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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.

Directors:

Walon Green, Ed Spiegel

Writer:

David Seltzer
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Lawrence Pressman ... Dr. Hellstrom
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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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Science Fiction? No. Science Fact. See more »

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

Quotes

Dr. Hellstrom: [Closing lines] In a logic that perhaps no man will ever understand, the true winner is the last to finish the race.
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Crazy Credits

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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Features The Naked Jungle (1954) See more »

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i need to see this again
8 December 2001 | by BouSee all my reviews

I saw this when it came out, and I remember that I was mightily impressed with both the cinematography and the science. Alas, this film had a misleading marketing campaign that made it sound like it was not a bug movie, but a bug-eyed monster movie. The theater was packed with people expecting the latter, and you can imagine the noise level. (Why don't such people just go home?)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1971 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Crônica de Hellstrom See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Gross USA:

$39,767
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Wolper Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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