As if 2020 wasn’t terrifying enough, we had murder hornets to contend with. You may’ve suppressed all memories of the homicidal Asian giant hornets thatlast year, but a new documentary’s about to send them buzzing through your brain again.
Attack of the Murder Hornets, coming to Discovery Plus on Saturday, Feb. 20, chronicles the hunt to prevent a US invasion of the horrifying pest, which measures up to 2 inches long and likes to decapitate bees for sport (a single hornet can behead 20 bees a minute, and a small group can destroy a hive of 30,000 bees in an hour and a half). Multiple stings from the insect can be fatal, and the hornets kill up to 50 people a year in Japan alone.
How do you take down an apex-predator with a sting strong enough to kill a human? That’s the central question of the film from director Michael Paul Stephenson (Best Worst Movie, The American Scream). The movie combines slasher and 1950s creature-feature tropes as it tracks a team of determined beekeepers, scientists and government workers racing to find and destroy the Asian giant hornets before they become a widespread dangerous threat.
See a tense exclusive clip for Attack of the Murder Hornets below, complete with foreboding music that underscores images of a poor beekeeper who discovers tens of thousands of his beloved bees beheaded by “nature’s serial killer.” Then try your best not to have nightmares tonight.
To watch Attack of the Murder Hornets, you’ll need a subscription to Discovery Plus, with plans starting at $4.99 a month. The service is currently offering a free seven-day trial.