YMMV: The Swarm

  • Awesome Music: "Music by Jerry Goldsmith." The one credit on ANY movie with a "no-suck" guarantee. Here's proof.
  • MST3K Mantra: Clearly the movie is trying to employ this, by throwing in as many over-the-top sequences as possible and not making even the slightest effort to depict the bees realistically, but the finished product is just so absurd that it blows way past the point of Willing Suspension of Disbelief.
  • Narm: While swarms of bees overpowering anything in their path is terrifying in concept, the execution of it is very outlandish and hammy. Which leads to many moments of drama just failing.
    • The illusions of the giant killer bees.
    • Multiple Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland's infamous slo-mo Big "NO!" scream/moan.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Slim Pickens as Jud Hawkins. See here.
    • Then there's Josť Ferrer, who has about thirty seconds of screen time as the head of the nuclear plant.
  • So Bad, It's Good
  • Special Effect Failure: And how. The train wreck is merely the most egregious example.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Dr. Crane is clearly supposed to be the hero and General Slater the villain. The trouble is that all of the schemes for dealing with the bees suggested by Slater all seem eminently sensible but are shot down by Crane on the grounds of the "environmental damage" (even after the bees have already blown up a nuclear reactor, killing upwards of 30,000 people) whilst none of Crane's schemes actually work until the end. On top of that, Crane defeats the swarm of bees by setting an oil slick on fire, even though that is not exactly great for the environment.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The deadly bees are referred to as "the Africans" a few times, leading to a bit of this.