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The Deadly Mantis (1957)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 26 May 1957 (USA)
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A giant prehistoric praying mantis, recently freed from the Arctic ice, voraciously preys on American military at the DEW Line and works its way south.

Director:

Nathan Juran

Writers:

Martin Berkeley (screenplay), William Alland (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Craig Stevens ... Col. Joe Parkman
William Hopper ... Dr. Nedrick Jackson
Alix Talton ... Marge Blaine
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Maj. Gen. Mark Ford
Pat Conway ... Sgt. Pete Allen
Florenz Ames ... Prof. Anton Gunther
Paul Smith ... Corporal
Phil Harvey ... Lou
Floyd Simmons ... Army Sergeant
Paul Campbell Paul Campbell ... Lt. Fred Pizar
Helen Jay Helen Jay ... Mrs. Farley
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Storyline

The calving of an Arctic iceberg releases a giant praying mantis, trapped in suspended animation since prehistoric times. It first attacks military outposts to eat their occupants, then makes its way to the warmer latitudes of Washington and New York. A paleontologist works together with military units to try to kill it. Written by Anonymous

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A Thousand Tons of Horror! From A Million Years Ago ... See more »


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Trivia

Originally released on a double bill with The Girl in the Kremlin (1957). See more »

Goofs

Antiaircraft guns are shown protecting Washington DC and Baltimore. The guns are obviously in the desert. The American Desert is in the West, nowhere near Washington or Baltimore. They are also shown in daylight but are fired at night. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Ned Jackson: The female is larger than the male and invariably destroys her mate when he's fulfilled his function in life.
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Featured in Son of Svengoolie: The Deadly Mantis (1957) (1982) See more »

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Get the Bug spray.
6 December 2005 | by vtcavuotoSee all my reviews

"The Giant Mantis" is the title and plot. There isn't much more to say. Acting is better than some of the other "giant something or other" films of the 1950s. The mantis is pretty movable-not some model that does nothing. The sequence at the very beginning is kinda cheesy but the footage and info about the DEW line and the whole radar net is pretty interesting. The character of Dr. Ned Jackson is fairly dull but Col. Parkman is OK. I get a kick out of the archive footage of the Eskimos in their kayaks. The effects are ordinary and the sets are the same as other sci-fi movies of the same period. This is a good flick to catch if you're in the mood for a giant bug movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1957 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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