When a Bee Movie Becomes a D Movie


I was dying to show the 1978 disaster flick (in every sense of the word) The Swarm to my bad movie club, but the DVD version is 155 minutes long–as if a piece of crapola like that needs to be restored to its uncut glory. Berlin Alexanderplatz it ain’t! Still, while the movie has never garnered any buzz, ba dum pum, there are some perverse pleasures to be had as formerly dignified stars like Olivia DeHavilland scrunch their foreheads over the sight of some not very scary looking bees hanging around a windowpane. It’s especially delightful in a one minute and seven second version, namely the trailer! The same trailer Olivia should have locked herself in and never come out of! Bzzzzzzzz….