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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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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 released on a double-bill with the original "Willy Wonka" movie (also a Wolper production) in the summer of 1971. See more »

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Dr. Hellstrom: In fighting the insect we have killed ourselves, polluted our water, poisoned our wildlife, permeated our own flesh with deadly toxins. The insect becomes immune, and we are poisoned. In fighting with superior intellect, we have outsmarted ourselves.
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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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