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The Hellstrom Chronicle (1971)

The Hellstrom Chronicle (1971)

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Professor Hellstrom (Lawrence Pressman), a famous entomologist, is so shaken by the savagery and ferocity he sees in the world of predatory insects that he films this "documentary" to warn mankind that it is in danger. Included in the accompanying documentary footage are such spectacles as a war between opposing colonies of ants and the cannibalistic mating practices of the praying mantis.
Rating:
G
Genre:
Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:
David L. Wolper Productions

Cast

Professor Hellstrom
as Entomologist
Lawrence Pressman
as Nils Hellstrom
Conlan Carter
as Farmer

Critic Reviews for The Hellstrom Chronicle

All Critics (1)

You still can't get any closer to a bug

August 22, 2008
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Audience Reviews for The Hellstrom Chronicle

Won 1971 Best Documentary feature Oscar, but this film all about the insect world is fascinating and - at times - trippy and scary. Even though rated G, the insect violence, creepy narration, and soundtrack make this feel like a horror/sci-fi flick. I mean if you love Docs, you have to see this!

Clarence Eckerson
Clarence Eckerson
½

Using paranoid purple prose, fictional scientist Dr. Hellstrom narrates this documentary about the evolutionary superiority of insects compared to humans and the inevitability of their eventual triumph over us. Edifying, entertaining and vaguely psychedelic in its presentation; it's like a mondo horror documentary, with scenes of a bulbous termite queen spitting out eggs, a battle between invading wasps and a swarm of bee defenders, and a horde of millions of army ants marching across the savannah consuming every plant, insect or reptile in its path.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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