You can pretty much guess a film’s in trouble when it begins with an ominous narrative that ends with: “The following could be a true story”. Deadly Invasion starts slow and gets dull from there. This was a 1995 TV film about killer bees. Weren’t we over that story in the 1970’s? The plot is predictable at every turn. This might not be all that bad if not for below B grade acting and cinematography. I’m more afraid of having to watch this film again than of killer bees.
A sub par Dolby Digital 2.0 track is probably all this film deserved and that’s what it gets. Sounds are often muddy and lower range audio will turn the finest of subs into a transistor radio speaker.
Deadly Invasion was originally filmed for TV; therefore the full frame video transfer is its release format. Colors are always washed. Exterior scenes come through as terribly overexposed. I’m not sure if the flaw lies in the transfer or the original print. Depth is completely absent in any of the dark tints. This looks like a bad 1970’s video tape.
Mercifully there are none.
Everything about this film screams 1970’s from the video texture to the music and story. If you’re really interested in a killer bee film try the theatrical release “The Swarm”. My advice is to stay away from this one at any price. If you do end up with a copy remember “You’re not exactly in the safest place here”.