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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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23 June 1971 (France)  »

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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: The Earth was created not with the gentle caress of love, but with the brutal violence of rape.
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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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The greatest movie I have ever seen.
9 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is one of few movies that actually make you feel changed inside afterwords. Even a famous Hollywood actress (whose name escapes me) said this is her favorite movie of all time.It presents convincing, even overwhelming evidence that the insects among us could easily take over the world if only THEY knew it.

The photography, especially for the period, is impressive, even flawless. And the opening scene is the ultimate zoom in, from a balcony high over Central Park in New Youk City all the way down, down, down to ants fighting.

In summation, it is truly a MUST see, most definitely. Do it!


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