Film #77: INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS aka GRAVEYARD TRAMPS
Invasion of the Bee Girls (aka Graveyard Tramps)
2 out of 5 stars
Made in 1973, this is a film obviously influenced by the sexual revolution of the late 1960s. Written by Nicholas Meyer (STAR TREK 2, 4, & 6, SOMMERSBY, PRINCE OF EGYPT), directed by Denis Sanders, and starring the great Hollywood tough guy William Smith (RICH MAN, POOR MAN) and a host of recognizable character actors, INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS is a dated and dopey tale of women who have “adapted” to be like a cross between a human and a queen bee and begin killing off the male populace of a small town. There’s lots of early ‘70s sexuality (promiscuity, swinging, wife swapping) and a rather casual attitude toward violence (lotsa of punch-ups, a rape that no one seems to think is a big deal, etc). The FX are basically sclera lenses and some alginate, but they sort of work in a weird way. Smith plays the lantern-jawed hero with aplomb while the rest of the male populace are predictably unaware. All in all, BEE GIRLS is a silly, yappy, and insignificant little time-waster that is fun for its nostalgic aspect alone. Wood paneling, shag carpets, Lava Lamps are all standard home décor here, if you get my drift. INVASION is ridiculously plotted and the production seems to try to do its best given the tools they have handy, but… there’s just not enough there to recommend the film as a whole. Nostalgia fans and early ‘70s movie freaks may enjoy this one, but… I was underwhelmed.