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
Alix Talton (who resembled Della Street in this movie) was reunited with William Hopper the following year 1958 on the Perry Mason TV series episode 'The Case of the Long-Legged Models' in the role of Eva Elliot. See more »
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[the officers are all staring at Marge]
Dr. Ned Jackson:
It looks like you don't have too many women up here, Colonel.
Col. Joe Parkman:
Well, we have a little joke up here. The boys say there's a girl behind every tree. Only try and find a tree.
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The Deadly Mantis was made towards the end of Universal's 1950's cycle of monster/sci-fi movies. This one is one of the best.
A giant prehistoric mantis is awoken from a long sleep by atomic bomb testing in the North Pole. After going on the rampage in the frozen wastes and killing several people in the process, it heads first for Washington and then New York, where it is eventually gassed in Manhattan Tunnel.
The giant mantis in this movie looks quite impressive despite the low budget. The movie's cast is led by William Hopper (20 Million Miles to Earth). He and the others play good parts.
I found this movie quite enjoyable and is worth watching if you get the chance.
Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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