Professor Hellstrom, a famous entomologist, is so shaken by the savagery and ferocity of the predatory insect world that he films this “documentary” to warn mankind of its danger. Featuring stunning microphotography of a variety of insects and plants that include ultra close-ups of wars between ant colonies and a gigantic praying mantis practicing cannibalism. This unusual blend of horror film and nature study won an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1972.
“A masterpiece! Incredibly beautiful, a visual and aural feast. Infused with magical
drama and sinister excitement.” – Newsweek Magazine
“This film is simply and literally a stunner, totally absorbing” – New York Times
• 1972 ACADEMY AWARD WINNER: BEST DOCUMENTARY
• 1972 BAFTA AWARD WINNER: FLAHERTY DOCUMENTARY AWARD
• 1971 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL AWARD WINNER: TECHNICAL GRAND PRIZE
- NTSC Region 1