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The Hellstrom Chronicle1971

The Hellstrom Chronicle (1971)




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Professor Hellstrom (Lawrence Pressman), a famous entomologist, is so shaken by the savagery and ferocity he sees in the world of predatory insects that he films this "documentary" to warn mankind that it is in danger. Included in the accompanying documentary footage are such spectacles as a war between opposing colonies of ants and the cannibalistic mating practices of the praying mantis.


Lawrence Pressman
as Nils Hellstrom
Professor Hellstrom
as Entomologist

Critic Reviews for The Hellstrom Chronicle

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

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.

March 19, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

March 19, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

March 19, 2020 | Full Review…

The narration is so theatrical and philosophically naive that it's unworthy of the photography.

July 6, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The Hellstrom Chronicle is overwhelmingly brilliant.

April 28, 2020 | Full Review…

[The Hellstrom Chronicle is] about the ferocity and the frightening organisation of the insect world.

March 19, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

Greg S
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