The Hellstrom Chronicle
The Hellstrom Chronicle is an American film released in 1971 which combines elements of documentary, science fiction, horror and apocalyptic prophecy to present a gripping satirical depiction of the struggle for survival between humans and insects. It was conceived and produced by David L. Wolper, directed by Walon Green and written by David Seltzer, who earned a Writers Guild of America Award nomination for his screenplay.
|The Hellstrom Chronicle|
|Directed by||Ed Spiegel|
|Written by||David Seltzer|
|Produced by||David L. Wolper|
|Edited by||John Soh|
|Music by||Lalo Schifrin|
|Distributed by||Cinema 5 Distributing|
Fictitious scientist Dr. Nils Hellstrom (played by Lawrence Pressman) guides viewers throughout the film. He claims, on the basis of scientific-sounding theories, that insects will ultimately win the fight for survival on Earth because of their adaptability and ability to reproduce rapidly and that the human race will lose this fight largely because of excessive individualism. The film combines short clips from horror and science fiction movies with extraordinary camera sequences of butterflies, locusts, wasps, termites, ants, mayflies, other insects rarely seen before on film and insectivorous plants/insects.
- Lawrence Pressman - Dr. Nils Hellstrom
Green later called it "almost yellow-journally but good. We were giving the audience an elbow to the ribs every third line."
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