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The Hellstrom Chronicle (1971)

A scientist explains how the savagery and efficiency of the insect world could result in their taking over the world.

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This unique and quirky offering combines elements of documentary films and horror movies to illustrate the potential threat posed by the world's insects. With their collective intelligence, high capacity for work and sharp instincts, the film argues, they are waging a struggle against humans for supremacy of our planet. Expert cinematography captures footage of the small creatures, some quite tiny and elusive, interspersed with clips from horror films to achieve dramatic effects. Written by Jwelch5742

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insect | mankind | survivor | phd | spider | See All (14) »

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Shocking. Beautiful. Brilliant. Sensual. Deadly... and in the end only they will survive. See more »

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23 June 1971 (France)  »

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A Crônica de Hellstrom  »

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This film was the inspiration for the 1973 novel Hellstrom's Hive by Frank Herbert. See more »

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Dr. Hellstrom: Compared with Man, we have to admit that the insect does not display what we can describe as intelligence. But don't feel too proud about that, because where there is no intelligence, there is also no stupidity.
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End Credits: Nils Hellstrom, M.S., Ph.D., is a fictional character who was portrayed by Lawrance Pressman. His statements relating to the impermanence of the human species have been synthesized from contemporary opinions. All statements about the insect world are factual and have been reviewed by Roy Snelling and Charles Hogue, Ph.D., of the Entomology Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History. See more »

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Referenced in The Matrix (1999) See more »

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VERY CONVINCING
13 August 1999 | by (THE MIDWEST) – See all my reviews

This film. when I saw it years ago, had me convinced that it was a real "documentary." Excellent special effects and a very good performance by Lawrence Pressman.

More convincing it its way than the current Blair Witch Project which also purports to be a real story


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