Sarah Bellum | Dublin, OH United States | 09/08/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"(3.5/5 stars) I agree with the other reviewers that this is an odd pairing because "Invasion of the Star Creatures" is a black and white movie suitable for nearly all ages, while "Invasion of the Bee Girls" is an R-rated movie with sex, nudity and violence. I started to watch "Invasion of the Star Creatures," but it was so bad I could not finish it. Perhaps someday. This is more a review of the flip side, "Invasion of the Bee Girls" (aka "Graveyard Tramps"). Knowing nothing about this prior to viewing it, I was pleasantly surprised. Someone, or some thing, is having sex with the townswomen's husbands until they die (not that the men are complaining). The Bee Girls recruit the townswomen too, making the "threat" difficult to contain. Agent Agar (William Smith) is brought in to investigate, giving the movie a semblance of legitimacy. This is the type of neat little movie that doesn't try to overextend itself despite a limited budget. The few special effects are not very elaborate and work well enough for a movie of this scope. The filmmakers recognize the fact most people will not watch this for the special effects or sci-fi components, but rather for gratuitous nudity. On this count it delivers. Yes, it is trashy, but it knows its audience, does well with what it has and is also competent enough to avoid being too easily dismissed. Get this DVD for this movie and consider the other one a bonus."
joseph Corey | Raleigh, NC United States | 12/14/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Star Creatures is a goofy black and white knock off of Abbott and Costello Goes To Mars. there's some hot alien ladies in the cast. And lots of goofy comedy.
Invasion of the Bee Girls is a tempting piece of 70s scifi about women who wear big sunglasses. unlike the first feature - this is not meant to be seen by small children. The women are extra hot in this creepy low budget film where the men can't handle the pleasures of the new gals in town.
Both transfers are in fine shape. Good trashy drive in fun."
A. Gammill | West Point, MS United States | 02/08/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Another interesting drive-in double feature from MGM's Midnite Movies line. But be warned: Although MGM usually does a fine job of pairing similar films, these two are very different.
I was initially most intrigued by INVASION OF THE STAR CREATURES, as I consider myself quite a fan of 50's and 60's sci-fi, and had never even heard of this one. I wasn't prepared for the sheer silliness of the story. The best comparison I can draw would be the equally goofy (but much more entertaining) Jerry Lewis sci-fi/comedy VISIT TO A SMALL PLANET. A pair of Abbott & Costello-types get mixed up with some scantily-clad space babes. Plot? I guess there's one in there somewhere, but don't strain too hard. It's a mildly diverting, cheap little comedy that I'm in no hurry to watch again.
INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS, although similar in title, is actually a bit of 70's drive-in exploitation trash. The title characters seduce poor Earth-men and kill them, while recruiting busty Earth-women into their ranks. The sex is strictly softcore stuff, but it's still an odd pairing with such an innocuous piece of fluff like STAR CREATURES.
Honestly, folks, neither of these films is that great. But I give MGM 3 stars for a first-rate presentation of some fairly obscure films that any serious drive-in afficiando will want in their collection. "
Two B-Movies in one...
Michael Valdivielso | Alexandria, VA | 02/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Two movies in one. The first one is one I never heard of. Invasion of the Star Creatures. This movie is funny but has the feel of somebody hiring a friend of a friend of a friend. Or maybe hiring your aunt or your stepsister. The actors and actresses can't be judged poorly when you realize what material they had to start with. It is bad but in some way it was meant to be bad. This is not a serious film. The main plot is two female aliens are the vanguard of a invasion of Earth. They have advanced weapons and plant men to help them. No, really, plant men. They just grew their soldiers. The second film was Invasion of the Bee Girls. This one I had on tape and just wanted to replace it so I could watch it without having to rewind all the time. Maybe I am too lazy? This film is also funny, not to be taken seriously no matter what somebody tries to tell you. Some nudity and sexual scenes give this movie a R rating. The plot to this one is harder to explain - it has to do with trying to mate with males but failing - and really didn't need bees in it. But if you like bees like me, well, that's OK too. Get it used. No extras. Yes, I gave it a five out of five. The titles are telling you what you are going to get. It is funny, full of camp and not much else."
Another good double feature from MGM
Grapey Grimes | Cincy, OH | 12/07/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"MGM does a good job with these Midnight Movie double features, and this one is no exception.
If youre like me, youve got a fair amount of Cult and Grindhouse movies on DVD. These DVDs can be really shoddy on quality and a lot of the time are taken from old VHS transfers in full screen. Sometimes the movie itself is worth sitting through in spite of thses inferior transfers, sometimes not. But MGM usually provides a superior product in this market (although they have been known to heavily edit/censor these movies for content in some cases). Both films here are well presented.
The real draw feature here is Invasion of the Bee Girls. Have no fear sleaze fan, this movie delivers on it's R-rated promise. Russ Meyer would've been proud to include most of the female cast here in his features. Of particular note is the transformations scene involving multiple women and some marshmallow cream.
The other movie, Invasion of the Star Creatures is a throw away, though I guess it's not as terrible as some I've seen. Unlike the real attraction here it is completely devoid of bared-buxom-beauties. "