The Terror Tuesday Report: Invasion of the Bee Girls

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The Film

Notorious biker badass William “Big Bill” Smith plays Neil Agar, a security agent working for the State Department sent to investigate the death of a scientist who was working at the Brandt Research facility. While Agar is busy flirting with laboratory librarian, Julie Zorn (1968 Playboy Playmate of the Year, Victoria Vetri), and searching ineffectually for clues, more researchers (who we learn enjoy frequent sexual escapades inside their elite community) turn up dead. Autopsy results indicate that each of the men died from sexual exhaustion. Meanwhile, the women of Brandt Research facility are wearing sunglasses indoors and are generally more horny than usual. Agar begins to suspect there’s a link between the bodies and the bee research being conducted by the gorgeous entomologist, Dr. Susan Harris (Anitra Ford, a former member of Barker’s Beauties on “The Price is Right”).

Invasion of the Bee Girls’ main focus is not quite in line with the title of the series under which it was presented. Terror is the last thing on its mind. Instead, it seeks to titillate by teasing the audience with beautiful women for the first half and then keeping them in constant, clothes-less rotation for the second. Scenes of bee women attacking men during coitus consist of buzzing sounds, some rolling around, black eyes and then sudden death. On a procedural level, the audience is way ahead of Agar at all times, his style of investigation is mostly wandering around making completely unexplained (and inexplicably correct) leaps in logic and going about his day with a complete lack of charisma that could be mistaken as him being “cool”. Basically he’s the David Caruso of sexploitation.

Terror Tuesday Forecast: Invasion of the Bee Girls

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Well it’s Monday again, sorry to say, so it’s once again time for the Terror Tuesday Forecast. Let’s take a peek at the film that will be playing this week at the grand ole Alamo Drafthouse upon that most advantageous of weekdays. Take a gander at the trailer for Invasion of the Bee Girls

The first thing that stands out to me about this trailer is how sexually-charged it is. It’s not simply a matter of content that is more sex-centric, but there appears to be some sexual politics at play as well. This doesn’t surprise me as this week’s Terror Tuesday will be hosted by Weird Wednesday curator Lars Nilsen. Weird Wednesday, by virtue of its not being confined to one genre and instead operating under the ambiguous umbrella of the “weird,” has the ability to explore more diverse flavors of film. That being said, and I don’t mean this in any context other than one of reverence and respect, Lars has a penchant for sexploitation and I love that he was able to find a movie that seems to comfortably straddle the horror and sexploitation genres. I am thoroughly excited to step ever-so-slightly out of the normal wheelhouse of Terror Tuesday.

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