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Killer Buzz
Killer Buzz
Actors: Gabrielle Anwar, Craig Sheffer, Rutger Hauer, Duncan Regehr, Jason Brooks
Director: Jeff Hare
Genres: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     2003     1hr 40min

In an airplane over the Atlantic, a container of genetically altered bees has been opened. One sting is all it takes to render a victim dead. When the plane lands in New York City, releasing the tiny killers on an unsuspec...  more »


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Actors: Gabrielle Anwar, Craig Sheffer, Rutger Hauer, Duncan Regehr, Jason Brooks
Director: Jeff Hare
Creators: Jeff Hare, Craig Ayers, George Shamieh, John J. Kelly, Karen Toronjo, Massimo Nouhra, Zani Leo
Genres: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Dej Productions
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 09/09/2003
Original Release Date: 12/31/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 12/31/2001
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, Portuguese

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Movie Reviews

Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 04/18/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"KILLER BUZZ is a joint production between the US and Brazil, and one benefit of this is the beautiful Brazilian scenery. Opulent rain forests, jagged peaks, and lots of greenery are feasts for the eyes. What lies within, however, is a derivative, if somewhat entertaining, thriller about genetically enhanced bees. The plot revolves around the US plans to build a road into the Brazilian countryside, 100 miles long, supposedly not to interfere with the rain forest. However, with billions of dollars of oil at stake, the US is greedy enough to want to take the road 200 miles into the jungles, of course infiltrating the precious rain forest. Our heroine (the plucky Gabrielle Anwar) is a news journalist who along with her partner Raka, discover the secret....the bees are being used to wipe out the villagers and remove any blame from the government. Of course, Anwar's somewhat romantic doctor (played by Dr. Pepper and American Werewolf's David Naughton) finds out about the bees after Anwar is attacked but miraculously saved, by what he thinks are the bees. He hustles off one of the containers to New York and while on board, that's right, the bees get loose.
Also featured in the disjointed plot are Craig Sheffer, playing against type as Anwar's estranged husband; Adam Wylie, the geeky nerd from "Daybreak" who once again uses his computer knowledge to save the day; Rutger Hauer in a loopy performance as the designated hitman for the government; hunky Jason Brooks (Baywatch) as the Defense Department stud who wants to get into Anwar's pants; and Duncan Regehr as a mysterious white man who is living with the natives.
The effects of the plane and bees are second rate, but you can't help liking this movie, as it fills the need for our dislike of geneticized mutants and heroes who go beyond the norm to save the day.
Not one of the best, but it's passable."
I cant believe it ,but I liked it
Michael Butts | 06/23/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I rented this when I was coming home from the dentist.I saw this on the shelf and rented it.I loved Deadly Invasion and thought this was like it and would give me a good scare.Scary,no.Similar to Deadly Invasion,no,but i really liked it.A lot of peopie die and theres lots of action.The plot is difrent than other movies like this.When a reporter is stung by the bees in a jungle,a doctor goes looking for them.He finds a huge box filled with them and takes them on a plane with him that is going to NYC.The reporter and her friend(the man who films he)find out and are trying to find a cure.Of course on the plane some luggage falls on the box and it breaks it open.The first attack is when a young man in the restroom.They came up the sink and stung him all over.Then one bee gets on a womens headphones and when she puts them it stings her.Then one gets on a pile of jelly beans a very large man is eating.He ate the one with the bee on it.The reporters husband is on the plane and he finally finds out about the killer bees.There is no cure and the people are dieing.The driver cant land because the plane is carrying a virus from the bees.Everybody on the plane has to move to first class so the bees cant get them.They block off the entrance were they cant get in.Back on land the reporter and her friend find a tribe in the jungle that has a cure.The driver turns the plane around because they were flying over the water so there heading back to the jungle.Then the bees find a way to get to the people.But before that the doctor who brought the bees gets stung by one on the neck and one of the drivers gets stung.Anyway,the bees get to the people and attack a lot of them.The reporters husband opens a door on the plane and they all get sucked out.The driver plans to land in the middle of the jungle but one bee was still on,and it stings the driver,so the husband has to try to land it.He amazenly makes it on land and the reporter has the cure for the victims.The first 4 or 5 victims were already dead,but the rest lived.Theres a whole lot more to the story,but i dont want give that away.A great movie to see.I didnt think it would be good after the first 5 minutes,but it was.No sex or nudity,but is rated R for violence and some languge.Highly recomended!"
Lizard | Florida | 11/01/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This film must have cost a fortune to produce with pyrotechniques, dangerous stunts, lots of he-men going gung ho with fire bombs...sounds nice? It's not--many stunts, little plot, and the acting was very bad. There is this one scene this young woman is holding this fire extinguisher getting the bees saying "take that...and that...and that" it sounded and looked sooo stupid and really corny.

