Deadly Invasion: A Dull Killer Bee-Movie | Screen Rant

Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare is a 1995 TV movie starring Ryan Phillippe that finds a family under siege by swarms of bees.

Deadly Invasion: A Dull Killer Bee-Movie | Screen Rant

Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare had the elements to make a solid b(ee)-movie, but its a dull horror flick instead. Among the list of killer animal movies, such as or Alfred Hitchcock classic , there are surprisingly few revolving around killer bees. The most high profile would probably be 1978's The Swarm from Irwin Allen, the producer behind The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno. The Swarm focuses on an outbreak of African killer bees in Texas and was a splashy, big-budget disaster movie.

Sadly, The Swarm suffered from an insipid screenplay and hammy acting, despite featuring a cast that includes heavyweights like Michael Caine, Henry Fonda, and Katharine Ross. Caine himself has since labelled it one of his worst movies, but would later re-teamed with Allen for dire sequel Beyond The Poseidon Adventure. While not the focus of the movies, bees played key roles in 1992 horror classic and My Girl, where the death of a certain main character due to bee stings traumatized a generation.

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Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare is a 1995 TV movie starring Robert Hays () as Chad Ingram, who moves to a small California town with his wife and children. Their arrival coincides with that of the African killer bees sweeping across the U.S., who are seen killing a curious police officer in the opening scene. After some dry setup and character building, the second half finds the Ingram's trapped in their farmhouse by waves of very angry bees who flood in through the doorways and chimney, seemingly seeking revenge.

There was room for Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare to be fun, but the stilted dialogue and acting - aside from Dennis Christopher's () over the top turn as a bee expert - make it a slog long before the siege kicks in. Even then, there's not much suspense to be found as Hayes and others block off doorways with towels and swat at the air. The movie is notable for an early appearance by young Ryan Phillippe () as a teenager who blasts some hives with a shotgun, which leads to the farmhouse siege.

Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare isn't without its goofy charms, but its a fairly toothless nature run amok movie that doesn't even have much of a body count. The definitive killer bee movie has yet to be made, and Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare definitely isn't it.

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Lord of the Rings: Cate Blanchett Wanted To Play Surprising Second Character

Cate Blanchett's ethereal beauty defined Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings films, but the actress pitched a second role to director Peter Jackson.

Lord of the Rings: Cate Blanchett Wanted To Play Surprising Second Character

No other actress could have embodied the role of Galadriel as Cate Blanchett did in the 2000s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but the Australian actress pitched a second role to director Peter Jackson. Blanchett dominated all of her scenes in the early 2000s films, aided by her ethereal beauty, which asserted it was the role she was born to play. The success of The Lord of The Rings, which collectively won a whopping 17 Academy Awards, rocketed her to superstardom. The actress has gone on to star in other blockbuster hits, as the wicked stepmother in the 2015 live-action remake of Cinderella and Hela in 2017's Thor: Ragnarok. Blanchett has remained a mainstay in Hollywood for over two decades.

Blanchett rose to international attention after her role as Elizabeth I in 1998’s Elizabeth. She starred in countless critically acclaimed films like Carol, alongside Rooney Mara. She returned to Middle Earth and reprised the role of Galadriel for trilogy. Blanchett is known to play strong female characters. She has won two Academy Awards, one for Best Actress in 2013 for her role as a fallen-from-grace socialite in Blue Jasmine, and her historic Best Supporting Actress win in 2004’s The Aviator, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Blanchett is the only actress to have won an Oscar portraying an Academy-Award winning actress, in the role of Katherine Hepburn.

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During Blanchett’s recent interview on , she revealed that she proposed a second appearance in The Lord of The Rings to director Peter Jackson in an attempt to up the lacking female energy. Blanchett said, “I did say to Peter and Fran, they were doing a banquet scene with a whole lot of dwarves. I always wanted to play the bearded lady, so I asked them, ‘Could I be your hairy wife woman when you pan across the banquet table of dwarves?'” Had everything panned out, it would make an incredible Easter egg, but the shooting schedule didn’t line up.

Amazon plans to produce a series, drawing information from other Tolkien texts like The Silmarillion. Blanchett, unlike some of her other co-stars, like Orlando Bloom and John Rhys-Davies, has yet to comment on the return to Middle Earth. It is unclear if Galadriel will appear in the new series. For now, the world will remain blessed with Blanchett’s portrayal of the powerful elven queen of Lothlórien.

It’s delightful that almost two decades since its premiere, details still emerge about the epic shoot of the previously dubbed “unfilmable series.” Blanchett’s suggestion to Jackson came as a solution to the few women characters present in the world of Middle Earth. after his defining experiences in World War I, fighting for England in the trenches, a masculine space. Between his own life and the time of publication,  the lack of female representation in the series is unsurprising. It’s encouraging that Blanchett tried even in the early 2000s to remedy the lack of feminine energy by throwing on a beard and playing a dwarf.

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