders

Writer: Nicholas Meyer

Composer: Charles Bernstein

Starring: William Smith, Anitra Ford, Victoria Vetri, Cliff Osmond, Wright King, Ben Hammer, Anna Aries, Andre Philippe, Sid Kaiser, Katie Saylor, Bevery Powers, Jack Perkins, Rene Bond

More info: IMDb

Tagline: They'll Love The Very Life Out Of Your Body!

Plot: A powerful cosmic force is turning Earth women into queen bees who kill men by wearing them out sexually.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  Nah.

OK, this has all the makings for a great B-picture.  You've got the amazing William Smith, a wacky, goofy story...and boobs!  The filmmakers took the material seriously although there are a few intentional, subtle laughs.  Smith gets little chance to show off his physical prowess (but when he does he kicks major ass).  The story gives him enough detective work to keep him (and us) busy plus there's the boobs.

The problem is that there isn't enough of Smith being a badass (there's very little) and there isn't enough nudity to hold up nearly 90 minutes.  Cut it down to about an hour and you might have a tight little piece of entertainment but it would still need to be punched up with the good stuff.  At the end of it all I was disappointed by the lack of entertainment value I got out of something that promised so, so much.  It's still worth watching but lower your expectations.  I'm just glad it wasn't called INVASION OF THE B CUPS.

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