The Hellstrom Chronicle1971
The Hellstrom Chronicle (1971)
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Critic Reviews for The Hellstrom Chronicle
Put together by Walon Green from film shot on five continents, it offers a chilling thought and, if you can ignore that commentary, it is obviously high time we made friends with the termites.
It is still the most extraordinary film which alternates the stunningly beautiful with the intensely ugly so tantalisingly that you begin to wonder which is which.
The apocalyptic message it has to deliver is that the insects are taking over from man: scientifically possible, perhaps, but dramatised with absurd over-emphasis.
The narration is so theatrical and philosophically naive that it's unworthy of the photography.
Audience Reviews for The Hellstrom Chronicle
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.
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