But I felt the majority of the acting, along with poor script with little story line, is just as bad, throughout the movie.

Lots of Rambo he-man stunts, lots of bombs and fire; but that's about it. Ironically very little bees too! When the bees did appear, to me it looked very manufactured. Here's another example of a corny script: The plane is crashing. falling..falling toward earth. the piolet says "no no no no no...pull it back pull it got it. I got it. yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah..." how thrilling...

I kid you not-I really felt ripped off because, I thought, this movie is packed full of stupid idiotic scenes that I felt very very depressed that I lost money on this lame movie, which I promptly placed where it should be--in the garbage can (really, I honestly put it in the trash so I don't have to be reminded about the money I lost). Too bad I couldn't get my money back...I thought this movie was MAJOR AWEFUL.

If you like corny rambo he-man stunts, and tough-man scenes, plenty of profanity (but to its credit no sex scenes) get the movie, but don't expect much in terms of bees and a story line; that was my honest impression.

If there was a NEGATIVE scale, that is, below "zero" I felt it would have earned that. But I do give it credit--no sex scenes.

This Buzz Will Not Get You Stoned, Though You May Feel Like
Robert I. Hedges | 05/05/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)

""Killer Buzz" (also known as "Flying Virus") is a terrible Brazilian-US co-production about bees on a plane. The opening reveals the plot to be oil company versus environmentalists versus the "Shadow People" versus the pharmaceutical industry versus killer bees, all in a package wrapped tightly with a bow of government-industrial conspiracy. Among the killer bees there's a backstory about a messy divorce between Ann Bauer (Gabrielle Anwar) and her husband-hero Martin (Craig Sheffer) which in no way furthers the plot, but foreshadows their ultimate romantic reunion at the end of the movie. The dialogue is gravely poor ("You want to tell me why you're playing tonsil hockey with my comatose wife?") as are the performances. Give the actors a break, though, they don't have a lot to work with.

The film has all the required characters necessary for a bad B-movie: annoying spoiled teenage girls, teenage computer geek who wants to date one of these girls but is instantly rebuffed, unexpected hero who is given control of a complex situation he knows nothing about, and an evil crazed lunatic played, of course, by Rutger Hauer. I have seen many Hauer movies, and despite their often poor quality, cannot imagine why he chose this role. On the plus side, the Brazilian location is lush and gorgeous. One other high note: the flight attendant helping stow the obligatory obnoxious guy's tray table. That's it for the reasons you might want to see the movie.

A money hungry executive takes a bunch of killer bees to New York on a plane with him. The turbulence knocks the bees loose on the 767, and an airborne struggle for survival begins. I have seen many aviation disaster movies, and you might expect me to be a difficult audience member given that I've been an airline pilot for twenty years, but this surpasses all but the worst aviation spectacles for sheer stupidity and terrible special effects. After the bees storm the plane the solution is to (you are so going to love this...) have Martin Bauer open one of the cabin doors, depressurizing the plane and sucking all the bees out. He accomplishes this and hangs on to a rope being pulled behind the plane flapping in the wind until the nerdy teenage boy pulls him back in and a flight attendant closes the door. I am not even going to dignify this with a professional response, but will say that from a cinematic perspective it is eye-rollingly poor.

Eventually the Captain gets stung, and while in his death throes and with Martin's help, he successfully lands the plane in a mountain range, and, least realistically of all, the plane comes through unscathed. I particularly liked the passengers "brace for impact" positions, which are not only completely unlike what the flight attendant just told them to do, but are as ludicrous as the positions adopted in the brilliant satire "Airplane!" decades ago.

As the movie closes with the 767 sitting in CGI splendor in the mountains of Brazil, the romance between Ann and Martin is magically rekindled, and bratty girl falls for teen geek. It's all enough to make you want to vomit.

My copy of "Killer Buzz" came with a disc problem that I presume is unique to my DVD. Between the 56-minute point and 1:20 into the film, the DVD skipped sometimes, so I would miss ten seconds of plot or so on occasion. My favorite instance of this was the skip that ended with Rutger Hauer bellowing "The bees are allergic to me!" This defect didn't substantially alter the viewing experience (actually it probably shortened the film by a minute or so, which was a not at all bad thing) but I thought it worthy of mention in case others suffered from a similar issue. I thought about getting another copy to watch it without the skips, but the lowest price I could find it for online was one cent, and that's still overpaying quite a bit."