This made-for-television film is another of the nature-gone-wild thrillers that seemed so much in vogue in the 1970s.
A swarm of African killer bees descend on New Orleans during Mardi Gras having rampaged through South America already. Now, thanks to a freighter collision (or something), they have their sights set on the United States.
The movie is surprisingly straight-laced (for a film about killer bees) and bee antics are mostly absent for much of the running time except at the end when we finally get to see a swarm (you’ve probably seen bigger swarms in your back garden, to be honest).
Michael Parks gives a completely restrained performance. Ben Johnson is the Sheriff while Horst Buchholz is the only cast member who threatens to ham it up as a scientist and bee expert.
Sheriff Donald McKew
Dr Jeff DuRand
Dr Rufus Carter
Dr Jorge Meuller
Coast Guard Lieutenant
David L. Gray
Coast Guard Chief
Richard Charles Boyle