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The Swarm

Irwin Allen followed up his huge blockbuster "The Towering Inferno" with this 1978 mega-stinker, THE SWARM. As unintentional comedies go, this is a classic. There were more laugh-out-loud moments in this 2 hour and 35 minute flick than many recent comedies. This is one of those seventies disaster flicks where there are a dozen pictures of "stars" across the bottom of the poster and its your job to guess who will survive. Between this, "Beyond the Poseidon Adventure" and "Jaws: The Revenge", it's amazing that Michael Caine's career survived! Caine SHOUTS his way through the entire movie as if yelling will make the dialogue less horrible. At one point, Richard Widmark, playing a General that yells a lot too, says about the killer bees: "I always credit my enemy with equal intelligence to me"...LOL, I couldn't agree more......Before the movie came out, Irwin Allen said that the special effects showing the swarms of killer bees would be ground breaking and change movies forever. I guess he thought blowing 1000 pounds of Sugar Smacks around with giant fans would be is heeelarious. What a mess.

It would be great if I could say The Swarm was a B movie, but alas, it's a godawful mess of an F.

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